This article is part of my series on how to get ready to apply for the DACA+ program if we get a favorable decision from the Supreme Court. Some undocumented immigrants think that if they are out of school and don’t have a high school diploma that they cannot apply for DACA+. This is not true.
Among the qualifications for the DACA+ program is that the applicant must be currently enrolled in school, graduated high school, received a High School Equivalency (GED or TASC) diploma, or registered for a high school equivalency course. Being registered for an English Language course required for admittance to a high school equivalency program “counts” for purposes of being “currently enrolled in school.” For those who seek to enroll in a high school equivalency program in Nassau County, the Nassau Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) offers a flexible and affordable TASC program. The basic information for enrollment includes the following:
· Must be 21 years old to register. If between the ages of 18-20 you must sign-up through: alc.adultednassau.org.
· Prior to enrollment the applicant must pass an English, reading, writing, and math test. If unable to pass these exams the applicant can enroll in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program, which creates a pathway to enrolling in the high school equivalency program.
· High school equivalency program and ESL courses are offered throughout Nassau County, including Levittown, Westbury, Valley Stream, Franklin Square, Uniondale, Mineola, Elmont, and Roslyn
· Courses are offered in the morning, afternoon, and at night. The time varies depending on the location.
· The main office of the Nassau Board of Cooperative Education Services is located at: 3100 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756.
· Please be aware that there may be a waiting list.
The Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer classes in Central Islip, Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead. Some of the basic information includes:
• 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:
• 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.
• To register call the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperation Education Services at (631) 667-6000 Ext. 327.