High School Equivalency

What can earning a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma do for me?

Secure a higher paying job, get into college or start a new job training program.

The Center for Workforce Development offers free HSE classes for anyone over 21 years of age. Under 21? If you live in one of our participating school districts, you may still be eligible for free HSE programming.
Call us today to learn more: 585-349-9100

All it takes to get started is an HSE Literacy Orientation session, which includes assessments and an overview of our programs.
There is a non-refundable, one-time orientation fee of $25. This fee is waived for NYS Benefit Card holders.

What are my options?

  • Classroom Instruction. Traditional, in-person instruction is the approach students often find the most success with. Improve your skills in social studies, science, reading, math, and writing to pass the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The TASC is New York State’s new test to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Instruction is individualized to your needs. Classes are taught by certified instructors. Morning and Afternoon classes are 4 days a week; evening classes are 2 days a week.

    • Morning class: Monday – Thursday; 9am – 12pm (this class is currently on hold; tutoring is by appointment only)
    • Afternoon class: Monday – Thursday; 12pm – 3pm
    • Evening class: Monday & Wednesday OR Tuesday & Thursday: 5pm – 8pm


  • At-Home Learning.  These alternate pathways are designed for those motivated to earn their HSE, but unable to attend regular classroom sessions. Students should be able to commit to at least 6 hours per week of at-home study. Students learning at home also have access to tutoring support; see individual programs for details.  
    • SMART/GRASP are packet-based programs with curriculum designed for each student. Instructors send students a packet of work to complete every two weeks. Students are also eligible for up to 3 hours a week of tutoring from a certified instructor.
    • Fast Track Math is a NYS Distance Learning program specifically designed for those who need additional support on passing the TASC Math subtest. Instructors send students a packet of work to complete every two weeks. Students are also eligible for up to 6 hours a week of tutoring from a certified instructor. If you only need to pass the Math subtest to earn your diploma, you do not need to participate in the 2-day Literacy Orientation. Instead, contact us to discuss enrollment: Call us at 585-349-9100 or complete an information request form for more information.


  • TASC Workshops. In addition to any of our traditional or at-home learning options, we also offer stand alone workshops to prepare you for test day. Register for our workshops by calling 585-349-9100.
    • TASC Math Workshop is a FREE 6-hour course designed for students seeking to refresh their intermediate and advanced math skills prior to taking the TASC exam. It will incorporate math concepts necessary to pass the math subtest, as well as test-taking and calculator skills.
    • Computer-Based Testing Skills Workshop is a FREE 3-hour course designed for students who would like to practice and improve their computer-based testing skills to better prepare for the TASC. Learn test-taking strategies as well as the online tools needed to take a test on the computer. 


  • ACED Scholarship Program. Work towards your HSE Diploma and a new career at the same time! The Adult Career Education and Diploma Scholarship allows adult students enroll in an HSE program to enroll in a career training program at the same time, allowing them to be ready for a new career faster. With this innovative program, students prepare to enter the workplace with highly sought-after skills while at the same time acquiring the necessary reading, writing, and mathematical skills to be workplace-ready. Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. Learn more about ACED here.

How do I start?

Literacy Orientation is required before joining traditional classes or SMART/GRASP. It will include completing some required paperwork, as well as math and reading assessments. Program enrollment and instruction will be individualized based on the results of your assessment. To register for Fast Track Math or TASC Workshops, call us at 585-349-9100.

Click here to register for HSE Literacy Orientation

Call (585) 349-9100 or complete an information request form for more information.

For successful completion of a high school equivalency or other literacy program, students must adhere to the policies and procedures as outlined in the adult learner handbook.


Success Stories

BOCES 2 CWD Adult Student Receives Statewide Student of the Year Award

Patricia Douglas received the New York Association for Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year award in Albany. She is an adult student in the High School Equivalency (HSE) class at the Monroe 2-BOCES Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in Gates.

Her CWD teacher, Theresa Parsons, nominated Douglas for the award. In her nomination letter, Parsons wrote, “Patricia left High School in the tenth grade due to unfortunate life circumstances. After years away from education, Patricia summoned the courage to try attending school again. Douglas joined the HSE class one year ago at the Center for Workforce Development and has consistently achieved gains. She works diligently every day to meet her goal and achieve her High School Equivalency.”

“I returned to school because this has always been a goal to me. Even when I was told many years ago by a mentor that I could never do it,” said Douglas. “All the staff members at CWD have shown me that they have confidence in me, that I can do this.” Upon winning the award, Douglas said, “I finally feel like I was noticed in what I do to try to help others and also that I was not invisible. All I ever wanted to do was to help others in my lessons, to be positive, and remind others to not give up on their goals.”

At 65, Douglas owns a small and successful hat making business, Patty D Originals, and is a patent holder. “This diploma will opens doors for me,” she said.  “Maybe, I can go to college. It would be a good challenge for me.”


In addition to receiving the NYACCE Student of the Year Award. Douglas was honored before her HSE class in a ceremony by BOCES 2 CWD Director Tom Schulte (l-r); her current teachers Andrea Parker and Carolyn Yarton; Senator Joseph Robach; BOCES2 Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs Tim Dobbertin; and BOCES 2 District Superintendent JoAnne Antonacci. Senator Robach presented Douglas with a certificate. All agreed she is an inspiration to them and to her fellow HSE adult students.

Douglas continues to work on obtaining her HSE and hopes to graduate in 2020.