Adult Education

MEND’s Adult Education program provides a wide range of classes, workshops and enrichment programs. Annually, the center enrolls an average of 950 adult students.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes run in two 14-week sessions in the fall and spring. Three class levels, ranging from novice beginner, beginner intermediate, and intermediate advanced, are offered in the morning Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Supplemental ESL workshops are offered in the summer over a 10-week session between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. In the fall and spring, the workshops are offered Tuesday through Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and on Friday from 9:00 am to 3 pm.
  • A Spanish Fundamentals class enrolls immigrant adults who are illiterate in their Spanish native language. Once these students have mastered literacy fundamentals, they can move on to ESL classes. The Spanish literacy class runs concurrent with the ESL program from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Culminating activities at the end of each session include awards and certificates for attendance, leadership, and achievement.
  • MEND also offers an extracurricular sewing class, which teaches students to operate a sewing machine and to cut, sew and complete a wide range of projects.

Powered by Volunteers

All teachers and tutors in the Education & Training Center are volunteers, trained and supported by a professional staff.

Interested in volunteering? Download the Volunteer Opportunities Brochure.

Adult Education Partners

The Education and Training Center is grateful for the assistance of the these organizations.

Session Schedule

ESL (English as a Second Language) program

Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tuesday – Thursday

Fall session: September – December (14 weeks)

Spring session: February – May (14 weeks)

Summer session: June – August (10 weeks)

Spanish Fundamentals

Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tuesday – Thursday

For information on class schedules, contact Leticia Cornelio at (818) 686-7336 or (818) 686-7331

Hours of Operation

(Hours may vary depending on season)

Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
*Suggested Donation: $40.00 (registration and book included)


MEND Education and Training Center is located at 13460 Van Nuys Boulevard on the corner of Cayuga Street

ETC Reception Desk: (818) 686-7336