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

2020 Winter Graduation Ceremony

The Durango & Cortez Adult Education Centers celebrate the Graduates of 2020

In keeping our community safe, we are hosting a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate the stellar accomplishments of our graduating students

Join us on Facebook live or YouTube on Friday, December 18th at 6 pm to watch the Winter 2020 Graduation Ceremony !

The video will be available 6 pm, December 18, 2020

The graduation video will be available 6 pm, December 18, 2020

COVID-19 Announcements

Update 11/19/2020:

The Durango & Cortez Adult Education Centers will continue remote classes.

Pearson Vue testing will be cancelled tomorrow 11/20/20.

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.

Update 8/5/2020:

The Durango & Cortez Adult Education Centers will begin remote GED and ESL classes and one-on-one tutoring (implementing COVID-19 precautions) on Tues, Aug 25th.

Call us to find out how to register at 970-385-4354.

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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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

Rhonda Rist is a busy mother of five children ranging in ages from toddler to teenager, and she is ecstatic to be back in an academic learning environment. Rhonda stumbled upon the Durango Adult Education Center when she stopped in to ask for directions to another organization located in the building. She was so impressed after speaking to Alexis, our front desk and Student Services Specialist, about the programs and services offered at the Center, that she decided to enroll in GED classes. Rhonda dropped out of school when she was 17 years old due to her personal struggles with drug addiction. Now at age 37, she’s clean and sober has decided to earn her GED before her oldest son Dustin graduates from high school next May. Rhonda shares that, “The best thing about being here is everybody’s friendliness & helpfulness. Everybody’s there to just help you achieve goals in your life to make your life better. And that means that they care about me and my children and that’s so beneficial to me.” Rhonda plans to attend EMT classes to become a paramedic after she attains her GED.