Community Action's Adult Education Program provides quality, goal-based educational services for the people of Skagit County to prepare them for engagement in the community (e.g. work, health care situations, parent/teacher relationships), post-secondary education, and the current workplace.

English classes help students improve their English language reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program also supports the educational development of children by providing preschool appropriate early education support and school aged homework support for the children of students enrolled in evening English Language classes. 

The Adult Education Program also offers free tutoring for adults in small group settings. We are not a school. We work with people to develop their individual goals and education plan, and we modify how we engage students depending on their learning styles.


2017 Fall Classes

Classes start the week of September 25

GED Prep Classes                                                                   10:00am-12:30pm Monday to Thursday (TBD)

                                                                                                  6:00-8:00pm Tuesday to Thursday

Preparation for language arts (reading comprehension, grammar, writing), math, science, and social studies. This class is designed for anyone interested in pursuing their GED. Students need to be able to read and write. Non-native English speakers welcome!  (English level should be 6+.)  For more information, contact Jessica Rodriguez Hernandez by email or call 360-588-5760.

Classes are available in Burlington and Mount Vernon.


English Language Classes                                                     10:00am-12:00pm  Monday to Thursday, 

                                                                                                  6:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday to Thursday

English classes focus on improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Computer skills are integrated into classes. This class is designed for all levels: Basic Literacy, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced. For more information, contact Jessica Rodriguez Hernandez by email or call 588-5760. Habla español.

Classes are available in Burlington, Mount Vernon, and Anacortes


Citizenship Classes                                                                6:00-7:30pm Monday

Citizenship classes take place once a week for 13 weeks. The next class will start in January 2018. Call now to get on the waitlist: 260-588-5760.


Job Prep for Health and Human Services                            Will meet once a week, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Designed for English Language Learners but open to all, Job Prep will help participants learn about jobs in health and human services – particularly nursing and social services professions – connect them with people working in those jobs, support them in gaining job-relevant skills and language, let participants do research at their own pace, and help participants transition to relevant certificate or degree programs.  Participants will support and learn from each other as they research and identify their job goals and pathway. Classes will include guest speakers, workplace language, job specific training, and meetings with job coaches.

Ongoing Workshops and Financial Resources

Whether you need a first step, a next step, or someone to talk through tough decisions with, we have resources and support for you on your path towards your goals. Check out our Financial Empowerment page for more information.


Who is Eligible?

The only requirements for enrollment in the program are demonstrated educational need, motivation, and ability to attend classes regularly.


How Do I Register?

Do you want more information or have some questions?

Bilingual English/Spanish Information Sessions will take place at Community Action on the following days:

Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Registration and Orientation Sessions:

ELA & Job Prep:

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Sept 12 & 13 Burlington Edison School District Office, Annex Building, 927 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA

6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept 19, 20, 21 Burlington Edison School District Office, Annex Building, 927 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA

6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept 19, 20, 21 LaVenture Middle School, 1200 N LaVenture Rd, Mount Vernon, WA


10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Sept 18, 19, 20, 21  WorkSource, 2005 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, WA

6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept 19, 20, 21 Burlington Edison School District Office, Annex Building, 927 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA

Concrete and Anacortes classes: TBD

For information about all classes, contact Jessica Rodriguez Hernandez by email or call 360-588-5760 (habla español).


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to teach English Language classes, tutor GED students, and assist with children’s activities and homework help during classes. We recruit, train, and support community volunteers to work in classrooms and small groups tutoring students learning English and Basic Skills.  

Annually, more than 30 volunteers work with more than 130 adult students in Skagit County to realize their dreams of improved job opportunities, self-sufficient family management, and active citizenship.

Our program relies heavily on the commitment and hard work of volunteer instructors and tutors. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sandi York at 360-588-5734.


Support the Program

We are always in need of classroom materials for our students and our children’s rooms: white board markers and erasers, three ring binders, clear portfolio binders, composition books, craft supplies for kids (construction paper, glue, popsicle sticks, etc.)

Of course financial gifts are also welcome to support the program. Click here to donate and help our students take the next step in their education.



For questions, please call Community Action at 360-588-5734.