Whatcom Community College offers classes to adults in Whatcom County who want to improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English while also learning about American culture and our local community. The following classes are available quarterly:

  • ESL core - reading, writing, listening & speaking
  • ESL writing

Students on tourist, visitor or student visas are not eligible. Students with these visas should contact International Programs 360.383.3240 or email international@whatcom.edu.


Tuition & fees

Tuition is $25 per quarter for students enrolled in ESL, ABE & GED classes on campus.


New Students

New students must take CASAS placement tests before beginning ESL classes. CASAS placement testing is by appointment only.

There are three steps to beginning ESL classes:

  1. Come to Cascade Hall 167, Office of Transitional Learning (ESL office) to schedule a CASAS testing appointment.
  2. Come to your testing appointment. After you finish your CASAS tests you will be given a registration appointment.
  3. Come to your registration appointment. The ESL program costs $25 a quarter due at registration.


Returning Students

Students returning within 6 months of their last CASAS tests are eligible for the next registration session. For more information or to return to classes contact the Office of Transitional Learning at 360.383.3060 or email tmartinez@whatcom.edu.