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Our Community Based & Job Skills Development Program (CBJSDP) is designed to help students complete entry level certificate programs while improving their basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Math.


CBJSDP targets adults and young adults (of at least 18 years of age) who have graduated from high school but test below college-ready and are interested in a career/technical education in a high-demand occupation in the region.

Students in CBJSDP attend career training and basic skills courses concurrently in a contextualized, integrated educational model, which enables them to complete most programs in one semester.


Training Offered

Questions and Concerns

How do I qualify?

Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, take the Test of Adult Basic Skills (TABE) admistered on registration day, and be available to attend all of the classes in the program. Eligible candidates will be contacted after test scores have been evaluated.


What expenses does the grant cover?

The grant pays for books, tuition/fees, equipment, test preparation materials, state and national exam fees, and one certification per student.


What does the student pay for?

Students pay a nominal non-refundable registration fee of $20.00.


How long is the program?

Program lengths vary.

Where is the program offered?

The program is avalaible at Houston Center for Literacy campuses and community-based organizations across the city of Houston. Click here for our summer schedule or call us at 713-640-8223 to find a location near you.




To learn more about how Community Based & Job Skills Development can benefit you and your business in Houston, please contact Elmer Romero at elmer.romero@houliteracy.org, 713-294-5996 .



Our Mission

In order to boost the economy of Houston, Houston Center for Literacy strengthens providers of adult education who, in turn, provide necessary skills for underemployed citizens to fulfill their potential and become economically self-sufficient.


Our Vision

We envision a city where every adult is equipped with the basic skills they need to qualify for jobs that will allow them to support their families and thrive as prosperous, independent, successful members of our society.