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Meet Our Staff


Rend Lake College’s Adult Education program provides adult education services in the Rend Lake College district. The program provides relevant and accessible educational opportunities for adult learners to help them succeed at work, home and in their communities. The program curriculum is designed to integrate instruction of basic skills in reading, writing and math; with life skills, parenting skills and workforce preparation skills.


The Adult Education programs prepare students for the HSE (high school equivalency) tests and help students develop their skills in basic reading, math and job readiness. For more information, call (618) 437-5321 or toll-free at (800) 369-5321, Ext. 1241 / 1244 / 1220, or email .

Class Locations

Adult Education classes are offered at the following locations. The time classes are scheduled (day or evening classes) vary from location to location. Not all classes are offered at every location. Additional class locations may vary each semester. Contact a member of the Adult Education staff for information on enrollment in our next available session, as well as a class location near you. 

302 S. Main Street
Benton, IL

Classes held: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


511 E. Main Street
Benton, IL

Classes held: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Adult Education and Literacy
Suite B
327 Potomac Blvd.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Classes held: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

1707 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
Mt. Vernon, IL

(dual-enrolled students only)

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are designed to help students gain basic knowledge in educational content areas. As the students progress to the intermediate level ABE classes they will increase and advance their knowledge of the material. The subject areas are taught with an emphasis on adult applications. Placement is determined using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment.

ABE classes include:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Computer skills

    Classes are conveniently scheduled throughout the Rend Lake College District in Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton and Perry counties. Both day and evening classes are available.

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For more information:

Rend Lake College Adult Education and Family Literacy
468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy Ina , IL 62846

(618) 437-5321, Ext. 1241 or Ext. 1244
Toll-free (In-District) 1-800-369-5321

High School Equivalency Classes

HSE (formerly known as GED) classes help students prepare for the HSE Tests to earn their high school equivalency diploma. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills while studying the subject areas covered on the HSE Tests. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment is used to determine appropriate placement in HSE classes.

HSE classes include: 
• Math
• Language Arts
•  Science
• Social studies
• Computer skills

Classes are conveniently scheduled throughout the Rend Lake College district in Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton and Perry counties. Both day and evening classes are available.

Highlights of the Changes to the HSE Test in 2014

• The entire test will include four, not five, modules: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.

• Two performance levels will be assessed: a high school equivalence and a higher level intending to demonstrate college and career readiness.

• Prior knowledge will be assessed.

• Rather than give an opinion or personal perspective in a 5-parapgraph essay, test takers will write a response that requires reference and analysis of given text.

• Over half of the Mathematical Reasoning test will asses algebraic problem solving.

• The test will be completely computer based.

• All tests will be computer scored giving detailed feedback about strengths and areas in need of development.

• Scores will be delivered to test takers through the individual online account created during registration.

• Scores will range from 100 to 200. The high school equivalency passing score will be 145 on each test, meaning a score of at least 580 will be needed to earn an HSE diploma.

• Registration will be available online 24 hours a day and will be done from any computer with internet access.

• The cost for all four modules is $120 with a $10 certificate fee. Each retake will cost $30.

• Registration fees must be paid by credit card or voucher and will adhere to a 24-hour cancellation policy.



I-Pathways, a non-profit technology-based High School Equivalence Test Preparation program, was developed in partnership between the Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University. It provides adult education programs, companies, correctional facilities, county jails, organization, libraries and students with standards-based instruction content aligned to the HiSET TM, GED® and TASC.

I-Pathways offers:

  • Engaging and comprehensive instruction in the areas of Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Math, Social Studies, and Science and Consumer Education.
  • Placement test to identify strengths and weaknesses and guide students to the appropriate lessons.
  • Learning checks with feedback to complete with instruction loop which begins with placement.
  • Multiple communication tools to facilitate instruction and assist students with meeting their educational goals.
  • Tools to monitor progress.
  • An accessible and mobile-friendly learning system.


Bridge Program

The Bridge programs provide students the opportunity to improve their knowledge in reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills with a concentration in the career fields of health care or manufacturing. A student who meets some or all of the following may wish to enroll in either the health care or manufacturing Bridge program:

  • A desire to obtain a GED
  • An interest in exploring the health care or manufacturing fields
  • A wish to experience the college atmosphere
  • An interest in meeting with other college departments and programs to help with their needs and goals
  • Want to receive valuable information to assist in career exploration

The Bridge program is the first step in exploring the health care and manufacturing fields. For more information, fill out the form below or contact the Adult Education Department at Ext. 1241 or at .



Need Help Paying for GED Test?

GED® Testing Fee Scholarship Application Guidelines

  1. In order to be eligible to apply students must:
  • Be currently enrolled in a Rend Lake College Adult Education class
  • Meet the attendance and class Code of Conduct policy
  • Pass the GED Ready® practice test a minimum score of 145 (Likely to Pass)
  • Have the recommendation of his/her teacher
  • Accurately complete the application form
  1. Completed forms should be emailed to Vickie Golliher at
  1. Final approval for payment of GED Tests will be decided by the administration team of the RLC Adult Education Program
  1. Vickie Golliher will forward approved applications to the RLC Foundation office who will provide a test voucher for the student
  1. RLC Adult Education has the right to deny or refuse any application

Please click here to complete application




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