Adult Education

Helping adults achieve their educational and personal goals.

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What We Do

Our free classes empower adult students in their personal and professional lives. We serve people who wish to learn English, gain a basic education, prepare for the high school equivalency exam and develop job skills.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Basic Education (BE) and High School Equivalency (HSE)
Home Health Aide-Job Readiness Program
Project Grow

Información en Español

Did you know…

…Union Settlement is one of the area’s largest adult education providers? We are helping our neighbors achieve their goals.

Last year 298 infants and toddlers were able to attend
65 home-based childcare centers in our
Family Child Care Network.

“I want to get my diploma — something I could not achieve

when I was in high school.”

– Annette, Adult Education Student

Our innovative Home Health Aide Training

helps students begin careers in health care.

Through our partnership with the 92nd Street Y,

world famous authors discussed their work and careers

with our Writing Through Reading students.

We offer our students education counseling in

English and Spanish – for free.

Our Saturday and Evening Academy helps immigrants

attain the language and academic skills they need. 

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Services & Programs

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

For immigrants who want to learn English, we offer a comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Our ESOL Literacy and ESOL I, II and III classes are designed for students at all levels to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Our curriculum is based on the NYS Common Core Standards, preparing ESOL learners to communicate effectively in the American workplace and to continue their education at the post-secondary level


Basic Education (BE) and High School Equivalency (HSE)

Union Settlement’s BE-HSE program is for individuals ages 16 and older. We assess participants when they enroll and offer classes ranging from 3rd grade to 12th grade learning levels.  Our curriculum is based on the NYS Common Core Standards with the goal of preparing students for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which has replaced the GED exams.  We prepare students for the TASC test format, as well as train them to overcome test anxiety and other challenges that may hinder their ability to finish their education. Students receive instruction on all high school equivalency subjects leaving them confident and prepared to pass the TASC.


Home Health Aide Job Readiness Program

The Home Health Aide Job Readiness Program helps students develop their knowledge and skills required to enter the health field. Students work with a Home Health Aid Instructor and a Case Manager to overcome any personal challenges that might hinder their success. Students attend 4 weeks of job readiness training at Union Settlement and then attend 4 weeks of intensive Home Health Aide Certification training at a partnering agency. 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.


Project Grow

Project Grow is an education and workforce development program that empowers young LGBTQ individuals by providing them the skills and resources to obtain work. Union Settlement offers intensive High School Equivalency Preparation and academic tutoring for Project Grow students, preparing them to take and pass the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). In collaboration with our partner agency Harlem United, we provide workshops that directly address challenges LGBTQ-identified individuals face when seeking employment and education. 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

2016 Winter Registration is on January 7th, 2016.

For those interested in enrolling in our High School Equivalency Preparation classes (English only), we will be conducting TABE Testing on the following dates and times.

You must RSVP in advance by calling 212-828-6016 or  212-828-6017. Please leave name, phone number and date and time of TABE test. Applicants must be 18 years old or older in order to apply or take TABE test.

Friday Jan 8th at 10am
Monday, Jan 11th at 6pm
Tuesday, Jan 12th, at 10am
Wednesday, Jan 13th at 6pm
Thursday, Jan 14th at 10am
Thursday, Jan 14th at 6pm