Literacy/Education Programs for Adults

Basic Literacy/Reading Help

Alachua County Library District Literacy Program
Contact Person: Theresa Sterling, ACLD Literacy Coordinator
Telephone: 352-334-3929
Email Address: tsterling@aclib.us
Web Address: www.aclib.us/literacy
Type of literacy services available: Reading help for adults
Learning Environment: one-on-one, small group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Determined by learners’ schedules.
Geographical Area: Alachua County – all library branches
Description of Program: Private literacy tutoring and small group instruction for adults. All materials provided. Trained volunteer tutors serve at library branches convenient for learners.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Alachua County Library District ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Contact Person: Theresa Sterling, ACLD Literacy Coordinator
Telephone: 352-334-3929
Email Address: tsterling@aclib.us
Web Addresswww.aclib.us/literacy
Type of literacy services available: English learning services for adults
Learning Environment: small group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Description of Program: All materials provided; classes provided by trained volunteer instructors.

Headquarters Library 
401 University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
Advanced English Conversation Group
Meeting Room B

Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30pm
Intermediate ESOL
Meeting Room B

Alachua Branch Library 
14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua, FL 32615

Mondays 11:00am – 12:30pm
High Beginning ESOL
Main Meeting Room

Alachua County Public Schools - Community-Based ESOL
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E. University Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu
Telephone: (352) 955-7035
Web Address: www.sbac.edu

For most current class schedule and locations:

  1. Go to www.sbac.edu and click Departments
  2. Select “A-F”
  3. Next, select “A-C”
  4. Select “Adult Education/GED"
  5. Select ESOL Classes

Type of literacy services available: ESOL
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30 per semester, plus books
Time of Day: Mornings and evenings; consult website or call for schedule
Geographical Area: UF Campus: Corry Village, Maguire Village, Diamond Village. 
Description of Program: Instruction in English language; open to everyone in the community (not just UF population). Beginning through high intermediate levels.

English Corner
Contact Person: Bob Gailey
Street Address: Campus House, 1810 NW 1st Ave.
Telephone: 352-258-9367
Email Address: gatorgailey@juno.com
Web Site: www.UFCCH.com/English-corner
Type of literacy services available: English conversation practice and classes
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: See web site
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Classes, conversation groups, cultural activities

English Language Institute – University of Florida
Contact Person: Lia Brenneman
Street Address: 223 Matherly Hall, 1405 W University Ave.
Telephone: 273-4384
Email Address: lia@ufl.edu
Web Address: www.eli.ufl.edu
Type of literacy services available: Intensive ESOL, SAT prep, IELTS, business, English, pronunciation, reading writing, grammar, and academic listening and speaking.
Learning Environment: small classes with about 12 students
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Fee – call for more information
Time of Day: Morning and afternoon classes – call for more information
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes available. Design your own full-time program.

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist Church
Contact Person: Mary Lynne Moore, Director
Street Address: 3403 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609
Telephone: 352-378-2606
Email Address: ml@myilc.org
Web Site: www.myilc.org
Type of literacy services available: Conversation practice with a ministry focus.
Learning Environment: Large group/classroom
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $80 per semester (scholarships available); program follows Alachua County Public Schools calendar
Time of Day: Monday and Wednesdays 9:00 to 11:30am; Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00pm
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Five levels of English language learning. Nursery available for children age 6 months to 4 years.

Language Exchange at The Midnight
Street Address: 223 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: (352) 672-6113
Web Address: www.facebook.com/gainesvilleexchange/
Learning Environment: Casual Mixing
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Day/Time: Thursdays 9:00pm-?
Geographical Area: Downtown Gainesville
Description of Program: Gainesville Language Exchange (GLX) holds weekly events where people can come practice any language with any one from another. It's a place where you can make friends and practice speaking with great people from all over the world.

Latina Women’s League
Contact Person: Victoria Condor-Williams, President
Telephone: (352) 378-9787
Email Address: vcondor@hotmail.com
Web Address: www.latinawomensleague.org
Type of literacy services available: ESOL; also citizenship classes
Learning Environment: Large group/classroom
Age Group: Adult
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Classes run February through April and Octobert through December each year.
Geographical Area: Millhopper Library – 352-334-1272 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville
Description of Program: Survival English: a beginning-level ESOL course with an emphasis on basic daily life lessons and developing the language skills necessary to become self- sufficient.

Santa Fe College
Contact Person: Beth Alexander
Street Address: 3000 N.W. 83rd Street, Gainesville, 32606
Telephone: 381-7046
Email Address: AdultESOL@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/academic-foundations/adult-education/esol/index
Type of literacy services available: ESOL classes at four levels; language lab
Learning Environment: Friendly and supportive
Age Group: 19-90
Cost: $30/semester; some international visa types not accepted
Time of Day: Weekdays and evenings at Main Campus and Downtown Blount Campus
Geographical Area: Northwest and Downtown
Description of Program: The program covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Tower Road Branch Library Conversational English*
Contact Person: Pat Carr
Street Address: 3020 S.W. 75th Street Gainesville, FL 32608
Telephone: (352) 333-2840
Email Address: pcarr@aclib.us
Web Address: www.aclib.us/tower-road
Type of literacy services available: English conversation practice for non-native speakers.
Learning Environment: one-on-one
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Flexible; determined by conversation pairs
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Volunteers meet with adult English language learners to practice conversation skills. Structure of meetings guided by learners’ needs and interests.

*Due to Tower Road Branch renovations this program is currently not accepting students. Please check back in January 2018.​*

Welcoming Gainesville
Contacts: Paula Roetscher, Executive Director welcominggainesville@gmail.com or Ms. Tate Quinones tquinones93@gmail.com
Web Site: https://welcominggainesville.org
Type of literacy services available: English conversation practice
Learning Environment: One-on-one conversation pairs
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: based around learner and tutor schedules
Geographical Area: Gainesville public spaces
Description of Program: Volunteer conversation partners meet in public spaces throughout the community with those wanting to practice speaking English.
Procedure: To enroll, complete/submit this form and Welcoming Gainesville will contact you to match you with a partner! 

Adult Basic Education/GED

Alachua County Public Schools - Adult Basic Education
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E. University Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 955-7035
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu
Web Address: www.sbac.edu

  1. Go to “Departments” and select “A-F”
  2. Select “A-C”
  3. Select “Adult Education/GED”

Type of literacy services available: Adult Basic Education
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Group
Age Group: Adult
Cost: $30
Time of Day: Mornings and afternoons; see website for schedule
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Adult basic education in literacy and math.

Alachua County Public Schools - Adult Education High School
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E. University Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 955-7035
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu
Web Address: www.sbac.edu

  1. Go to “Departments” and select “A-F”
  2. Select “A-C”
  3. Select “Adult Education/GED”

Type of literacy services available: High school courses for adults who wish to complete their high school diploma. Limited eligibility.
Learning Environment: Classroom
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30 
Time of Day: Schedule varies, please call (352) 955-7035 for more information
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Individuals who need a few credits to finish their high school diplomas; limited eligibility; call for registration information.

Alachua County Public Schools - GED Preparation
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E. University Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: (352) 955-7035
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu
Web Address: www.sbac.edu

  1. Go to “Departments” and select “A-F”
  2. Select “A-C”
  3. Select “Adult Education/GED”

Type of literacy services available: GED
Learning Environment: One-on-one, Classroom, Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30 
Time of Day: Mornings and afternoons; consult website for schedule
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: GED preparation assistance

Gainesville Community Ministry
Contact Person: Maria LeFave, Ph.D.
Street Address: 238 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-214-1520
Email Address: marialefave@gmail.com
Web Address: www.gcmhelp.org
Type of literacy services available: GED classes; also pre-GED math instruction available
Learning Environment: Small group and individualized instruction within the group for the math focus.
Age Group: Age 18 and older
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Monday & Wednesday 9:00am - 11:00am;
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:00 – 2:30pm
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: Instruction includes classes in science, social studies, reading/language arts and math.

Santa Fe College-Archer Campus
Contact Person: Darlene Skidmore
Street Address: The Davis Center – 17500 SW Archer Road Archer, FL 32618
Telephone: 352-381-3707
Email Address: darlene.skidmore@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: http://dept.sfcollege.eduacademicfoundations/adulted
Type of services available: Adult Basic Education/GED
Learning Environment: One-on-one, classroom, group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30 
Time of Day: Mondays through Thursdays in the morning; Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evenings.
Geographical Area: Archer/Newberry
Description of Program: GED preparation; College Placement Test preparation; Adult Basic Education.

Santa Fe College-Downtown Campus
Contact Person: Laura Predny
Street Address: The Blount Center – 401 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-395-4496
Email Address: laura.predny@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: http://dept.sfcollege.eduacademicfoundations/adulted
Type of services available: Adult Basic Education/GED
Learning Environment: One-on-one, classroom, group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30
Time of Day: Both mornings and evenings.
Geographical Area: NE and SE Gainesville
Description of Program: GED preparation; College Placement Test preparation; Adult Basic Education.

Santa Fe College-Northwest Campus
Contact Person: Beth Kinsey
Street Address: 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building G-32, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-395-5760
Email Address: beth.kinsey@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: http://dept.sfcollege.eduacademicfoundations/adulted
Type of services available: Adult Basic Education/GED
Learning Environment: One-on-one, classroom, group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30
Time of Day: Both mornings and evenings.
Geographical Area: NW and SW Gainesville
Description of Program: GED preparation; College Placement Test preparation; Adult Basic Education.

 

Other Adult Education Programs

Citizenship Classes

Latina Women’s League
Contact Person: Ileana McCray
Street Address: Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd Street
Telephone: 352-262-6601
Email Address: info@latinawomensleague.org
Web Site: www.latinawomensleague.org
Type of services available: Citizenship classes
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Thursdays 6:00 to 7:30pm
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Classes run September 3rd to October 15, 2015.

Employment Services/Job Skills

Jobs for Life - Gainesville Community Ministry
Contact Person: Maria LeFave, Ph.D.
Street Address: 238 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-214-1520
Email Address: marialefave@gmail.com
Web Address: www.gcmhelp.org
Type of services available: Pre-employment skills and strategies for maintaining employment.
Learning Environment: Small group
Age Group: Age 18 and above
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Program lasts 8 weeks. Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Geographical Area: Alachua County
Description of Program: This program is designed to assist chronically underemployed and unemployed people in attaining and keeping gainful employment.

Project Progress
Contact Person: Jessica Hudgins or Elvia Fuller
Street Address: University of Florida
Telephone: English--321.446.7326; Spanish-- 813.451.4598
Email Address: project.progress.uf@gmail.com
Web Address: Project Progress on Facebook
Type of literacy/education services available: One-on-one tutoring for two hours a week, twice a week. The lessons are catered toward the students' needs and are given by student-volunteers from UF, Santa Fe, and the Gainesville community.
Learning Environment: The classes take place in an on-campus classroom and the atmosphere is very casual and inviting.
Age Group: Adults of all ages attend classes with us.
Cost: Free
Times/Days: Thursdays and Sundays from 7:20- 9:20
Geographical Area: Little Hall Room 127
Description of Program: We give free English classes for anyone interested in attending! There are no requirements for classes except that students bring an eagerness to learn! 

SWAG (South West Advocacy Group) Family Resource Center
Contact Person: Amanda Elliott
Street Address: 807 SW 102nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608
Telephone: 352-505-6823
Email Address: Amanda.Elliott@pfsf.org
Web Address: http://www.pfsf.org/resource-centers/swag-family-resource-center/
Type of literacy services available: Employment Services
Learning Environment: Individual
Age Group Served: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: During business hours: Monday and Wednesday 9am-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-6pm, and Friday 9am-3pm
Geographical Area: SW Gainesville
Description of Program: Volunteers assist with job searching, resume writing, professional clothing, and other employment needs when resources are available. Please call to make an appointment.

Financial Literacy

Bridges to Prosperity - Catholic Charities
Contact Person: Rev. James Dixon
Street Address: 1701 NE 9th St., Gainesville, FL
Telephone: 352-372-0294 ext. 104
Email Address: jdixon@catholiccharitiesgainesville.org
Web Address: www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org; www.bridgestoprosperitygainesville.org
Type of literacy services available: Professional and Personal Development
Learning Environment: Casual circle group; not a formal classroom setting.
Age Group: All ages
Cost: None
Time of Day: Call for schedule.
Geographical Area: Located in NE Gainesville but open to all areas.
Description of Program: Bridges to Prosperity is interested in moving families from poverty to economic stability, and, at the same time, changing the way poverty is viewed and understood in the community.

SWAG (South West Advocacy Group) Family Resource Center
Contact Person: Amanda Elliott
Street Address: 807 SW 102nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32608
Telephone: 352-505-6823
Email Address: Amanda.Elliott@pfsf.org
Web Address: http://www.pfsf.org/resource-centers/swag-family-resource-center/
Type of literacy services available: Financial Literacy
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group Served: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: TBD
Geographical Area: SW Gainesville
Description of Program: Program to assist adults with managing their resources to meet their financial needs and goals. Please call to ask about dates for this program.