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.  Did you know slide about HS statistic

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
    • 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.

 

  • 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 to enroll in a career training program at the same time they are preparing to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, 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 any program (except Fast Track Math). 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.

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.