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Skills development classes offered for adult learners

December 22, 2015 | Filed in Archive
HFM Adult Services offers classes to strengthen reading, writing and math skills, preparation for high school equivalency exam

Literacy Zone logoHFM BOCES Office of Adult Literacy & Corrections Education will provide orientation and screening sessions in January for adult learners who wish to strengthen reading, writing and math skills, and are preparing to take high school equivalency exams.

Daytime and evening classes are scheduled at both Amsterdam and Gloversville Literacy Zones to allow learners to participate at convenient hours for them.

  • Morning sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Jan. 4, and Wednesday, Jan. 6.
  • Evening sessions are scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 and Wednesday, Jan. 6.
  • An afternoon session will be held from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Gloversville Literacy Zone.

Orientation and screening is a two-part session lasting three hours each. Students must attend both days of the sessions, arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the full three (3) hours each day.

This screening will determine if a student will be enrolled in a skill development class or if they have the reading, writing and math skills necessary to prepare for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) high school equivalency exam.

Skill development classes help adult learners improve reading, writing and math skills. Students must be able to read, write and compute at no less than a 5th grade level.

High school equivalency classes prepare adults for success on the TASC. Students must read, write and compute at a 9th grade level.

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.

The Amsterdam Literacy Zone is located at the United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St, Amsterdam, NY. Parking and entrance is in the upper parking lot.

The Gloversville Literacy Zone is located at 43-47 N. Main St. (Glove City Commons Building). Parking is available on Main St. and in the lot behind the building.

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. A flier can be emailed to your email address.

What to expect at the orientation/screening

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

Students with 5th grade level abilities and below will be considered on an individual basis and may be referred to other service providers. Ability will be demonstrated through the assessment process.

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 at no cost to the student 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 the HFM BOCES website and on Facebook: Amsterdam Literacy Zone, Gloversville Literacy Zone and HFM Adult Literacy & Corrections Education.