Community Education

Department of Community Education provides assistance to our community members with:
Computer skills trainings
KACS’ Community Technology Center (CTC) serves over about 1,200 low-income and immigrant populations that face numerous barriers to computer access and require substantial technology training a year. Public access to the CTC is free of charge including printing, internet access, and technical support from the CTC staff. In view of the technology training, KACS has enhanced our programs with the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) since January of 2009 – which is crucial but lacking in our target community. IC3 is a very first certification course to enable low-income and/or immigrant populations to receive the necessary computer training for their better marketability. KACS has supported Benchmark and Mentor, online training tools for students to identify digital literacy levels and develop effective self-paced training along with free classes taught in English. KACS has four high-tech computer labs, connected to the Internet and printers.

ESL/Civics/Korean classes
KACS offers various language classes including English, Korean, and Spanish. The mission of ESL/Civics/Citizenship classes is to reduce barriers for predominantly immigrants and low income families with limited English proficiency to achieve equal opportunity and further improve their quality of life. Our citizenship classes provide immigrants not only languages skills but also practical information and confidence which they need to navigate U.S. society and eventually improve the quality of their lives. Currently we offer four levels of ESL/Civics classes: basic (level I and level II) and intermediate (level III and level IV). The curriculum at all levels combines practical English language skills with content about U.S. institutions, rights, and civics, such as: becoming a citizen, finding a job, communicating on the job, finding housing, understanding the school system, using transportation, accessing health care, understanding U.S. government, basic U.S. history, and others.

Cultural Arts
We provide Root East, Root West, multi-disciplinary arts and cultural programming targeting the underserved population in arts including the Korean American community in the Chicago metropolitan area. Programming includes workshops in various visual arts, performances, and exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art forms in multiple media, summer youth art camp, language classes such as Korean and Spanish. KACS views arts as a vital component of a vibrant, healthy community and culture through languages as tools to empower and enrich cultural competency. The Christmas tree decoration at the Museum of Science and Industry by our senior craft class is one of Root East, Root West's annual project.