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WorkPLACE Adult Literacy and Education Center


WorkPLACE is a entrepreneurial and career development program designed to support small businesses and those looking for work.  WorkPLACE serves as a one-stop information and support center offering services to the public for free.  

WorkPLACE staff have helped a wide array of patrons seeking to start businesses in the daycare services, food services, cleaning services, yard work and handyman services, and many other micro enterprises. In addition, they assist patrons to complete legal forms required by the city to register and start their business. They also assist potential new business owners to develop a business plan and to set up an accounting system for their business.

Through this entrepreneurial program, the library has offered numerous workshops, training opportunities, one-to-one sessions, outreach opportunities and webinars. The Work PLACE program provided access to dedicated workspaces, access to technology (computers, printers, fax services, scanning services), materials and reference services with dedicated staff nearby to provide individual assistance free of charge to the public. Free business courses and webinars were available to help to boost relevant skills.  For more information call (915) 212-3245.  

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Educational and career development for adults

Call the literacy hotline at (915) 212-3245 for information on Adult Education and Literacy Classes throughout El Paso.

Language Learning

EPPL offers English as a second Language classes at most of our branches. Some branches offer Spanish classes and some even have French classes. Patrons can also use our language learning software, Mango Languages, to learn even more languages.  Click here to access Mango Languages

Computer and Technology Classes

All EPPL locations offer computer classes from basic to advanced. Even if you've never used a computer, our staff can help your learn the basics so you can surf the web, create e-mail addresses, apply for work or housing and many other things.

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Citizenship Prep

EPPL also offers citizenship classes for adults that want to become US citizens. The classes are free and open to the public. You can begin almost any time.

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GED Prep & Testing

EPPL also offers GED prep classes at all branches for free. To find out more about the GED prep classes click on the classes link below or call the literacy center at (915) 212-3245.  

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The El Paso Public Library offers GED testing services through a partnership with Pearson Vue. Anyone needing to take the GED test can do so on weekends and evenings during normal library hours. The library testing centers won’t charge additional fees to provide the testing facility however the GED testing service does charge for each section of the test (4 parts).  To find out more details on how to take the test, call our Literacy Hotline at (915) 212-3245 or to schedule an exam visit Pearson Vue.

Career Online High School

The City of El Paso and the El Paso Public Library are making it easier for adults over the age of 19 to obtain a high school diploma. Through funding from the City, adult learners, who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education, may be able to qualify for one of a limited number of scholarships to Career Online High School (COHS).

Career Online High School is not a GED course. It is an actual high school curriculum offered online through Gale/Cengage, leaders in online learning. The program is fully accredited by AdvancED which provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 32,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 70 countries worldwide, educating 20 million students. This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online high school diploma.

To enroll, a student must be 19 years of age or older, reside in El Paso, County, have an El Paso Public Library card, be able to devote at least 8 hours per week to course work and have access to a computer and Internet either at home or at a public library facility. Applicants must successfully complete an online self-assessment and a 2 week prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview with trained library staff before they can be considered for a free scholarship. There is no maximum age limit.

Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program. The learning module can be accessed HERE.

For more information on how to enroll students can call (915) 212-2311 or email

Continuing Education Classes

Fore more information call our Literacy Hotline at (915) 212-3245.