Union Adult Learning Center

May 2021

As this school year draws to a close, it's important to reflect on all that we have overcome in the last year. The 2020-2021 school year has been a wild rollercoaster of new ways of being and thinking. There are things we long to go back to and things that we will always do differently moving forward. Our classes end for the summer May 13, but we are actively planning for next school year. Our next enrollment will be in August, but we are still fine tuning the details. We will share this information on our website and our social media accounts. It has been our pleasure to serve our amazing students this year.

ESL Teacher Corie Ramirez

Corie Ramirez is an English as a Second Language instructor for the Union Adult Learning Center. She holds a B.S. in English from Northeastern State University and an A.S. in business administration from TCC. Ramirez is a certified ESL teacher here in Oklahoma and has been with UALC since March of 2019. Currently, she teaches the beginning literacy class and will be taking on a multi-level class for the UALC summer Encore session. She will also be joining the newest addition to the UALC program, the IELCE Workplace Certification team, in June to assist our ESL students in earning their Forklift and Digital Readiness certificates. Ramirez has a deep passion for teaching ESL and her teaching philosophy revolves around encouraging respect for language learning and intellectual achievement by stimulating individual curiosity both within language and culture. She believes in helping her adult students acquire knowledge of several foundations by applying language learning to logical and realistic foundations in order to guide her student's growth in their path to learning the English language.

HSE/GED Teacher Nancy Lisk

Nancy Lisk started teaching Adult Education while teaching in Skiatook in 2009. She has taught adult education with the Union Adult Education program at Skiatook, Tulsa Tech Lemley, Union Alternative, UALC, Broken Arrow, and Asbury. In all, she has enjoyed twelve years of working with adults helping them gain their high school diploma. She is retiring from adult ed at the end of May.

She retired from teaching in 2018 with 32 years of teaching secondary math and science at five schools: Wakita, Timberlake, Skiatook, Union, and Broken Arrow. She grew up in Louisiana, and has made Oklahoma her home for 47 years. She has always loved teaching math and trying to make students see how it is used in everyday life. Getting students to see that they can succeed and go on to other opportunities is something that she has tried to do.

Partner Spotlight

Goodwill & TulsaWORKS Career Academy

We are so excited to share that through the IELCE grant that we receive from Career Tech and our partnership with Goodwill Industries and TULSAWorks Career Academy has created a fantastic opportunity for our ESL students. We have eighteen students co-enrolled for workplace certifications. They not only receive the career training and certificate from TULSAWorks, but they also receive ESL language acquisition support from our staff. We are looking to expand offerings in the fall for eligible students.

TulsaWORKS Career Academy

TulsaWORKS Career Academy is committed to making opportunities for learning available to all who are seeking education to secure or advance in their chosen profession. Our system combines career navigation and interactive personal training to meet the demands for talent through a broad range of credentials. We empower our students to develop the confidence and self-sufficiency needed to acquire the skills and tools essential to continue lifelong learning as they grow along their path towards a fulfilling and economically sustaining career. This also includes gaining the latest skills required to search, apply, interview, and obtain employment in a virtual world.

TulsaWORKS Career Academy offers training in Career Readiness, Forklift Training, Advanced Order Picker Training, Unarmed Private Security/CLEET Certification, Digital Readiness, IT Fundamentals, Workplace Computer Skills, Skills to Succeed Academy, Google IT Support Professional Certification and Hospitality Industry Professional Training. Most of these courses are now available onsite, online, during evenings, weekends, or in a blended format. TulsaWORKS Career Academy prepares every student for meaningful employment and career development to attain success in a 21st Century global economy.

Website: http://www.tulsaworks.org/ and https://www.goodwilltulsa.org/gwt/default.asp

To begin your new Career, please complete the registration form or contact one of the Career Navigators listed below: TulsaWORKS Registration


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UALC ESL VIP Enrollment

Monday, July 12th, 9am to Thursday, July 15th, 8pm

This is an online event.

This is an appointment only enrollment session to give our current students an opportunity to enroll early and continue with us in the fall. Students will receive their invitation and instructions via email. Please contact Kim Barger with questions. barger.ilah@unionps.org

UALC HSE VIP Enrollment

Monday, July 19th, 9am to Thursday, July 22nd, 8pm

This is an online event.

This is an appointment only enrollment session to give our current students an opportunity to enroll early and continue with us in the fall. Students will receive their invitation and instructions via email. Please contact Maria Smith with questions. smith.maria@unionps.org

UALC Open Enrollment

Monday, Aug. 2nd, 9am to Thursday, Aug. 12th, 8pm

This is an online event.

Open enrollment is for any student who would like to take ESL or HSE classes with our program. The enrollment link will be one our website ualc.unionps.org. ESL students will go to the ESL enrollment page and HSE students will go to the HSE enrollment page. Students will fill out the enrollment form online and a staff member will contact them to schedule a time to complete pre-testing requirements.


About Us

Union Public Schools provides adult education classes to the community at the Union Adult Learning Center (UALC). Partnering with Career Tech and CAP Tulsa, UALC provides 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.