Among the qualifications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is that the applicant must be currently enrolled in school, graduated from high school, received a GED, or registered for a GED course. Being registered for an English Language course required for admittance to a GED program “counts” for purposes of being “currently enrolled in school.” As potential DACA applicants seek to apply to the program many search for an affordable and convenient GED program. For those who seek to enroll in a GED program in the Suffolk County area, the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services and Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer flexible and affordable GED programs.
The Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer classes in Central Islip, Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead. Some of the basic information includes:
• The applicant must be 21 years old. If between the ages of 18-20 the applicant must get permission from his/her school district.
• Registration fee is $25.
• GED classes are offered Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm OR Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-9:30pm.
• For more information you may visit their website at: http://www.esboces.org/AE/literacy_program.aspx.
• To register make an appointment with the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services at (631) 234-7860.
The Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer classes in Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Huntington, Amityville, and Copiague. Some of the basic information includes:
• The applicant must be 21 years old. If you are between the ages of 18-20 the applicant must receive permission from his/her school district.
• The GED and ESL program are FREE
• Prior to registering the applicant must meet with the program’s counselor, who will test the applicants’ English, reading, writing and math skills. If unable to pass these exams the applicant has the option of enrolling in the ESL program.
• GED classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The specific time varies depending on the location. For a full listing of time and location visit the following website: http://www.wilsontech.org/adultgetyourdiploma.cfm.
• To register call the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperation Education Services at (631) 667-6000 Ext. 327.
CARECEN is offering free workshops to help you get ready to apply for DACA. Call CARECEN at 516-489-8330 (Nassau) or 631-273-8721 (Suffolk) to find out when the next workshop is.