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NewsTalk: Adult education programs

Rita Kenyon and Brenda Wolack from BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education sat down with Jason Powles to talk about adult literacy and continuing education.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 1:45 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2019 1:45 PM

Rita Kenyon and Brenda Wolack from BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education sat down with Jason Powles to talk about adult literacy and continuing education.

You can earn your high school equivalency diploma through various programs such as free preparation classes in Utica, Rome and Oneida.
b. We offer the National External Diploma program (NEDP) which allows the participant to work at home and meet weekly with their assessor to go over their work. This program focuses on Foundation Skills, Work Readiness Skills and Empowering Skills. It is perfect for adults with life and work experiences.
c. We offer a home preparation program for the high school equivalency exam, formally known as the GED, now known as the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion.)
d. A few things everyone should know who would like to obtain their high school equivalency diploma is that now passing Regents scores count as passing portions of the TASC exam as well as previously passed sections of the GED Exam. We can assist in obtaining these documents even from high schools that may have closed.
e. We offer TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) testing every month at various locations.

II. We offer English As A Second Language classes to assist new comers in learning and improving their English language skills. We also help prepare students to their U.S. Citizenship Test. Each student must answer 10 questions correctly on their Citizenship test that includes such questions as:

1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
a. 27
b. 23
c. 21
d. 10
The Constitution has 27 amendments. Amendments are changes to the Constitution. Congress added the first ten amendments in 1791. They are called the Bill of Rights. Since then, Congress and the states added more amendments. The Twenty-seventh Amendment was added in 1992.
2. There are 13 original colonies, name three.
a. New York, Kentucky, and Georgia
b. Washington, Oregon, and California
c. Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida
d. Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina
The 13 original states were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The 13 original states were the first 13 British colonies. British colonists traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe. They came to the East Coast of the United States. They founded colonies there. Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina are three of the 13 original states.

III. What is a Literacy Zone – Family Welcome Center?
a. Literacy Zones are provided in collaboration with community partners to serve the community in which they are located. The best thing about the Literacy Zone is that it is an information resource center providing referrals to community partners with an emphasis on employment skills and assistance with post-secondary transitions. We provide social support to clear the way for advanced learning and workforce participation for anyone in the community who needs it.
The Literacy Zones provide welcoming environments where the staff provide support, guidance and referrals to a host of services available to anyone in our communities regardless of age, income or circumstance. Education, while important, is only one piece of what we do at BOCES. Stop into one of our convenient Literacy Zone locations and see what we can do for you!
• Rome ACCESS Site
• Utica ACCESS Site
• Veteran's Outreach Center

IV. What is the cost of all these Literacy services?
a. There is no cost, these services are at no charge to the participant.

V. What other services do you offer?
a. Vocational programming through our partnership between Madison Oneida BOCES and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, we offer classes at both campuses and all of our ACCESS Sites. We have Business & Career, Coaching classes, Health Occupations, Cosmetology, Skilled Trades such as Auto Mechanics, Electrical, Welding, HVAC, Heavy Equipment and Carpentry.
b. These classes are tuition based but there is funding available in some cases, there are options for payment agreements.



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