Education opens doors that lead to better work and life opportunities, ultimately strengthening the individual and his and her community. Ironbound Community Corporation offers a range of programming for adults looking to build skills for employment opportunities, greater community engagement, and personal growth — from citizenship test preparation classes to English as a Second Language to college courses – much of this in collaboration with our partner of more than 25 years, Essex County College (ECC).
In partnership with Essex County College, ICC offers:
- College Coursework: Ironbound adults have the opportunity to work toward college credit right in the heart of their community with ICC’s adult education programs. ICC’s Community Center serves as an Extension Center for Essex County College, and students can get the full range of ECC services, including financial aid and tutoring.
- Citizenship Classes: ICC’s citizenship test classes have one of the highest pass rates of programs of its kind. A key strength of this course is that English as a Second Language skills are taught in tandem with civics lessons. Students from all over the world build cross-cultural bonds as they take this important step towards U.S. citizenship.
- ESL & GED: ECC also provides non-credit courses that can lead into the Continuing Education program and credit college courses.
In partnership with other ICC programs, including Family Success Centers and Environmental Justice, ICC also offers courses such as the following:
- Parenting Programs: These courses offer parents the chance to engage with each other around the challenges they face raising children. Through a structured, hands-on curriculum implemented over several months, parents take on important parenting issues like bedtime routines, discipline strategies, and child nutrition.
- Community Workshops: ICC also offers a host of independent workshops, bringing in outside resources or it own staff expertise to meet community needs. ICC’s many workshops include financial literacy, family health, children’s asthma, various life-skills areas, and environmental and zoning issues.