Welcome to the Union Adult Learning Center
Union Public Schools believes in serving the whole community, not just students in elementary classes and high schools. To achieve this, Union provides free adult education classes to the community at the Union Adult Learning Center.
The Adult Learning Center partners with Career Tech, CAP Tulsa, and other partners to provide GED and HiSET preparation classes, as well as English as a Second Language classes for those interested in furthering their education and expanding their knowledge and use of the English language.
ALL classes at the Adult Learning Center are available at no cost to the students. Class schedules vary with each program. Currently all classes are offered in person with limited offerings virtually. All adult classes are taught by highly experienced Oklahoma certified teachers.
In addition to the Adult Learning Center, other class locations can be found throughout the Tulsa metro area, Claremore, Muskogee, Owasso, and Pryor.
Adult Education Learning Center
7616 S. Garnett Rd
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Northwest corner of the Union High School Freshman Academy - Map
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays
For more than 25 years, Union Public Schools has served the community with an adult basic education program to assist adults through GED/ HiSET Preparation classes and/or English language learning for non- native English speakers.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program enrolls more than 1,500 students in these classes each year.
Through partnerships with local workforce development offices and other community agencies, the Adult Learning Center embraces the opportunity to serve students not only in Tulsa, but also in our neighboring communities of Claremore, Muskogee, Owasso, and Pryor.
These partners include, but are not limited to, Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP), Green Country Workforce, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa Community College, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, Women in Recovery, Family and Children’s Services, Rogers State University, Workforce Pryor, Muskogee Public Schools, Whirlpool Inc., TRIO, and local area churches.
Pearson Vue Testing Center
The Pearson Vue Testing Center offers various certification testing for individuals including teacher certification testing and high school equivalency (HSE) testing. During the 2019-2020 school year, nearly 500 individuals earned their HSE diploma with successful completion of the GED or HiSET exam.
GED and HiSET Preparation
Classes are provided for adults who are no longer attending high school and need basic skills instruction in reading, writing, math, and life skills.
GED and Industry Certification Exams
Passing the General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET test qualifies adults to receive a high school equivalency diploma issued by the State of Oklahoma and participate in our UALC graduation ceremony. Exams are available on paper or computer. We also offer certification exams for various fields such as IT, health, and education through our Pearson VUE testing center.
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provide instruction to non-English speaking adults. Students learn communication and assimilation skills in order to be productive citizens.
Family Literacy classes offer ABE and ESL to parents along with parent/child interaction time. By learning together as a family, the program reinforces life skills that parents and children need to succeed.
These classes are designed specifically to teach ABE or ESL to employees in order to achieve high performance work and product quality. Union’s instruction staff will identify tasks important to the employer and make those tasks the focus of basic skills.
Director of Adult Learning Center
Dr. Amy McCready
Dr. Amy McCready has more than 30 years experience in public education and nearly 20 years of experience with Union Public Schools. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., and her administrative certification from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
McCready completed her Ed.D. at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa in 2020. While at Union, McCready has served as Director of Union’s spirit programs, assistant principal at the then Intermediate High School (now Union High School Freshman Academy), assistant principal at the Alternative School and principal of the ASPIRE Program. She is currently serving as the Director of Adult and Community Education. Before coming to Union, McCready was at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, for 13 years, where she taught math and was an assistant principal.
McCready has been recognized as a Teacher of the Month, TeenInk Honorable Mention Educator of the Year, and a Top Dawg in Teaching. McCready’s interests include spending time with her husband, Matt McCready, who is Union’s Director of Fine Arts, and with friends and family. She also enjoys playing trumpet and piano, supporting the Jayhawks and traveling.
Associate Director of Adult Learning Center
Jessica McGhee was named associate director of the Union Adult Learning Center in the summer of 2021.
McGhee is in her 16th year in public education at Union Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and Painting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
McGhee received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree and Administrative Certification from Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, OK in 2012.
While at Union, McGhee has served as a visual art instructor, activity specialist and academic specialist for the Carrera Program, as well as guidance specialist for the Adult Education program.
Interests include spending time with her husband and children, traveling to various art museums, and creating 2-D artwork.