Adult Learning Center - ALC

Adult Learning Center – ALC

The Adult Learning Center has served adults in the Mid-Missouri area since 1978. The ALC has class sites at Family Impact Center, Blind Boone Center and Columbia Area Career Center.

The purpose of the ALC is to assist adults in one or more of the following areas:

Become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, postsecondary education and self-sufficiency

Become proficient in English language skills

Overcome barriers and transition into employment and/or postsecondary education and training programs

The ALC provides services and instruction in English Language Learning (ELL): Instruction designed to help individuals of limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language.

For current enrollment details, call our office at 573-214-3690 or email:

The ALC provides many activities to support non-native English speakers in improving their English language skills. Not only does the ALC help individuals in preparing for and securing employment, but it also provides information about and referrals to community resources. The ALC promotes American citizenship through civics and language instruction, and it offers a healthy, encouraging and friendly environment to foster esteem in learning at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Some things we do:

  • ELL instruction for non-native English speakers
  • Community resource information through topical workshops and field trips/community outings
  • Teach workplace skills

English classes are available during the day at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, or 11:45 am and at night 6:00 pm for all levels of ELL students. You should attend orientation at the time you want to attend class.

To enroll, you must attend the first day of orientation and then you will be assigned to the second or third day of orientation. Orientation sessions are on the following dates:

Wed. – Aug. 15, 2018

Wed. – Sept. 5, 2018

Wed. – Oct. 3, 2018

Wed. – Nov. 7, 2018

Wed. – Dec. 5, 2018

Mon. – Jan. 7, 2019

Wed. – Feb. 6, 2019

Wed., – March 6, 2019


Orientation Times and Locations:
9:00 am – J. W. Blind Boone Center, 301 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
6:00 pm – Columbia Area Career Center, 4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

The ALC is proud to offer a TOEFL prep course. This course is designed for students with English as a second language, that are 17 years of age or older, who are preparing for post-secondary education. In order to prepare those students for the TOEFL iBT exam, the course will focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as testing strategies.

You may be required to purchase a book for this course. You will be contacted with detailed information after you register. (16 Sessions)


Click here for more information and to register.

The ALC is currently seeking substitute teachers. Please see the information below for details.

Qualifications: 60+ hours of college credit and a valid MO Substitute Teaching Certificate OR a MO State Teaching Certificate

Application Materials: Completed application, resume, 3 current references, copies of college transcripts (official copies required if hired), copy of valid MO State Teaching Certificate OR copy of MO Substitute Teaching Certificate

Application Process: 

1. Return completed application via mail or email to:

Pam Thuli


4203 S. Providence Road

Columbia, MO 65203

2. Interview

Hiring Process:

  1. Attend Columbia Public Schools orientation
  2. Pass fingerprint/background check
  3. Verification of MO Substitute Teaching Certificate OR valid MO State Teaching Certificate

Click here to download the Adult Learning Center substitute application.