GREAT RIVERS – Adult Education Consortium

Virtual Learning 2020-2021

We are continually working on ways to bring you – the adults in the home – FREE educational opportunities during COVID-19 to those who qualify.  

All classes are being held virtually and you will need the ability to access email and the internet to participate. 

To register please fill out this Great Rivers Adult Education new student registration form and our staff will contact you within two business days. If you have trouble registering please text or call: Susie Evans at 651-270-3266 or email her at  You can also reach us by emailing

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New classes will start March 16, 2021 and run through June 2, 2021. Please see our available class schedule below:


Cooking in the Community

The cooking class is designed toward EL learners – we will learn and understand cooking terminology in English as well as international cooking and foods. I want the class to be interactive as well – with each student having a platform to share what and how they cook in their home country. Class offered Tuesdays 1-2:30pm,Wednesdays 1-2:30pm. 

English as a Second Language for Adults (ESL) 

Class levels are based on initial assessment and opened to all whose first language is not English. 

 Class Mon. Tues. Wed. Thu.  Fri.
Beginning ESL 9am-11am9am-11am9am-11am9am-11am 
Intermediate ESL9am-11am  9am-11 am9am-11am9am-11am 
Advanced ESL9am-11am9am-11am9am-11am9am-11am 
Beg./Inter. ESL6-8pm6-8pm6-8pm  
Advanced ESL6-8pm6-8pm6-8pm  

ESL – Pronunciation

Pronunciation classes are offered to English as a Second Language adult learners.  

ClassMon.Tues.Wed. Thurs. Fri. 
Pronunciation – Low 11:15am-12:15pm 11:15am-12:15pm11:15am-12:15pm
Public Speaking – Advanced Pronunciation11:15am-12:15pm 11:15am-12:15pm  

ESL – Grammar and Writing

ESL students will work on grammar and writing skills. 

ClassMon. Tues. Wed.Thurs. Fri.
Grammar & Writing – Low11:15am-12:15pm 11:15am-12:15pm  
Grammar & Writing – High 11:15am-12:15pm 11:15am-12:15pm 

English for the Workplace

Improve your conversation skills and vocabulary for various industries.  Class offered 4/26/21-6/2/21 –> M-Thur. from 1pm-2pm.

GED Prep

The GED Preparation class will assess your skills related to the official GED test. Students must be 17+ before they can take the GED.

The GED Prep Program is designed to be an independent study program with individual guidance through each step. We also have one-on-one support as needed from a licensed teacher by appointment which will provide you with the education needed to be successful. Assessment testing is available for age waivers (Required in MN if you are 17 or 18).
Once a student has registered the first step will be to schedule an in person CASAS Goals basic reading or math test  required by the state and used to place you in the correct level of online classes.  Appointment is approximately 2 hours.
Contact: Angela Schak at or call 651-425-6634 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Class schedules are flexible.  

High School Diploma

This program is geared toward those needing to complete your high school diploma. Weekly one-on-one instruction is provided to you by a licensed teacher. The minimum expectation for program participation is to commit a minimum of ten hours each week to work on online classes and meet with the teacher for a weekly touch base meeting and for supervised testing. Registration is by appointment.

Contact: Angela Schak at or call 651-425-6634 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Class schedules are flexible.

Microsoft Office Classes

ClassDatesMon.Tues.Wed. Thurs. Fri.
Microsoft Excel for Employability Mar 16- June 2 9:00am-11:00am   
Microsoft Word for EmployabilityMar 16-June 29:00am-11:00am    
Powerpoint for EmployabilityMar 16-June 2  9:00am-11:00am  
Outlook for EmployabilityMar 16-June 2   9:00am-11:00am 


Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium is pleased to offer Community ACCESS, a civics-minded course for everyone! With a focus on work- and computer-skills development, self-awareness, and financial literacy, we use a civics framework to cover the content. Throughout the 2020-21 school year we will meet ‘in person’ three times a week, for one hour each day, the course will rotate through 13-week terms. The course is possible because of a generous grant awarded to us by DEED through their Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) funding.  Class is held Tu, W, F from 12:30pm-1:45pm.

Intro to Healthcare

Intro to Healthcare will give students the opportunity learn about various positions within the area of healthcare. This class will focus on vocabulary and preparing students for PCA, CNA, and other entry level healthcare positions.   Class offered 4/26/21-6/2/21 on T, W, Th, F from 2:30-3:30pm.


The Pre Ged Prep program is for motivated 17+ students to work independently. They will begin to improve the skills needed to pass the official GED test. Students attending Pre-GED will set up weekly check-ins with the instructor during any of the times listed below so they can ask questions and get guidance as they progress through the online study program.

The expectation is that students will commit to studying a minimum of 3-5 hours a week online. 

Once a student has registered, the first step will be to schedule an in person CASAS Goals basic reading or math test required by the state and which is also used to place you in the correct level of online classes.  The testing appointment is approximately 2 hours and will give you everything you need to get started studying.

Classes held Tues 11:15 am -1:00 pm and 3:30pm-5pm, Wed 11:15-1pm, Thu 11:15-1pm and 3:30-5pm, Fri 11-2:30pm.

For more information email or call 651-425-6634.  

Basic Computers

Class for anyone 17+ that needs to learn the basics of using or navigating a computer, email, etc. Class runs March 16-June 2 from 6-8pm.  

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Adult Basic Education program is to provide learners with a comfortable, challenging, learning and networking environment to enhance work, English language and life skills.

Our vision is to partner with learners to create opportunities where students attend regularly, set personal goals, use technology and make progress while collaborating with community and educational organizations to create pathways for success.

Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for our classes you must:

1. Be 17 years of age or older; AND
2. Not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law; AND
3. Meet one or more of these conditions:
     a. Unable to speak, read or write English;
     b. Do not have high school diploma or equivalent;
     c. lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills.
     *An exception is made for Work-Based Project Learners and Transition to Employment students referred by the Workforce Center or MFIP to be allowed in conditional content classes.

Tilden Community Center

310 River Street
Hastings, MN 55033
651-480-7670 Main Registrar Office
651-480-7680 Fax

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