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Adult Education

 Adult Education

In response to COVID-19, we are now offering all classes online! We are not offering in-person classes at this time.

Hopelink Adult Education offers two kinds of classes: GED/High School+ and English for Work. Classes are taught by trained instructors.

GED/High School+ classes help prepare students to earn their GED or high school diploma. Classes are offered at Hopelink centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. For more information about GED/High School+, click here.

English for Work classes help immigrants and refugees improve their English language skills and prepare for employment in the United States. Classes are offered at Hopelink centers in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Shoreline. For more information about English for Work, click here.

We strive to be a welcoming place for all adult learners. We welcome people of all races, colors, national origins, abilities, religions, genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

We believe that each person has valuable experience and skills. Our learning environment creates opportunity for people to identify the unique skills they already have, practice new skills, and reach their goals.

What students say about our classes

“I like the fact that I could work at my own pace. I feel like I learned so much compared to other times in my life. The class is fun and supportive.”

-GED/High School+ student

“The class gives the feeling to belong somewhere and share your thoughts and ideas in English with each other.”

-English for Work Student

“I like that every time I need help there is someone to help me. I feel good about myself and what I am learning.”

-GED/High School+ student

“Thank you for bringing me to my dream life. I know all Hopelink teachers care about me deeply. When I feel tired and want to give up, l can see your faces in my head. I also know l am lucky as a new immigrant because l have support from Hopelink.”

-English for Work Student

Frequently Asked Questions

GED is a way for people who did not receive a high school diploma to earn a secondary school credential. The GED is made up of four exams which measure knowledge and skills that are expected of high school graduates. The exams are Reasoning through Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. High School+ is a way to earn a high school diploma by filling in gaps on your high school transcript. Both are great options! Hopelink’s GED/High School+ teacher can help you decide which option is best for you.


Our ESL classes are called “English for Work” and focus on helping people improve their English while preparing for employment in the U.S.


Most of our classes are designed for students with high-intermediate level English skills or higher. Classes for beginning and low-intermediate level English skills are offered periodically. At orientation, students take assessments to identify their English level. Teachers help students determine if we have a class available that meets their learning needs.


Our students come from a variety of countries and cultures. Some are working and hope to get a better job. Some are parents. Some have been out of school for a long time. Some are new to the Seattle area. Whatever your situation, you are welcome in our classes!


Our goal is to connect each student to resources that can help them reach their goals. Hopelink’s Adult Education team encourages students to utilize the variety of services that are offered at Hopelink Centers. We work hard to be knowledgeable about community resources and events such as low-cost health services, parenting resources, hiring events, job training programs, ESL classes, etc. We train volunteers to serve as advisers and advocates who provide one-on-one support to students. We also offer free online learning resources to empower students to learn independently, and we provide scholarships for students to take the GED tests.


Hopelink Adult Education is a part of the community and technical college system in Washington State. We work closely with local colleges, and we are happy to help our students get connected to a college program that is right for them.


English for Work classes are 10 weeks long in fall, winter, and spring quarters. Classes are six weeks in summer quarter. Students should commit to attending the class for the whole quarter. Students with beginning level English skills may choose to study with us for additional quarters.

Students study in GED/High School+ classes for as short or as long as they need. Each student is different and will need a different length of time to earn a GED or high school diploma.


Classes are free! However, they do “cost” time and dedication! We encourage students to work hard to reach their goals. We believe everyone can succeed!


There are morning and evening options available to suit your needs. GED/High School+ classes are held in Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue. English for Work classes are held in Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and Shoreline. For details, visit the GED/High School+ and English for Work pages.


It’s easy! To get started in GED/High School+, contact Debbie at 425-457-9685 or

To get started in English for Work, contact the registration team at 425-250-3007 or

Our friendly staff are ready to help you and answer your questions!


Yes! See here for information about volunteer opportunities. To become a volunteer, a Hopelink orientation and background check are required. Visit the volunteer page for more information.



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