WAG 21-03-02.

new textEducation Related to Employment includes the following 3 components:

  1. basic and remedial education to achieve a literacy level of at least grade level 9.0; and
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes (not included as part of another educational program, such as Vocational Training); and
  3. high school equivalency classes (e.g., GED classes) for adults.

For teen parents, see High School/GED Program for Teen Parents PM 21-02-09.  

Allow one hour of study time for each hour of class time when figuring participation hours.

Who may participate in the activity:

A client may participate in Education Related to Employment when:

  1. The client:
    • does not have a high school diploma or GED; or 
    • has limited English language skills; or
    • does not read or have math skills at or above a 9.0 grade level; or
    • needs remedial education at the high school level or below to succeed in another assigned education or training program.
  2. The program is accredited under Illinois law, such as community colleges or Illinois State Board of Education adult education providers;
  3. The program is needed for the client to meet an employment goal;
  4. Two or more programs of comparable quality are available, and the client has chosen the program requiring the least costly supportive services, or less time to complete;
  5. The client has participated in the activity for less than 24 months (months in which the client is approved for Basic Education but has good cause for not participating do not count toward the 24-month limit).

Co-enrollment in Education Related to Employment and Vocational Training is encouraged if the client has not completed high school.

What the activity requires: 

  • The client must participate the required number of hours each week, as shown in the Responsibility and Services Plan.
  • Proof of participation (i.e., attendance statements, educational records and reports) must be provided monthly or more often if requested.
  • The client must make satisfactory progress. Satisfactory progress is determined by the written policy of the school or program. Proof of satisfactory progress must be provided at the end of each term, or twice a year if the program continues for 12 months. The client is responsible for submitting the progress report unless it is submitted by the school.