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)
Spanish Basic Education (BE) and Spanish High School Equivalency (HSE)
Home Health Aide-Job Readiness Program
Project Grow
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Young Immigrant Literacy Program (YILP)
Información en Español

Adult Education Director Melissa Nieves is a 2013 Literacy Recognition Award Recipient. The Literacy Assistance Center established the award to recognize the vital work of literacy educators.

Our innovative Home Health Aide Training helps students begin careers in health care.

Did you know that through our partnership with the 92nd Street Y Jamaica Kincaid and other world famous authors discuss their work and careers with our students?

Did you know that last year we assisted 400 students through classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages, basic literacy, GED prep in English and Spanish, citizenship, and computer skills?

Our new Saturday and Evening Academy helps immigrants attain the language and academic skills they need. 


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.

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

We are one of the few programs in the city that also offers Basic Education and High School Equivalency for native speakers of Spanish. These classes are designed for Spanish-speaking immigrants who did not have the chance to finish their education in their native countries and would like to acquire their HSE diploma in the United States. The classes are preparing students for the Spanish version of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (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.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Young Immigrant Literacy Program (YILP)

Union Settlement is presently part of an initiative through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development to assist undocumented young adults ages 16-30 years old. Our program provides orientation, basic education classes in English or Spanish, and referrals for free legal screening to be identified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA eligible young adults can qualify for a work permit and social security number for a period of two years, which can be renewed. We also assist students through the DACA renewal process.

How to Register

To register or learn more about the services we offer call: (212) 828-6016
Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Director of Adult Education

Melissa Nieves
(212) 828-6298