Program Offerings

Ongoing registration for classes is held regularly at schools and offices around the city. Contact the location nearest you for class availability, registration information and travel directions. To view maps of OACE sites and find the program sites closest to you, please click here.

Literacy Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instruction

ABE instruction emphasizes reading, writing and mathematics centered on student literacy needs, educational goals and life-related interests in a contextualized setting. The curriculum incorporates students’ interests, goals and experiences. Real-world materials are used to enhance the overall educational experience of the adult learner. Adults enrolled in the ABE classes will be able to advance along a continuum of options ranging from literacy, pre-TASC®, TASC® preparation and vocational training.

High School Equivalency (TASC) Instruction

TASC® preparation classes will provide adult learners with instruction in subject areas and skills required to pass the TASC® exam. Test preparation will include a review of the required forms and simulated practice exams. TASC® preparation is also offered in our Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) labs at the four Adult Learning Centers.

Students still eligible for high school enrollment who are interested in a TASC® preparation program, should contact a ReferralCenter for High School Alternatives

Changes to the New York State High School Equivalency Assessment

New York’s previous High School Equivalency diploma examination was called the GED®.  The GED® was replaced by the TASC® exam starting on January 1, 2014.   The Department of Education offers free courses to help you prepare for this new exam.  To find out more about changes to the test and how to enroll contact:

  • Referral Center for High School Alternatives (for students ages 17-21 who are still eligible to attend high school.)
  • Office of Adult and Continuing Education (for students 21 or older who are no longer eligible to attend high school.)
  • You may also call (718) 557-2525 for general referral to the offices listed above and other free TASC® preparation course providers.   
  • *Note- If you previously passed the GED® and earned your High School Equivalency diploma this change does not affect your diploma is any way.
  • Or call (718) 557-2525 for general referral to the offices listed above and other free TASC® preparation course providers.

*Note - If you previously passed the GED® and earned your High School Equivalency diploma this change does not affect your diploma is any way.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instruction

ESOL instruction prepares students with basic language skills, as well as critical academic and civic skills needed to successfully complete higher education or job training programs. The emphasis is on improving English skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Instructional themes include work, family, citizenship and topics based on student interests.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

OACE offers CTE courses which will provide adults with an opportunity to acquire technical, trade, construction or entrepreneurial skills enabling them to pursue meaningful employment and/or post-secondary education. CTE classes are offered to adults with or without a high school diploma. Adults without a high school diploma or TASC® may dually enroll in a CTE and literacy (ABE, ESOL or TASC®) class to work towards obtaining their High School Equivalency diploma. CTE classes include courses such as basic Computer Literacy, Microsoft Certification, Carpentry and Plumbing. Many of the courses prepare students for industry recognized certifications and city and state licenses. Click here for a complete listing of CTE course offerings.

OACE is a certified Certiport testing facility. Contact the Brooklyn Adult Learning Center at 718-638-2635 for details.

Health Careers

The health careers industry is a rapidly growing field with opportunities for individuals to realize their personal and professional goals. OACE offers a number of programs for adults interested in entering the high demand health career profession.

Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program

The shortage of nurses continue to be of serious concern to government, health care providers, consumers and those who strive to educate those who are preparing for careers in the health career professions. The OACE LPN program is a full time, one-year program designed to prepare participants to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and make application for state licensure as a practical nurse. The program is currently offered at 2 sites: Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The pre screening entrance exam for the program is the Pre-Nursing Assessment Test-PN, which is administered by the Center for Nursing Education and Training (C-NET). The 2014-2015 cohort begins in September 2014. The application for the Pre-Nursing Assessment Test are available online and will close in February 2015. For more information, please click here.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

The part-time CNA program will provide students with instruction in Nurse Aide Theory. Participants will also participate in a supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the New York State exam to become certified as a Nurse Assistant.