Since the inception of the Adult Learning Center (ALC) in September 2001, the program continues to meet more student needs, enhance program services and address the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s objectives for literacy. The Adult Learning Center at Essex County College has been the Lead Agency for the combined Essex County College Literacy and the Jewish Vocational Consortia for six years.


To enroll in either the ESL or ABE/GED program, students are required to take a placement test and be interviewed by an ALC staff member. Students are encouraged to attend classes on a long-term basis until academic goals are achieved. Additionally, an array of support services is available to ESL and ABE/GED students. They include counseling, tutoring and workshops that pertain to job readiness, career planning and applying to college. Adult Learning Center students also have the option of enrolling in computer literacy classes that include First Step to Computers Literacy and Introduction to Word for Windows or Excel.


Classes are designed to meet the varied time constraints and challenges that our students face, are conveniently held at four locations, and are scheduled days, evenings and weekends. Classes are held at the Main and West Essex Campuses and at two of Ironbound Community Corporation sites. To further address barriers, the Essex County Consortiums which is comprised of Essex County College-Adult Learning Center, Jewish Vocational Services Metro West, East Orange School District/Edmonson Center, Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools, Focus Hispanic Center, La Casa De Don Pedro, Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), New Community Corporation, North Ward Center, 1199 SEIU Education Fund, NJ Division and South Orange Maplewood.

Contact Information

Judith Celestin, Director
Adult Learning Center
A. Zachary Yamba Building; Room 3249
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.877.1894

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