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Chancellor Walcott Unveils New GED Preparation Program Brand and Citywide Adult Transition Centers


Former GED Plus Sites Name Changed to Reflect State’s New High School Equivalency Exam

New Transition Centers In All Five Boroughs for Over 21 Year Old Students Moving Into Adult High School Equivalency 

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access Dorita Gibson today unveiled the rebranding of GED Plus sites to “Pathways to Graduation,” and announced five new Adult Transition Centers. Pathways to Graduation sites and new transition centers will work in partnership to further improve students’ access to and understanding of the DOE’s high-quality alternative education services and programs.

The new Pathways to Graduation name will take effect January 2014 when New York State will no longer administer the General Educational Development (GED) exam and Pathways to Graduationmove toward administering the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), a Common Core-aligned exam. The DOE’s rebranding to Pathways to Graduation better defines the centers’ educational mission and services for diploma-seeking students ages 18 to 21, particularly in advance of the new TASC exam.

For more than 6 years, GED Plus has provided free services to over 8,500 students annually, operating in 62 locations to help young adults obtain their high school diploma in preparation for college and career success. Pathways to Graduation will continue to build upon the DOE’s relentless commitment to alternative education opportunities and high school equivalency diploma preparation programs for students.

“For many New Yorkers, a high school diploma is a necessary passport to college or a career,” said schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “But many students face insurmountable obstacles and they may need an alternative path to graduation. We will continue to provide high-quality teaching and support to young people who have taken the initiative to pursue their diploma. The new name of our GED Plus program reflects that commitment.”

“For the past three years we have been working to raise standards in our classrooms so that students and staff are better prepared for the transition to the State’s new high school equivalency diploma exam,” said Deputy Chancellor Gibson. “We are excited to have a new name, which describes how students are being prepared for more than a diploma.”  

Pathways to Graduation will continue to offer students free instruction and programming within school buildings and community-based organizations in all five boroughs. They provide college and career resource services to help students plan for life after their diploma, and guidance counselors and social workers assist students in both social and emotional development. In addition, Pathways to Graduation offers students paid internships and professional training through workforce development. Finally, community-based partnerships with organizations like Future Now at Bronx Community College, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, the Door, YMCA and LaGuardia Community College among many others create opportunities for students outside the walls of the DOE.  

The DOE’s five new Adult Transition Centers in each borough will prepare students for the State’s new Common Core-aligned TASC exam once they age out of Pathways to Graduation, when students turn age 22. These new centers are co-located with Pathways to Graduation and will supplement those services and resources currently offered through Pathways to Graduation and the Office of Adult and Continuing Education. 

The 5 Adult Transition Centers will be located in: 
  • Brooklyn: 1965 Linden Boulevard
  • Bronx: Bronx Regional, 1010 Rev James A Polite Avenue 
  • Manhattan: Alternative Education Complex, 269 West 35th Street 
  • Queens: Jamaica Learning Center Hub, 162-02 Hillside Avenue 
  • Staten Island: St George Center, 450 St. Marks Place

The Adult Transition Centers, Pathways to Graduation, and the Office of Adult and Continuing Education will continue to work together to align standards towards the Common Core and better prepare students for the 21st Century economy.