AEL College and Career Academy

The College and Career Academy is designed to prepare adult learners to enter post-secondary education, higher education, training programs and/or to improve their employment skills. Getting a High School Equivalency Certificate or graduating from high school is such an important accomplishment that it can be hard to think beyond that moment. The same is true when an immigrant to the United States learns English well enough to function easily in American society.  But for most people, high school credentials or mastery of English is only the first step toward the ultimate goal of finding a job that fits their talents and interests and pays well enough to provide a healthy, satisfying life.

We have several class locations to serve you with both morning and evening classes.

Current high school students are not eligible for this course due to Federal funding guidelines.

So what do you want to do with your life? Here’s a little guidance for making that decision and getting a head start on the next phase of your life.

College Placement, Career and Military exams

If you have your high school diploma and want to score better on the ASVAB or college entrance exams, or job related testing such as WorkKeys (NCRC), the AEL program can assess your knowledge and help you focus on those specific skills and learn the concepts needed to score higher on any academic test.

The AEL program is free to everyone.  We also offer basic computer training, literacy tutoring, and life-skills instruction. Students must be 16 year of age or older and not enrolled in high school. Parents of 16 and 17 year old students are required to attest students are no longer enrolled in school and have permission to attend Adult Education classes.


What’s the Career for You?

In this section, you’ll find some resources to help you think about your interests and abilities as well as a job database that tells you what training hundreds of different jobs require, typical job duties and pay, and the expected need for workers in each field in the coming years.

Step 1

The first step in choosing a career is to think about your interests and abilities. These resources will help you do that and then suggest likely career paths. If you already know what career you want, you can skip this step.

Step 2

The second step is finding out what kind of education or training is required for your chosen career and whether it pays enough. The Occupational Outlook Handbook   from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will give you that information; just put your desired occupation in the search box.  For information on Missouri’s top jobs and local salary ranges, check out MERIC and JOBS.MO.GOV.

Step 3

Think you already have the skills you need for your chosen career?  Find out, and get a National Career Readiness Certificate to prove it, at a Missouri Career Center.

Other sites that can help with career decisions:

For a one-stop solution to choosing a career, learning about it, creating a resume, and starting a job search, check out one of the following comprehensive online sites: Missouri Connections,   CareerOneStop, and the US Department of Labor Find Job & Career Information websites.

If you know you want to go to college, you can also get help choosing a career and finding out how to enter it at College for Adults. The advisors at East Central College are also available to answer any questions you might have at
Volunteer now and choose a career later:  
Not sure what you want to do with your life? Check out Americorps and see how you can earn a stipend and living expenses while you spend a couple of years working in the United States, helping people or areas in need. The experience could change your life. Or check out VolunteerMatch to find an opportunity — sometimes volunteering leads to employment.