Schools and Programs
Adult learners in Long Island, NY, can train for a career, enhance personal skills or prepare to earn a GED. Dozens of programs are available through several schools located throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, which make up Long Island. Many of these programs prepare adults to pursue professional certification or the license they need to become employed in their chosen fields. Program duration varies, with some consisting of only one or two courses and others lasting for several weeks or more. Some programs are devoted solely to senior citizens.
The table below details basic facts about two Long Island institutions providing adult education classes and programs:
Schools At a Glance
|School Name||Location||Class Format||Program Levels|
|Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services||Brentwood, NY||On-campus, online||Less than 1-year|
|Long Island University School of Professional and Continuing Studies||Brooklyn, NY||On-campus, online||Certificates, less than 1-year|
Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services' (BOCES) Adult Education Programs
Eastern Suffolk BOCES combines the resources of 51 Long Island school districts to offer adult education classes. Classes available include adult basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and professional career development programs.
Adult Basic Education Program
Both adult basic education (ABE) and adult secondary education (ASE) classes are offered to students who need to improve their reading, writing, math, science and social studies skills. Classes also cover consumer education, citizenship and basic job skills.
English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
Self-paced ESOL classes are available to adult students to help them improve their English speaking, reading, comprehension and writing skills. Citizenship is also covered.
Home Inspector Program
Students progress through a series of five modules to prepare to meet the requirements of the New York State Home Inspection licensing law and the New York State Home Inspector certification exam. In the final module, students participate in field experience.
EKG Technician Course
This course trains aspiring EKG technicians in the skills and techniques necessary for entry-level employment and to become certified. Students take courses, such as anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical issues of patient care, medical terminology and electrocardiograph techniques.
Students can take courses in business office technologies, such as QuickBooks. Also available is a notary public workshop, which prepares individuals for New York State (NYS) certification in this field.
Long Island University's Adult Education Programs
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Long Island University offers adult programs for those interested in upgrading their existing skills and preparing for new careers. Programs are offered at several campuses throughout the region. Additionally, the school's Center for Creative Retirement provides senior adult education services, such as study groups, discussions and group trips to cultural centers in New York.
English Language Program
The English Language Institute provides programs for non-English speakers who wish to improve their English language skills for professional purposes. Programs are offered in semi-intensive, intensive and specific English skills.
Center for Creative Retirement Programs
Older adults can partake in seminars, field trips and study groups through the Center for Creative Retirement. Topics of exploration include American history and the Supreme Court. Lectures by guest speakers are also offered, and retirees can participate in summer get-togethers at member residences.
Real Estate Courses
The school provides online real estate classes in partnership with Career Webschool. Students can take New York real estate prelicensure classes, real estate continuing education and appraisal continuing education courses.
The Language and Creative Arts division offers a ceramics class for students at all levels. Students learn in a studio setting and receive instruction in plaster mold making, porcelain slip casting, glazing and firing.