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Adult Education Basics

Refresh Your Language, Math, Reading, and Writing Skills
Adult Education Basics

Build Your Confidence

You have goals, and we want to help you reach them!

Let us provide the support and training you need to deepen your knowledge and gain new skills. Take the first step by exploring our Adult Education Basics program.

Whether you're a new state employee or a seasoned professional, you'll build confidence and gain practical skills for work and life.

Improve Your Skills

Get the support and training you need to refresh commonly used workplace skills. 

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Practice speaking, reading, writing, and listening in the English language.


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Practice key concepts and build skills to improve your ability to work with numbers.


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 Build your skills to become a more effective reader.

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Create, develop, and improve your writing skills.

Get Results


The percentage of past participants who reported their Adult Education Basics course participation was a factor in getting promoted.

Improved Skills

The percentage of past participants who increased their reading, math, and writing skills by at least one grade level. 

Six Weeks

 On average, participants increase by 1.5-grade levels in as little as six weeks.

Adult Education Basics Courses

Classroom or Online Training

Learn with us each fall and spring as part of our Skills for Success program. Course offerings and formats, including classroom location, vary each semester. 

On-Site Training

We can deliver training directly to your worksite upon labor-management request.

Spring 2024 Adult Education Basics Courses

Focus on Pronunciation: Level 2

Expand your pronunciation and verbal communication skills during this in-person course to be held in both the Albany and NYC regions.  

Getting Started with English for Speakers of Other Languages

Practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the English language during this in-person course to be held in Albany.  

Math Refresher 1 (Online)

Join us online for a six-week course on basic math topics such as whole numbers, fractions, algebraic expressions, and word problems.

How It Works

Our courses are free and open to CSEA-represented NYS employees. Other CSEA-represented employees may enroll as space permits. Follow these steps to get started. 

Number One

Talk to Your Supervisor

With your supervisor's approval, you'll get release time from work to attend the entire course without charging leave credits. 

Number Two


Once you find the course you'd like to attend, enter the relevant SLMS Class Code into the Statewide Learning Management System or our application form. Both methods require supervisory approval before you'll be officially enrolled in the course.  

Number Three

Start Learning

You'll attend classes online or in-person for a specific time period. After successfully completing the course, you'll earn a certificate of achievement. 

What to Expect

Strengthen your skills in a supportive community.

A Supportive Community

You’ll love our small class sizes and the support you receive from your instructor. 

A Positive Learning Experience

You’ll attend classes with people of all ages and skill levels. 

Personal Growth

Increase your self-esteem, motivation, and confidence.

Skills Assessment

Track your progress on the first and last day of class with a skills assessment.

What Past Participants Had to Say

I learned a lot and will continue to apply what I learned throughout life. 

Focus on Pronunciation: Level 2 Participant

The teachers are great. They made this a great experience. I'm glad I took this class.

—Enhance Your Skills - Reading, Writing, and Math Participant

Beyond Basics

Get Advice and Referrals from Our Advisors

You can get help paying for tuition to take related course offerings at your local BOCES, community college, or another provider. This may include English for Speakers of Other Languages, high school equivalency, or preparatory courses.

Sara LaFountain-Bagrow

Program Associate for Adult Education Basics and Curriculum Development Sara LaFountain-Bagrow

Phone (518) 473-0053