Community Education Classes

Many IU13 Community Education classes are available to Lancaster and Lebanon county adults at no cost. They are funded through local, state, and federal money. Space in free classes is limited.

What free classes are available?

Graduation and Computer button for GEDHigh School Equivalency (GED and HiSET) Preparation is available to adults in Lancaster and Lebanon counties who are at least 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in a public school. Morning, afternoon, evening, and online classes are available to adults who lack a high school diploma. Classes are offered in the community and in county prisons. Learn more about the GED test here.  Learn more about the HiSET test here.


Citizenship buttonCitizenship classes will be held in five different locations in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The classes will be differentiated to accommodate students with various levels of English proficiency, and will help students pass mock citizenship interviews and achieve a score of 90% on the written citizenship test.


Person typing on keyboard button for distance learningDistance Education - Students can enroll in High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET), ESL, and other courses in an online format using the Internet, workbooks, and videos in a structured program outside the classroom. 


Globe button for ESLEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available for adult non-native speakers of English who want to improve their English language skills. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available. Classes are offered in the community and in county prisons.

  • Meet Hong, a former ESL and GED student who now has a four-year degree!

Mother holding baby with book button for Family LiteracyFamily Literacy classes assist parents in their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. While children attend school or preschool, parents work on High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET) skills as well as parenting skills. These classes also include interactive parent-child activities.


medical symbol button for Health CareersHealth Careers and Basic Skills - Adults interested in entering health care professions can prepare for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) classes or the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) entrance exam. Students learn the necessary academic skills for health care training.

  • Meet Benson, a former IU13 student who is now a CNA!

English and Civics for Health Careers is designed to prepare adult English Language Learners to enter a health career. Participants receive free English as a Second Language (ESL) and civics instruction, and free health careers training with the support of adult educators all along the way. ESL classes are held at Career Link in Lancaster during the day and McCaskey East High School in the evening. Training is at various locations. Call Patricia Barnes at 717-947-1235 for more information.


Calculator and math items button for Math ClassesMath instruction is available (in Lancaster only) for adults who want to refresh their skills or find math concepts particularly challenging. Instructors help students master the basic math concepts needed to pass the High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET) test, WorkKeys® assessments, or to enter postsecondary education.   


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What happens at the orientation sessions?

You will learn more about our program and how we can help you reach your educational goals. You will also complete registration paperwork, so please bring your Social Security number and contact information. You will be given a simple assessment, and a staff person will work with you to determine which class is best for you. 

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