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EDUCATION SERVICES

The primary goal of the Education Department is to assist students from other language backgrounds, in order to teach them to learn and use English effectively. Integration into American society is also an education priority. 

We also help students prepare for the General Education Development (GED) test, and the U.S. Citizenship test. The Education Department is committed to giving refugees and immigrants the tools they need to advance their goals. Any of IIA’s classes—English (ESOL), Citizenship, GED, and financial literacy—fuel great accomplishments such as a successful job interview, a passing score on the citizenship exam, or even a sense of connection to their new community.

Because seven different levels of ESOL are available along with other learning opportunities, students can find just the right amount of challenge. Classes are further enhanced by various guest speakers from the community who supplement a curriculum already focused on essential life skills for thriving in the U.S. For instance, students learn about making appointments, where to find hospitals, how to see what their insurance covers, how to take buses to different clinics, and about buying generic vs. prescription drugs. Student also take field trips to learn about local resources.


English for Speakers for Other Languages (ESOL)

Our adult ESOL Life Skills Program offers different levels of classes for students who want to learn and improve their English proficiency. Classes are administered by qualified, professional and volunteer instructors who teach reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

  • ESOL classes are open and free to all foreign-born adults. 
  • If you are a new student, you must take a placement test before entering a class. You will be placed in the appropriate English class based on your score.
  • IIA partners with Project Learn of Summit County to deliver our core ESOL program. Please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 for information on how to enroll in the ESOL program.
  • What you need to bring when you register: a Photo ID
  • A session of each class is offered three times per year. A session consists of two, six-week terms with a one-week break between each term. Classes are four hours per week.

Free Citizenship Classes

Citizenship classes are open to all lawful permanent residents who wish to become U.S. citizens and need assistance preparing for the citizenship tests. Classes are taught by professional instructors.

  • Students need to fill out a registration form before enrolling in classes. Class enrollment after the registration period is subject to availability.
  •  Students will take an initial test for evaluation purposes and class placement.
  • Are you seeking Citizenship Legal Services? Click HERE to be taken to the Immigration Legal Services page. 

General Education Development (GED) Classes

The purpose of the GED class is to help ESOL students who wish to take the General Education Development exam to obtain a U.S. education credential.  The class will prepare students for all sections of the test, as well as provide test taking strategies and information about required computer skills.

  • GED classes are open and free to anyone who fulfills the placement test requirements. All new students must attend an orientation, at which time they will take the placement test. All material is provided by the instructor.
  • If you are a new student, you must take a placement test before entering a class. You will be placed in the appropriate English class based on your score.
  • IIA partners with Project Learn of Summit County to deliver our core ESOL program. Please contact Project Learn at 330-434-9461 for information on how to enroll in the ESOL program.
  • What you need to bring when you register: a Photo ID
  • We offer six-week sessions, five hours per week, six sessions per year

To inquire about current offerings, for registration instruction, or for questions, please fill out the form below:

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