HFM BOCES will hold a fast-paced summer boot camp for adults who are nearly ready to take the high school equivalency exam. The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is the new pathway for adults to achieve their high school equivalency diploma in New York State. This class targets learners who have well-developed reading, wring and math skills.
Classes will meet two days each week; additional, independent study will be required outside the classroom. Morning and evening classes are available. They will be offered at both the Amsterdam and Gloversville Literacy Zones. Students should have and be willing to improve computer literacy skills.
Screening and orientation events will be held the week of June 19 to provide information to interested students and to evaluate their academic skills. Screening and orientation is a two day event. Potential students must attend both days of the sessions, arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the full three hours each day. 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 of a picture ID with birth date and a photocopy of that ID.
Students must read, write and compute at a ninth grade level in order to be enrolled in the TASC Boot Camp. The assessment of skills will be done using the Test of Adult Basic Education. Those who do not qualify for the Boot Camp class will be enrolled in a skill development class. Skill development classes will help adult learners improve reading, writing and math skills to develop skills needed to enter a test preparation program. Students must be able to read, write and compute at the fifth grade level or higher.
The Amsterdam Literacy Zone, located within the United Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Amsterdam, will hold two screening sessions. The morning session will be on Monday, June 19th and Tuesday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to noon both days. The evening sessions will be held Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21 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.
The Gloversville Literacy Zone, located at 43-47 North Main St. in Gloversville, will hold screenings on Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to noon both days. The evening sessions will be held Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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 adult 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: