Adult Education

The Adult Education Department provides free basic skills training to adult residents of north and east King County. Our programs serve Hopelink’s mission to promote self-sufficiency for community members through literacy programs focused on the world of work or on preparing for a high school equivalency credential.

Detailed program information and schedules are available at Please also visit the Hopelink GED Facebook page!

Our two flagship programs are:

English for Work (ESL)

This one-quarter course offers immigrant job seekers oral and written English skill training so that they may find a job on their own or be ready to work with an employment specialist. Active job seekers at an intermediate/advanced English level will acquire the language ability to speak and write about their skills and experience in the context of job-seeking.

Classes meet twice a week at various locations in north and east King County and include online homework and one-on-one coaching on career goals, resumes and interview skills. The course trains students on navigation of U.S. work culture and how to communicate with coworkers and supervisors. Co-enrollment with Hopelink’s Employment program is encouraged. For information contact Marci at 425-250-3007.

GED Classes

GED stands for General Educational Development. When you pass the GED exam you earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Hopelink offers GED in Redmond, Kirkland/Northshore and Bellevue. Classes provide staff-guided, individualized instruction in the basic literacy skills required to pass the battery of GED tests. Our adult students include teens aged 16-19 who have exited the public school system. Classes run 10 weeks per quarter. Students may continue in class as long as they meet participation requirements and are progressing. Students attend class at least twice a week to progress towards GED certificate completion. Please see our current class schedule.

To be able to join a class you must first sign up for and attend a GED Orientation Session. To sign up call 425-250-3030.

Other types of classes are offered periodically.