Governors State University is one of nine Illinois institutions selected to help underrepresented, first- generation, low-income, or rural residents "stay the course" with their education.

 School of Extended Learning (SXL) is recruiting ESL/ELL ADULTS for an Intensive English and Digital Literacy program, supported by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF) from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more in our press announcement.

This FREE OPPORTUNITY is for those who want to improve English and computer skills to enroll in a local IL college or career training program and improve college and career readiness. Participants must meet eligibility criteria, including low-income levels, first generation status, and/or residency in a rural area. 




The program is now receiving applications for a planned third cohort. Cohorts 1 and 2 are now closed. 


Participants GET the following FREE services:

300 hours of Intensive English Program (IEP) instruction, including computer skills training

30 hours of one-on-one tutoring

A free laptop to keep upon completion of the IEP program

A WIFI subsidy for the duration of the program (45 weeks starting late May 2021*)

An introduction to the college experience (Mastering College) 

Participants GIVE the following:

•  Up to 7 hours a week with the instructor (virtually via Zoom), plus flexible assignments at home

• Commitment to complete the 45-week program (two 22.5-week sessions)

• Participation in mentoring, advising and a GSU Open House virtually to learn about college program options

Naturalized citizens, permanent residents (green card), or those with refugee status (with SSN) are eligible.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the English Language Learning Center Director, Akiko Ota, 708-534-3143 or email 

*Target date for third cohort is flexible based on participant needs and enrollment.