Adult Education

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We are dedicated to helping adults achieve their educational and personal goals. Our program offers a variety of courses and activities that will empower adults in their personal and professional lives.


Who We Are | Free Educational Services | The Academy | How to Register

Fall 2014 Classes

Registration September 8th. Classes begin September 15th.

Students interested in fall classes, including DACA and LGBTQ-specific programs, may contact Melissa Nieves, Director and Educational Counselor, at (212) 828-6298 or

Currently Recruiting Students for:


Project Grow


DACA Eligibility

Project Grow provides a safe space for adult students that identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, or questioning.

Students that self-identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to enroll in the fall session of Project Grow to work toward their high school equivalency diploma and prepare for entry into the workforce.

DACA (otherwise known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) provides temporary relief and work/educational benefits to qualifying immigrant youth and young adults.

Students between ages 16 and 33 and whom had arrived in the US prior to 2012 are encouraged to enroll in the fall DACA high school equivalency course.


Who We Are

What we like to say is, “It’s never too late to go back to school!”

For over two decades we have been committed to bringing free education into the hands of hundreds of adults.

Our vast resources range from ESL classes (English as a Second Language) to our well-known GED Program (General Education Development), as well as many more classes taught by our excellent and well-trained staff members. Our teachers are passionate facilitators of learning who inspire and support their students to achieve their dreams and change their lives for the better.

Our mission is to educate the mind as well as to promote growth outside the classroom. Through workshops, tutoring, and community support, the Adult Education program gives adults a place to learn and empower themselves while striving for a better way of life.

Free Educational Services

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL Literacy and ESL I, II and III are designed for students of all levels to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.

Basic Education in Spanish

"It’s never too late," that’s the motto in the Basic Education in Spanish Program. In Basic Education in Spanish, native speakers of Spanish learn to read and write in Spanish, in preparation for continuing their studies for Pre-GED and GED and eventually continue to college.

High School Equivalency (HSE)

Union Settlement’s HSE program is for adults of all ages and levels. We assess individuals when they enroll and design classes around their abilities for all the subjects tested on the HSE. We prepare students for the HSE test format, as well as train them to overcome test anxiety. Students recieve instruction on all high school subjects - math, social studies, science, reading, and writing - leaving them prepared and confident for the HSE.

Home Health Aide Program

The Job Readiness/ Home Health Aide Program helps students develop their knowledge and skills required to enter the health field. Students work with teachers and counselors to overcome any personal challenges that might hinder their success. Job placement is guaranteed upon successful completion of certification and screening.

Requirements to Qualify for Home Health Aide Training:

• Must be 18 or older.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or have a U.S. Working Permit.
• Must have a Social Security Card.
• Must have proof of address (New York).
• Must have a New York ID or Drivers License.
• Must be available to take a medical exam and a drug screening.
• Must be available to take fingerprints and have a background check.
• Must be available to study full time from Monday to Friday from 9-5pm.

Basic Computer Classes

Through basic computer classes, students become familiar with Windows computer systems and software. Classes focus on skills essential to finding and maintaining work including: Microsoft Office Suite, online job searching, resume posting, and learning English.

Project Grow

Project Grow is a four-week education and workforce development program that empowers young LGBTQ individuals by providing them the skills and resources to obtain work and grow. Course curriculum and workshops directly address LGBTQ specific challenges faced when seeking employment and high school equivalency diplomas. In addition, students work with teachers to improve interviewing skills, write resumes and cover letters, learn computer fundamentals, and receive work readiness training. 

How to Register

For more information or to register for classes, please contact:
Office of Adult Education
237 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
(212) 828-6016
Offices open Monday through Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm.

Director of Adult Education

Melissa Nieves
(212) 828-6298


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