Community Resources: Adult education options in Kent County

There are many options for adult education in Kent County:

Career Online High School , opens a new window

Kent District Library offers a scholarship program for Career Online High School to KDL cardholders age 21 and up. 

Explore the COHS website to learn how the program works. If earning an accredited high school diploma in an online environment while gaining real-world career skills is the best option for you, take the online student assessment, opens a new window to begin applying to Career Online High School. Questions? Contact cohs@kdl.org or 616-784-2007.

Several scholarships have been funded by the generosity of our donors. If you would like to help sponsor a scholarship for a student, please click the button below.

Sponsor a Student 

Kent ISD Adult Education , opens a new window

Kent Intermediate School District provides adults age 18 and older opportunities to pursue their GED, Career Tech Education or develop their skills in the English language. Courses are offered in:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Equivalency
  • Career Technical Education

Follow Kent ISD on Facebook, opens a new window for class listings and locations. Register in person at any location.

Sparta Adult Education, opens a new window

Sparta Adult Education provides the following free services in a classroom setting in many areas of Kent County for adults age 18 and older:

  • Sparta High School diploma 
  • GED (high school equivalency)
  • English as a Second Language 
  • Adult Basic Education 
  • Adult Secondary Education 
  • Career coaching

Register online, opens a new window; classes run year-round with open enrollment. Call 616-887-7321 for more information. Follow Sparta Adult Education on Facebook, opens a new window!

Rockford Adult Education , opens a new window

Rockford Adult Education provides adults 18 and the following free services:

  • Rockford High School diploma
  • GED preparation
  • Adult Basic Education

Rockford Adult Education follows the regular schedule of Rockford Public Schools. Register in person at the main office, or contact Jennifer Thompson at 616-863-6325 ext. 5251.

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, opens a new window

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, located at 1204 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503, opens a new window, offers the American Council of Education GED courses in Spanish. Classes are offered in person at regular intervals throughout the year. Call 616-742-0200 for a schedule of upcoming classes. Follow the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan on Facebook for more information on services and resources.

Literacy Center of West Michigan, opens a new window

The Literacy Center of West Michigan provides basic language and literacy instruction to adults, both native speakers of English and non-native speakers of English. Our programs meet learners where they are, offering one-on-one tutoring, classes, and family literacy opportunities at no cost to the learners. Call 616-459-5151 for more information, or follow them on Facebook.

Contact: 616-459-5151 or info@literacycenterwm.org

Reading Success Plus, opens a new window

Success for struggling and dyslexic individuals, as well as reading, writing and math tutoring for children and adults. Call 833-229-1112 or email info@readingsuccessplus.com for more information.

Refugee Education Center

The Refugee Education Center is a Grand Rapids based nonprofit organization supporting refugees in their journey to become full participants in the West Michigan community through a variety of programs including education and career programs for students aged 0-3 and K-12 and their parents

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