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. 

Other classes at the Welcoming Center

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

Citizenship Classes

For immigrants who want to prepare for their naturalization test 


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. 


Do you have questions about classes at the Welcoming Center? Call us at 215.557.2626 and our staff will be happy to assist you!