HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY: Study for the GED or HiSet exams to earn your diploma
ESL: Improve your English language skills with our caring teachers
BOOST: Increase your opportunity for career success
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Expand you skills and knowledge through our enrichment classes

Registration Opens Soon

New students have one final chance to register for spring GED or ESL classes at either the Durango or Cortez Adult Education Center.

The Durango Adult Education Center is a proud partner of #MoveAheadWithAdultEd, a new national pandemic recovery campaign enrolling adult learners into career training programs that equip them with skills that lead to jobs paying a family-sustaining wage.

The campaign targets the millions of Americans who need to reskill, upskill, or fill an educational gap in order to re-enter the workforce.

Enrollment for Session 4 classes kicks off March 1st and runs through March 12th.

Live, tailored classes take place online with targeted tutoring available from award-winning teachers.
Now’s the best time to move ahead and recover financially from the pandemic.

To learn more call 970-385-4354 in Durango or 970-564-7004 in Cortez.

COVID-19 Announcements

Update 2/4/2021

La Plata County COVID cases are currently in the Orange Level on the COVID-19 Dial.

As a result, Pearson Vue testing will increase the number of testing workstations from two to three.

We encourage all testers to learn about remote “at-home” testing as an alternative to testing at our center.

Find more information on Pearson Vue’s remote option for testing called “OnVue” here: https://home.pearsonvue.com/Test-takers/OnVUE-online-proctoring.aspx.

ESL and GED (HSE) classes at the Durango and Cortez sites will continue remotely.

For past COVID-19 announcements, click here.

Quality Programs. Quality Results.

Our Mission: Durango Adult Education Center, a caring learning community, fills educational gaps by providing the skills and knowledge necessary for livable wage careers, post-secondary education, and social and economic mobility.

The Durango Adult Education Center (DAEC) provides affordable and effective education to young adults (17) and adults over 18. We equip individuals with the knowledge they need to lead productive lives, allowing them to better contribute to the local economy and the overall health of our communities. The Durango Adult Education Center protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing equal access to programs and services. For more information, contact the Accessible Design Coordinator at jcolburn@durangoadulted.org or 970.385.4354 X14. Learn more about why you should study with the DAEC.

Our students come from diverse educational and economic backgrounds and attend the DAEC because we offer:
• Teachers who personally invest in the success of each student
• Small, caring learning environments with updated technology
• A flexible, student-oriented class schedule that adapts to most needs
• Extensive support services including onsite childcare, snacks, career advising,and scholarships

Nearly 300 students each year attend classes at the DAEC. Our success is directly attributed to the many donors who recognize the importance of education in our community and our volunteers who help tutor, teach and assist with office duties and more. Contact us today to learn how to get involved with the DAEC either as a student or a supporter. Or, donate now to become a financial contributor.


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From the Blog

The DAEC provided $65,000 in local aid to women and scholarships for educators. Meet one of the lucky recipients mapping a fruitful career in early childhood education.

Read the latest news, “Baby Steps: Tracing One Educator’s Path to Her Dream Job”

Community Education

Start Date: There are no Community Education Classes at this time. 

Learning Spanish is just one of our community enrichment classes that take place throughout the year. At the DAEC, we are passionate about adult education at all levels, stages and ages.

High School Equivalency Preparation Class

Start Date: Classes in session now. Call 970-385-4354 to register!

The General Education Development (GED) and HiSET are nationally recognized high school equivalency diplomas. If you are over 16 years old and interested in getting your high school equivalency, contact us today.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Start Date: Classes in session now. Call 970-385-4354 to register!

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to support students at varying levels of learning English, instilling a greater sense of confidence. It is for non-native English speakers.

Haz un click aquí para información sobre clases de inglés

BOOST (Career Transitions)

BOOST is a career transitions program. An advisor helps students move to the next phase of success by coaching learners on skills training, college and livable wage careers. Contact us to apply

Meet Our Students

This is a story about a dad, his family, and a secret. It’s a true story. The dad in question: Trevor Gallegos. His secret was very old and painful. His wife was the only other person who knew. His four children—ages 9, 5, 3, and 1—were in the dark.

How could he tell them the truth? They might not look at him the same if they knew. Fathers are supposed to be successful. Fathers are supposed to be heroes.

“I’ve always been kind of shameful about never finishing my education,” Trevor confesses. “I was always good at school but the turn of events…” he trails off.

Trevor grew up in Towaoc, Colorado, just outside of Cortez. In the 10th grade, when most students were stressing about learner’s permits to drive or being asked to prom, he had to find work and support himself entirely. Read more…