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

Spring 2021 Graduation Celebration

Celebrate our phenomenal graduates who overcame not only a globally catastrophic pandemic, but also immense technology hurdles tied to virtual learning at home! These individuals stopped at nothing to reach this goal. Watch the Graduation Ceremony!

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

Globally, women are on the move, immigrating to new homes, new careers, and new relationships at historic rates.

Aliya Zalalutdinova is on of those courageous travelers. When she discovered the ESL classes at the DAEC, she also uncovered one the most vital elements immigrants need to succeed in a new community.

Read her full story, “Unspoken Courage.”

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…