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ESL & Citizenship

Grand Rapids Community College offers high-quality English proficiency instruction, to residents in neighborhood sites that are accessible and familiar. English and Citizenship instruction are provided by GRCC, Word ESL and Literacy Center instructors.

The goal of the English-As-a-Second-Language (ESL) program is to help individuals acquire English proficiency and continue to achieve their educational, employment and personal goals.

Classes are now held at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW., in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Next ESL orientation:

Due to high demand, the ESL program has a waiting time of 4 to 5 semesters. Please call or stop by one of our locations to put your contact information in the waiting list.  GRCC Adult Education will only call students in the waiting list for orientations.

Please call 234-3172 or email Lorena at for more information.

Participant requirements for ESL Program:

  • Must be 20 years of age.
  • Must attend an orientation.
  • Must take pre-tests and pay $5.00 non-refundable, assessment fee.
  • Must score 181 - 235 on the CASAS Pre-test to be eligible in our program per state requirements.
  • Must have a valid Michigan issued ID or Passport
  • Must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee per semester

Adult Education Calendar of Events 2015-2016:

  • Summer semester starts July 13, 2015 and ends August 27, 2015.
  • Fall enrollment- August 2015
  • Fall semester starts September 19, 2015 and ends December 19, 2015
  • Winter enrollment- January 2016
  • Winter semester starts February 6, 2016 and ends May 14, 2016
  • Adult Education Achievement Celebration- June 2, 2016

Other ESL programs in the Grand Rapids Area:

Word ESL

2023 E. Fulton St.,

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-454-4874


Literacy Center of West Michigan

1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-459-5151

Wyoming Public Schools

3600 Byron Center Ave. SW

Wyoming, MI  49519

Phone:  616-530-7500

Grand Rapids Public Schools

2405 Leonard St. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Phone: 616-819-2734