The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ (UNM-LA) Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday, July 5 and running through Aug. 4.

UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator, Jane Clements emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment. This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.

“Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” says Clements. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency Credential.”

English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills. The sessions are multi-level with students often continuing for several sessions to improve.

The New Mexico HSE helps those who have earned their credential to qualify for higher paying jobs as well as to enter college, degree, or certificate programs. After earning the HSE, students may be eligible for UNM’s Bridge to Success Scholarship and New Mexico Lottery Scholarships. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to enroll.

All classes and study materials are free due to state and federal funding.

Summer class times: ESL meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. in room B11 at UNM-LA, and HSE meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in room B11 at UNM-LA.

For more information about the classes, call Jane Clements at 505-662-0338, email, or visit the UNM-LA website