Free literacy classes available through BOCES

Adults who are seeking to improve their literacy skills have an opportunity to do so, courtesy of a free series of classes offered through Oswego County BOCES.

The free literacy classes provide valuable skills for adults who are looking to earn a High School Equivalency diploma, and openings are still available in Mexico and Pulaski.

In Mexico, the course takes place from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at BOCES, 179 County Route 64.

The Pulaski class runs from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Junior/Senior High School, 46245 Salina St.

Other courses, with limited openings, are held in Central Square and Oswego, with a distance learning option available as well.

To participate in the distance learning class, students must be at least 21 years old, have a reading level of sixth grade or above and be able to work well independently.

Students should have a private, quiet place in the home where they can work without distraction.

The course is designed to teach students essential skills to prepare them for the new HSE exam, which went into effect Jan. 1 when New York State replaced the GED with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.

Students who took the GED exam between 2002 and 2013 and received passing subtest scores, but did not pass all five sections of the exam will be able to keep the passing scores and just work on the areas that need improvement through Dec. 31, 2015.

In addition to the general literacy courses, BOCES also provides an English reading, writing and speaking class for speakers of other languages.

Students age 16 and older, of all levels of English proficiency, are welcome to attend the course.

Classes are held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Oswego Public Library Community Room.

For more information or to enroll in the classes, call 963-4256.