Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instruction
ABE instruction emphasizes skills related to adult literacy needs, educational goals, and personal interests. Real-world materials are used to enhance the educational experience of the adult learner. Adults enrolled in ABE classes can begin with basic literacy skills and advance to high school equivalency preparation and vocational training.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instruction
ESOL instruction teaches students basic language skills, as well as the academic and civic skills they need 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.
Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
Visit the TASC pages for information on the test, where to take it and how to eroll in a prepatory class.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education courses provide adults with an opportunity to acquire technical, trade, construction, or entrepreneurial skills. These courses enable adult students to pursue meaningful employment and/or post-secondary education. Get a complete listing of CTE course offerings in the Course Catalog.
CTE classes are offered to adults without a high school diploma; there is limited availability in some Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes for holders of U.S. high school equivalency. Adults without a high school diploma or TASC may enroll in a CTE classes at the same time as literacy classes (such as ABE, ESOL or TASC) class to work towards obtaining their High School Equivalency diplomas. 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.
Certiport Testing Information
Adult education students can earn the designation of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) through the Certiport program. To learn more, contact the Brooklyn or Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center:
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center 475 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center 212 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
212-666-1919 or 212-666-1920
The New York City Department of Education offers a program for adults interested in entering the high- demand field of health careers.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
The part-time CNA program provides students with instruction in Nurse Aide Theory. Participants also participate in a supervised clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the New York State exam to become certified as a Nurse Assistant.