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Adult skill development and high school equivalency classes set to begin

August 30, 2018 | Filed in Archive

HFM BOCES will provide screenings and orientations for adult learners who need to enroll in skill development and high school equivalency classes.

Screenings and orientations are two-day events. Potential students must attend both days of the sessions, arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the full three hours each day.

Programming is held at the Amsterdam and Gloversville Literacy Zones.

Screenings, orientations and classes in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Literacy Zone, located within the United Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Amsterdam, will hold a morning session on Monday, Sept. 10, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. An evening session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees should park in the lot on the upper level and use the entrance available on the second level.

In Amsterdam, two sections of classes will be held. The morning session will meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The evening session will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Screenings, orientations and classes in Gloversville

The Gloversville Literacy Zone, located at 43-47 North Main St. in Gloversville, will hold a morning session Monday, Sept. 10, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. An evening session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In Gloversville, two sections of classes will be held. The morning session will meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The evening session will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

What to expect

During orientation, students will learn about the program, complete registration paperwork and participate in reading, writing and math assessments. Students must bring something to write with, a notebook, and both an original picture ID, with birth date, and a photocopy of that ID.

Skill development will help adult learners improve reading, writing and math skills. Students must be able to read, write and compute at no less than a fifth-grade level. High school equivalency classes prepare adults for success on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Students must read, write and compute at a ninth-grade level. Screening will include an assessment of skills to determine placement in class. Students will be required to have or develop computer literacy skills. Portions of programming are provided through online learning platforms. Class assignments will be made based on assessment results.

How to sign up

Individuals interested in attending an orientation and screening must call HFM BOCES at 736-4340 to reserve a seat. Callers should leave their name, age, address, phone number, and indicate which location and time they will attend. Voice mail is available 24 hours a day.

This program is intended for adults 21 and older. Learners ages 18-20 will be admitted based on an interview with the teacher and as space and funding are available. Classes offered by HFM BOCES Adult Literacy are possible through funding from the New York State Education Department. The office of Adult Literacy & Corrections Education shares timely information on Facebook: Amsterdam Literacy Zone, Gloversville Literacy Zone and HFM Adult Literacy & Corrections Education.

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