Literacy/Education Programs for Adults

Basic Literacy/Reading Help

Alachua County Library District Literacy Program
Contact Person: ACLD Literacy Coordinator
Telephone: 352-334-3929
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: Jeremy Merritt, Literacy Program Specialist
Telephone: 352-334-3929
Email Address: jmerritt@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.
How to sign up: Visit us during 'open enrollment' at Headquarters on Tuesdays, 11 am - 2 pm. The Literacy office is located on the 3rd floor, near the 900s. You can also ask for Jeremy or ESOL enrollment at any of the service desks.

Headquarters Library 
401 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00pm
Basic English (ESOL) Class
Meeting Room B

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

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

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

Tower Road Branch Library 
3020 SW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
Intermediate English (ESOL) Class
Meets in the Teen Space

Alachua County Public Schools - Community-Based ESOL
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu
Telephone: 352-955-7035
Web Address: https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/domain/37
Type of literacy services available: ESOL
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: $30 (cash only, due at registration) 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.
Walk-in registration: Wednesdays 9-11 am at 620 E. University Ave., Gainesville https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=22938&dataid=40804&FileName=Adult%20ESOL%20Registration-%20Fall%202018.pdf

English Corner
Contact Person: Bob Gailey
Street Address: Campus House, 1810 NW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
Telephone: 352-258-9367
Email Address: gatorgailey@juno.com
Web Site: https://ufcch.jimdo.com/english-corner/
Type of literacy services available: English conversation practice and classes
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 2-4 pm Tuesdays, 6-8 pm Thursdays
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, Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: 352-273-4384
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.

English Language Learning at Catholic Charities
Contact Person: Pat Rayos
Street Address: 1701 NE 9th St, Gainesville, FL 32609
Telephone: 352-682-5078
Email Address: prayos@ccgnv.org
Type of literacy services available: ESL - conversational and survival English
Learning Environment: Small group learning in classrooms
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free, covers classes and textbooks
Time of Day: Tuesdays 4-6 pm (Beginning/Low Intermediate) and Thrusdays 6-8 pm (High Intermediate)
Geographical Area: Gainesville
Description of Program: Conversational and survival English, multi-level classes, learning about American culture with community leaders, and referrals to community resources

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist Church
Contact Person: Mary Lynne Moore, Director
Street Address: 3403 NW 13th St, 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: Mondays 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 St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-672-6113
Web Address: www.facebook.com/gainesvilleexchange/
Learning Environment: Casual Mixing
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 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
Street Address: Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606
Telephone: 352-378-9787 (Latina Women's League); 352-334-1272 (Millhopper Library)
Email Address: vcondor@hotmail.com
Web Address: www.latinawomensleague.org/programs
Type of literacy services available: ESOL; also citizenship classes
Learning Environment: Large group/classroom
Age Group: Adult
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Classes run September 6 - November 1, 2018.
Geographical Area: NW 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 St, Gainesville, 32606
Telephone: 352-381-7046
Email Address: AdultESOL@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/adult-education/esol/index
Type of literacy services available: ESOL classes for everyday functional English, at four levels; language lab
Learning Environment: Classroom instruction, with standardized testing and required attendance levels. 
Age Group: 19-90  Note: B, F, J and Tourist visa types not accepted. 
Cost: $30/semester   
Time of Day: 9:00am -12:00 noon, Mondays and Wednesdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at NW campus; 6:00 – 8:45 pm, Mondays and Wednesdays at the Blount Center (Downtown)
Geographical Area: Northwest (morning classes) and Downtown (evening classes)
Description of Program: The program covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing, grammar and vocabulary.

Tower Road Branch Library Conversational English (Not currently accepting any more new learners. Check back soon for openings.)
Contact Person: Pat Carr
Street Address: 3020 S.W. 75th St 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.

Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County
Email Address: welcominggainesville@gmail.com
Web Site: https://welcominggainesville.org/programs
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
Contact Person: Mike Sanders
Street Address: 620 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601
Telephone: 352-955-7035
Email Address: sandermv@gm.sbac.edu

  •  Adult Basic Education
  • Web Address: https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/domain/37
  • 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
  • Adult Education High School
  • Web Address: https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/domain/37
  • 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.
  •  GED Preparation & Testing
  • Web Address: https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/domain/37
  • 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
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. [General hours/registration are from 9 am -2 pm, Monday - Thursday. Food pantry closes at noon. To qualify for their dental clinic, bring Social Security card, proof of income, & ID, 9 am - 12 pm.]

Santa Fe College - Archer Campus
Contact Person: Darlene Skidmore
Street Address: The Davis Center – 17500 SW Archer Rd, Archer, FL 32618
Telephone: 352-381-3707
Email Address: darlene.skidmore@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/adult-education/index
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 St, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-395-4496
Email Address: laura.predny@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/adult-education/index
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, SE, & downtown 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 St, Building G-32, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-395-5760
Email Address: beth.kinsey@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/adult-education/index
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 St, Gainesville, FL 32606
Telephone: 352-262-6601
Email Address: info@latinawomensleague.org
Web Site: www.latinawomensleague.org/programs
Type of services available: Citizenship classes
Learning Environment: Group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: Thursdays 6 - 7:30pm
Geographical Area: NW Gainesville
Description of Program: Classes run September 6 - November 1, 2018.

Employment Services/Job Skills/Other

Focus on the Future (Displaced Homemaker) - Santa Fe College
Contact Person: JoAnn Wilkes
Street Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606
Telephone: 352-395-5047
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/focus-on-the-future/index
Type of services available: Life Management Skills including self-esteem building, stress management, assertive communication skills, time management, problem solving and goal setting * Employability Skills including applications, resume development, interview techniques, professional image, job search plans and job maintenance * Basic Computer Skills including MS Word, Excel, email and Internet * Job Counseling * Financial Management * Educational Exploration
Learning Environment: classes and workshops
Age Group: Adult women 35 years or older (see website for more qualifications)
Cost: Free
Geographical Area: NW Gainesville
Description of Program: The Displaced Homemaker Program: Focus on the Future offers empowerment and employment assistance to homemakers and community members who are unemployed or not adequately employed and who would have difficulty in securing adequate employment. 

Job Club Mondays @ Alachua County Library District, Headquarters
Contact Person: Linda Cue
Street Address: 401 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
Telephone: 352-334-3939
Email address: ASRef@aclib.us
Web Address: https://www.aclib.us/headquarters/blog/job-club-mondays
Type of services available: Talk with other job seekers, obtain help with resumes, learn how to search for a job, complete an online application, work on interviewing skills
Learning Environment: Individual assistance, small group
Age Group: Adults
Cost: Free
Time of Day: 2nd and 4th Mondays each month, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Geographical Area: Downtown Gainesville
Description of Program: We offer basic assistance and tips for all aspects of your job search in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. (Also check library's events calendar - sometimes registration for 1:1 resume review sessions are available at various times.)

Project SAINT - Santa Fe College
Contact Person: Linda Mussillo
Street Address: 3000 NW 83rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606
Telephone: 352-381-3818
Email Address: linda.mussillo@sfcollege.edu
Web Address: https://www.sfcollege.edu/project-saint/index
Type of literacy services available: wide range of support for success including mentorship, assistive technology and accommodations and an ongoing advising component
Learning Environment: a college environment including a full schedule of classes, internships and activities surrounded by college peers
Age Group Served: Adults. SAINT applicants must have a documented diagnosis and meet the IQ criteria for an intellectual disability. They are young adults in transition generally under the age of 25 who want a modified, inclusive non credit and non degree college experience.
Cost: $30, varies, scholarships available
Time of Day: varies; 20 hours weekly
Geographical Area: NW Gainesveille
Description of Program: Project SAINT is a one to two year program. Each SAINT student's program is personally tailored via a student-driven STAR plan (Students Transitioning to Adult Roles) related to his or her goals and interests.

SWAG (South West Advocacy Group) Family Resource Center
Contact Person: Amanda Elliott
Street Address: 807 SW 102nd Ave, 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 - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
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 32609
Telephone: 352-372-0294 ext. 104
Email Address: jdixon@catholiccharitiesgainesville.org
Web Address: http://catholiccharitiesgainesville.org/?page_id=450
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 Ave, 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.