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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 ESL program is to help individuals acquire English proficiency and continue to achieve their educational, employment and personal goals.

Classes are now held at one of two locations:

Wealthy Learning Corner
1154 Wealthy Street SE

Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC
622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

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


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