UNM Los Alamos

Adult Learning Center (ALC)

Adult Learning Center (ALC)

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) provides services in a campus-based learning center and is designed to improve the educational level of adults, out-of-school youth and non-English speaking persons sixteen (16) years of age and older. Eligible students are individuals seeking to prepare for life, work, or post-secondary education with skill levels below the college level and who have the ability to benefit from the instruction.

The UNM-Los Alamos Adult Learning Center provides free classes, instructional materials, tutoring and computer practice lab for English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency (HSE) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students. Services include instruction in ABE basic skills: reading, writing, and computation; HSE preparation in reading, science, social studies, writing and math, and all levels of ESL instruction.

You may download and print the enrollment form for our classes from the link below. Just fill it out and bring it with you when you to our offices. Registration and enrollment is ongoing throughout the semester. New ESL and HSE students are asked to take a placement test or pre-test when they come in to enroll for classes. HSE students attending classes at the Los Alamos site are required to attend one orientation session where they will take the pre-test. See class schedules below for HSE orientation sessions and ESL registration/testing days.

Enrollment Form

Underage Permission Form

High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes

  • Free non-credit education courses for students age 16 and older (students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted)
  • Fall classes begin on August 23, and meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. through December 8.
  • Home schooled students are welcome
  • Students can take advantage of our HSE pre-testing, small group and individual instruction, tutor assistance (subject to volunteer tutor availability), computer practice, and independent study.
  • Students may be eligible for UNM's Bridge to Success Scholarship and New Mexico Lottery Scholarships after a New Mexico High School Equivalency Credential.
  • This class prepares students for either the HiSet or GED®. An explanation of how the two tests compare can be found here.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Free English Classes!

  • Classes help students improve English conversation, writing, reading, listening and pronunciation skills.
  • Students also have the option of working with volunteer tutors (subject to availability) to strengthen their conversational skills.
  • Free use of textbooks and instructional materials. Computer lab practice programs available.
  • Fall classes meet from August 23 - December 8 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. depending on the class.

Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays

Contact Information

4000 University Dr.
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
Phone: (505) 662–0338
Toll-Free: (505) 894–5919 ext. 338

Jane Clements, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

Gabriel C. Baca
UNM-Los Alamos
Program Manager
Adult Basic Education
Community Education
Customized Training

UNM-Los Alamos Satellite SIte Classes

The ALC also offers HSE (GED®) and ESL classes in Bernalillo and HSE (GED®) classes in the Pueblo of Jemez, the Delancey Street Foundation, and Sangre de Cristo House. For more information, please call or email. 505-662-0338 or janec181@unm.edu