Literacy programs offered at the Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center have helped hundreds of adults learn to speak English, read, write, improve their math abilities, and prepare for the High School Equivalency exam.

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Ulster BOCES offers several literacy programs.

I-BEST: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

Adults who are not fluid speakers of the English language risk falling behind in the workforce. The I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program at the Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center can help put ELL students on a path to finding better jobs and achieving better lives for themselves. The program allows English as a second language (ESL) and adult basic education (ABE) students to learn a trade and the English language simultaneously. And, it’s free.

For more information, contact Coleen Macaluso, Literacy Coordinator, or call 845-331-5050.

High School Equivalency

Prepare for the new TASC exam with classroom instruction in social studies, math, science, literacy, the language arts, and writing.

Classes are Free!

Enroll at any time. Simply walk into the class which is most convenient for you. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Call the Adult Literacy Office at 845.331.5050 x2225 for up-to-date information on class meeting times and locations.

This course prepares adults to take the new revised High School Equivalency Exam. All programs are individualized. Practice tests and teacher guidance help determine the right time to schedule your TASC exam. You must be 18 years old to participate in this program.

View class schedule here.

English as a Second Language

English As a Second Language (ESL)

Students from many different language backgrounds will be instructed both individually and in groups to become proficient in the English language. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced level speakers are encouraged to attend. Students must be at least 18 years of age and out of school.

Crossroads Café

This is a home study program for students 21 and older who are unable to attend an English As a Second Language (ESL) class but would like to benefit from home instruction and improve reading and speaking English. The program requires that the student has a video or DVD player and is willing to commit time at home to study and practice.

Call 845.331.5050, X2243 for more information and upcoming information sessions.
View class schedule here.

GRASP: Giving Ready Adults A Study Program

GRASP orientations are conveniently located in Ellenville and Lake Katrine and are held at 5:00 PM on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month. Pre-registration and a $20 orientation fee are required. The registration deadline is one week before scheduled class date.

PLEASE CALL 845.331.5050 x2243 for assistance and to reserve a seat. Classes are subject to change, so please call ahead of time to confirm.

GRASP (Giving Ready Adults A Study Program)

Students must be at least 21 years of age and willing to study independently for at least six hours per week. This is a home study program designed for adults who are not able to attend traditional classes. Students attend a one-time orientation to learn how the program works. At that orientation, they will take an assessment test in reading and math that will be used to determine their skill level and what study materials will be required.

Pre-HSE Connections

Pre-HSE Connections is a home study program for people who need help with basic skills. Students must be at least 21 years of age. This pre-HSE course will help you get ready for the HSE course.

Coleen Macaluso
Adult Literacy Coordinator
Phone: 845.331.5050 ext. 2821
Fax: 845.382.1283