Education & Training

ESL, ABE, GED, and HiSET classes

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians works with partner organizations to help students enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and high school equivalency prep (GED®, HiSET®) classes. These classes are offered at partner organizations throughout the city and are coordinated by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education. Students can find a class in their neighborhood through the myPLACE system.

If you need help connecting to classes through myPLACE, please call us at 215.557.2626. 


In the FOCUS course at the Welcoming Center, you can learn essential communication and technology skills that will help you succeed in your future work, training, and education! READ MORE>>

Communication for Results

This class at the Welcoming Center is for English learners who want to learn approaches to professional writing and speaking for leadership, teamwork, and building connections. READ MORE>>

Other classes at the Welcoming Center

The Welcoming Center also offers other classes and workshops. We offer: 

Business Classes

For entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their business


Immigrant Leadership Institute

For immigrants who want to learn about civic participation and leadership  


International Professionals Program

For immigrant professionals looking to establish a professional career in the U.S.