Adult Education Basics Frequently Asked Questions


Learn to Read and Write

Who should I contact to get assistance for an employee who needs to learn to read and write?

Math and Writing Skills

How can a Partnership course be brought to our worksite?

What courses are offered under the Partnership's Adult Education Basics program?

Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Preparation (formerly the GED)

If an employee has a high school diploma from his/her native country, does he/she need to take an exam to get an equivalent to a USA high school diploma?

English Language Improvement

How can employees improve their English language skills so they can perform better at work?

What can a supervisor or manager do for employees who need to improve their language skills in order to perform better at work?

Does the Partnership offer courses for the children of CSEA-represented NYS employees?


Learn to Read and Write

Who should I contact to get assistance for an employee who needs to learn to read and write?

Call (800) 253-4332 or (518) 486-7814 and ask to speak with a Partnership advisor to be referred to a current Adult Education Basics course or your local adult literacy center. You can also email an advisor at advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

Math and Writing Skills

How can a Partnership course be brought to our worksite?

The Partnership can deliver an Adult Education Basics course to any worksite. NYS managers and CSEA leaders need to submit a joint worksite training request; the course including books and materials will be delivered at no cost to your agency.
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What courses are offered under the Partnership's Adult Education Basics program?

The Partnership offers English for Speakers of Other Languages; Essentials of Writing; Enhance Your Skills: Reading, Writing and Math Basics; Fundamental Math Skills; Reading Comprehension; and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Preparation.

Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Preparation (formerly the GED)

If an employee has a high school diploma from his/her native country, does he/she need to take an exam to get an equivalent to a USA high school diploma?

Yes. The employee must show that their reading, writing, and math skills are at a ninth grade level and above by taking an assessment. Please call a Partnership advisor at (518) 486-7814 or (800) 253-4332 or email advisors@nyscseapartnership.org for a referral for a conveniently located Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) course.

English Language Improvement

How can employees improve their English language skills so they can perform better at work?

The Partnership can help CSEA-represented NYS employees by providing a tuition voucher for the school of an employee's choice. The Partnership can also deliver an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or Focus on Pronunciation course at their worksite. NYS managers and CSEA leaders would need to submit a joint worksite training request for an Adult Education Basics course to be brought to the worksite at no cost to the agency.
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What can a supervisor or manager do for employees who need to improve their language skills in order to perform better at work?

NYS managers and CSEA leaders can submit a joint worksite training request for an Adult Education Basics course to be brought to the worksite at no cost to the agency. The Partnership currently offers of English for Speakers or Other Languages (ESOL) and/or Focus on Pronunciation courses.

Does the Partnership offer courses for the children of CSEA-represented NYS employees?

No. Partnership programs and services are for the exclusive benefit of CSEA-represented NYS employees.

Updated: October 31, 2017