Learn at CMC

Students and tutorsHere are a few questions we often receive from new students. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please call us at 319-731-0444. 

For online resources and practice websites, visit our Student Resources Site.

What types of classes do you have?
At CMC, we do not have large classes with many students. Instead, we have one-on-one tutor pairings: one teacher and one student. Each student has different language abilities, which is why one-on-one tutoring works well for adult learners. We have classes in English as a Second Language at all levels, from beginning to advanced. We also offer help with basic math skills, GED/HiSET preparation, and preparation for the U.S. Citizenship exam.

How much does it cost to take classes?

Classes at CMC are free!

Who can take classes at CMC?

The Education Program at CMC focuses on Adult Basic Education. We work with students who are 18 years or older.

Close-up of hands writingHow do I start taking classes at CMC?
To register for class, you must come to CMC to fill out an application form and take a placement test. You do not need an appointment, you can come in anytime CMC is open.

Why do I need to take a placement test?
The placement tests help us determine how much English you know already. We use this information to decide which book level will be good for you.

How often can I come in for classes?
Most students come in for 1 hour per week. Let us know if you want more class time. You can also use the computer for more English language practice.

What hours can I take classes?
CMC offers one-on-one tutoring, so you can start at any time! The education program is open:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May I bring my children to my lesson?
Yes!  We have a room with toys and books for children.  You will be able to take class with your children in the room. We offer childcare if needed.

Who will be teaching me?

Your teacher will be a volunteer tutor or an Education staff member.

I don’t speak any English. Is there anyone at CMC who can speak my language?
Our staff can speak English, Spanish, French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi. We will do our best to help you no matter what language you speak!

Where is CMC?
CMC is located at 1220 5th Avenue SE. Our parking lot is located just off of 5th Avenue.