BOCES offers equivalency diploma classes

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services will hold a summer boot camp for adults who are nearly ready to take the high school equivalency exam.

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is a way for adults to earn their high school equivalency diploma in New York state. This class targets learners who have well-developed reading, writing and math skills, according to a new release. 

Classes will meet two days each week; additional, independent study will be required outside the classroom. Morning and evening classes are available. They will be offered at the Amsterdam and Gloversville Literacy Zones. Students should have and be willing to improve computer literacy skills, according to the release. 

Screening and orientation events will be held the week of June 19 to provide information to interested students and to evaluate their academic skills. Screening and orientation is a two-day event. Potential students must attend both days of the sessions, arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the full three hours each day.

The Amsterdam Literacy Zone, located within the United Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Amsterdam, will hold two screening sessions. The morning session will be on June 19 and 20 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon both days. The evening sessions will be held June 19 and 21 beginning at 5:30 and ending at 8:30 p.m. Attendees should park in the lot on the upper level and use the entrance available on the second level. 

The Gloversville Literacy Zone, at 43-47 N. Main St., Gloversville, will hold screenings June 19 and 20 beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. The evening sessions will be held June 19 and 21 beginning at 5:30 and ending at 8:30 p.m.  For more information, call (518) 736-4340.

During orientation, students will learn about the program, complete registration paperwork and participate in reading, writing and math assessments. Students must bring something to write with, a notebook and both an original of a picture ID with birth date and a photocopy of that ID. 

Students must read, write and compute at a ninth-grade level in order to be enrolled in the TASC Boot Camp. The assessment of skills will be done using the Test of Adult Basic Education. Those who do not qualify for the boot camp class will be enrolled in a skill development class. Skill development classes will help adult learners improve reading, writing and math skills to develop skills needed to enter a test preparation program.

Students must be able to read, write and compute at the fifth-grade level or higher.