Career Readiness ESL Schedule

Colorado's FREE English School for Refugees

Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL also known as Colorado Refugee ESL) is an intensive English program designed to help refugees advance their language skills so they may obtain employment.  The program serves a range of levels from low-literacy level to advanced.  

All individuals with refugee or asylum status can attend CRESL classes for free for up to 5 years.  Students can start any Monday.  Scholarships are available to advance to pre-academic English classes or to career and technical college programs.

Registration & Testing Hours

Students: Please bring documentation showing your immigration status with you to registration. If you have a CARES form, please bring it, too. 


Case managers: Email CARES forms to

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday

See below for a list of day and evening classes.

Interested in Transitions Classes? Click here.

English classes are free for Refugees

CRESL is sponsored by the Colorado Refugee Services Program and funded through the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

CRESL Class Schedule


Due to Coronavirus, all English classes will be remote starting April 7. 

We will offer the following remote Career Readiness English as a Second Language (CRESL), also known as Colorado Refugee ESL classes.

Schedule and Class Descriptions:

CRESL Levels 3, 4, and 5 will consist of online learning modules with tasks that students can complete at any time of the day or night as well as scheduled virtual class sessions and office hours (mornings and afternoons for convenience) where students can interact directly with classmates and teachers via video conference.  

CRESL Level 2 will be a combination of some online lessons as well as online meetings and online exercises using Facebook.

CRESL Level 1 will be a combination of learning packets that will be mailed to students at home in addition to communication with class and teacher using What's App.

Registration Steps:

If you want to continue studying English, please email and provide your first name and last name, student ID or date of birth, and home address. We will reply with instructions about next steps.



If you have questions, please email us at or text us at 720-593-1692. For more information and updates about the school closure due to Coronavirus please visit our website.   


Location: Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203

CRESL Online Classes

Class Days Daytime Evening
Literacy Level      
Literacy (WhatsApp) Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm N/A
Level 1      
Multi-Skills 1 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9-10 am N/A
Extra Activities Tuesday/Thursday 9-10am N/A
Level 2      
Multi-Skills 2 Monday/Wednesday 12-1:30pm 6-7:30pm
Extra Help (Office Hours) Tuesday/Thursday   4-5:30pm
Level 3      
Multi-Skills 3 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-11am M/W 6-7pm; F 4-5pm
Level 4      
Multi Skills 4 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-11am 6-7pm
Level 5      
Multi-Skills 5 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-10:50am 6-6:50pm
Extra Help (Office Hours) Monday 11am-12pm 7-8pm


Additional Locations

Location: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora, CO 80010

Class Days Daytime Evening
Literacy Level      
Multi-Skills Literacy (WhatsApp) M-Th 10am-12pm PWM
Multi-Skills Low      
Multi-Skills Low Monday 9:30-11:30am PWM
Extra Help (Office Hours) T-F 8-10am PWM
Multi-Skills High      
Multi-Skills 3-4 Thursday 2-3:30pm  
Multi-Skills 3-4 Tuesday   6-7:30pm


Location: Hidden Brook Apartments, 1313 Xenia St, Denver, CO 80220

Class Days Time Room
Citizenship Prep Monday 11:30am-12:15pm Hidden Brook
Extra Help Tuesday-Friday 8-10am Hidden Brook
Multi-skills Low Monday 9:30-11:30am Hidden Brook
Extra Help Tuesday-Friday 8-10am Hidden Brook


For questions about classes located at the Emily Griffith Campus (1860 Lincoln St), please call 720-423-4750.

For questions about classes located at the Village Exchange Center or Hidden Brook Apartments, please call 720-460-1393. 

Upcoming Related Events

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Health Information Session
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, July 10, 2020
Emily Griffith Graduation Ceremony
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Friday, July 10, 2020
Emily Griffith Graduation Ceremony
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm