Second Chance

Journey Towards Your ILHSE (formerly GED)

People of all ages and backgrounds are working towards their Illinois High School Equivalency or ILHSE in our classrooms.  The diversity in age, ethnicity, and stories adds to the rich learning environment.  Everyone has the same goal: to earn an ILHSE certificate.  It is not an easy goal, but the students who are dedicated to their goal have left the program not only with smiles but with new confidence that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. ­

Student Stories:

Juan came to the United States by himself when he was 15 years old.  He began working immediately and looked into what documents he needed to attend High School.  A manager registered Juan in a high school, but he soon realized that working 3 part-time jobs and going to school was more than he could handle.  When Juan was offered a full-time position making more money, he dropped out of school his senior year. 

Juan is in the Adult Secondary Education program in District 214’s Adult Education & Family Literacy program.  He works full-time at a popular upscale restaurant and has been with his employer for many years.  Juan is working on his ILHSE and has started his own Event Planning business.  Using the vouchers we provide to take the GED tests has been very helpful while he starts his own business.

"Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try." - Anonymous

Jonathan was new to our Adult Secondary Education classes in the Fall of 2016.  Jonathan fell behind in high school, and is now married.  He knows exactly what he wants to do for a career: a dialysis technician.  With such a specific goal and support of his employer and family, Jonathan came to class three evenings a week.  He completed all outside assignments and has been rewarded for his dedication and hard work with his Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate.  

Jonathan and Juan are perfect examples that dedication, hard work, and sacrifice are characteristics of success and the steps necessary to accomplishing one’s goals.

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

Rosie attended class with her husband, Jose.  Together they were able to support and encourage each other.  Rosie and Jose came to every class early and prepared.  They knew this would not be easy.  Both Rosie and Jose have good jobs they love.  Their goal in attaining their ILHSE is a personal goal rather than a professional goal, though they both know that their ILHSE adds credibility to their work and could lead to moving up the company ladder. Rosie and Jose were models in showing others what teamwork looks like and the benefits of perseverance.   They not only encouraged each other to work hard, but helped and supported their fellow classmates.

Many of our students have the entrepreneurial spirit and, with their ILHSE, have started their own businesses with skills they have acquired with previous or current employment. Students often find friends for life in the classroom and meet with each other outside of class to enjoy the supportive company of others who have similar goals.

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. - Albert Einstein

Please join us.  We would love to meet you. 

For more information contact Nicol Engel at 847-718-7953 or