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Adult Education

Programs providing educational services to immigrant and refugee adults and supporting their educational attainment.

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Adult ESL

Erie 1 BOCES

English classes for Adult English Language Learners.

Address

301 14th St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Din Verso

Eligibility

Adults

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Walk-in only

Bilingual Program/ESL Student Support Center

Erie Community College

Provides ESL courses and services for students, advisement, tutoring, summer institutes, and help with college procedures.

Address

121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Dr. Eleanor Paterson, Director
716-851-1049

Spanish Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Students who have passed the ESL placement test and have been admitted to ECC.

Cost

ECC College tuition, financial aid for eligible students.

Hours

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in 

Buffalo Community Parent Resource Center

Parent Network of WNY

Parent Network of WNY provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals, through resources, workshops and support groups, to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Address

1000 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact

Kim Lennert Walek

Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Western New York resident

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Buffalo Public Multilingual Parent Drop-in Center

Buffalo State Community Action Center

The monthly parent drop-in program provides refugee and immigrant parents with six translators to address school and family issues related to their children's education.  The Refugee School Impact Program through Journey's End Refugee Services will provide interpreters in the languages of Arabic, Karen, Burmese, Somali, Mai-Mai, Nepali, and Spanish to assist with any concerns/questions multilingual parents might have about their child's school.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointment only

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division

BPS Adult Education Division provides organized and sequential High School Equivalency Diploma classes, adult literacy, community education, and career and technical education programs that are relevant for all adult students. The Division ensures that adult education is accessible to students seeking alternative career pathways and lifelong learning opportunities.

Address

389 Virginia St.
Buffalo, NY  14201

Contact

Lester Leopold, Director of Adult and Continuing Education
(716) 888-7088 x119

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Adult WNY residents 17 years and older

Cost

Literacy classes are free.  Fees may apply to other courses and program.

Hours

By appointment or walk-in

Burmese Language and Culture Program

Buffalo State Community Action Center

Classes teach children ages 4-12 their native language and culture. The program supports students’ development of literacy skills in their home language, while strengthening ties to their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Citizenship Classes

Buffalo State Community Academic Center

Bilingual instruction to prepare recent immigrants and refugees to take the US naturalization test. The main goals of the class are to facilitate memorization of 100 Civics questions and answers and build understanding of key vocabulary relevant to the N-400 Biography form.

Address

214 Grant St. 
Buffalo, NY 14213  

Contact

Win Min Thant, Education Coordinator
(716) 878-3289

Burmese, Karen, and Nepali Bilingual Staff

Cost

Free

Hours

Friday
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (English/Karen/Burmese)

Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (no interpreter)
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (English/Nepali)

By appointment or walk-in

Cultural Competency Training and Global Education Programs

International Institute of Buffalo

Provides training on cultural competency and effective ways of working with the immigrant and refuge population. Also provides Global Education to students grades K-12, as well as health education sessions for refugees and immigrants.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

May Shogan, Director of International Exchnges and Education Programs

Arabic and French Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Contact for pricing

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
By appointment only 

English Literacy for Adults

Journey's End Refugee Services

Provides reading and writing preparation for students interested in improving English language skills with a focus on high education goals.

Address

2495 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Donna Pepero
(716) 783-5976

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Refugee students 21 years old and over

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

By appointment only 

Evening TASC Instruction

Journey's End Refugee Services

High school equivalency program. 

Address

Erie Community College City Campus
121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203 

Contact

Donna Pepero
(716) 783-5976

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Refugee students with at least intermediate level English language skills. Accepting students 21 years and above.

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
By appointment only 

Great Results Always Start with Parents (G.R.A.S.P.)

International School - P.S. 45 (Buffalo Public School)

Free ESL and citizenship classes for parents/relatives of children who attend any Buffalo Public School. Designed as a support service for adult refugees or immigrants who want to improve their ability to speak, listen, read, and write in English and/or to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.  

Address

International School- P.S. #45
15 Hoyt St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Nicole Nichter or Mary Priester, Buffalo Public Schools Teachers
(716) 816-3300

Eligibility

Adult refugees or immigrants who are parents/relatives of children who attend any Buffalo Public school 

Cost

Free

Hours

Tuesday - Thursday
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
By appiontment or walk-in 

MAC School

Journey's End Refugee Services

Alternative high school equivalency program serving refugee students 17-24 years of age.

Address

146 West Utica Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

Contact

Donna Pepero, Director of Education
(716) 783-5976

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Refugee students ages 17-24

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
By appointments only

Pathways Program

Erie Community College

Pathways offers free high school equivalency, ESL, and college preparation classes.

Address

45 Oak St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Justin Kiernan, Director
716-851-1109

Language Services Available

Eligibility

16 years old and over

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday 
8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
By appointment or walk-in 

Post Resettlement Services for Arabic Population

Iraqi American Society, Inc.

Iraqi American Society provides Arabic language classes, women's empowerment committee, social committee, and post resettlement services, including assistance filling out forms and reading mail.

Address

1005 Grand St.
Buffalo, NY 14207

Contact

Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Aavailable For Other Languages

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free except for Arabic classes

Hours

Monday and Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

By appointment or walk-in

Refugee Parent Support Program

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

The Refugee Parent Support Program uses Incredible Years program to strengthen interactions between parent and child, nurture parent-child relationships, reduce negative discipline, and foster parents' ability to promote their children's linguistic, academic, social, and emotional development.

Address

70 Barker St.
Buffalo, NY 14209 

Contact

Angela Spengler, Lead Parent Educator
(716) 883-1914 x332

Arabic Bilingual Staff

Language Support for Other Languages Available

Eligibility

Open to all parents

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

By appointment or walk-in

Refugee School Impact Program

Journey's End Refugee Services

RSIP is a transition and education support program for new and existing refugee students attending Buffalo Public Schools. Academic coaches provide academic, transitional, and social recreational services. Training classes are provided to parents to assist with school engagement.

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Donna Pepero, Director of Education
(716) 783-5976

Burmese, Karen, Nepali, and Somali Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Refugee students ages 5-21

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointments only

SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College is a public college specializing in the needs of adult learners. Classes are offered online and in-person on a schedule that accommodates working adults with family responsibilities.

Address

2875 Union Road, Suite 34
Cheektowaga, NY 14227 

Contact

Aimee Woznick, Director of Academic Support
(716) 686-7880

Eligibility

High school diploma or equivalent

Cost

SUNY tuition

Hours

Appointments available

The WASH Project

As a mixed use laundromat, WASH also functions as a neighborhood access point for arts, literacy, and critical human services including translation, citizenship, legal council, home finding, and job placement for our steadily growing Burmese refugee community.

Address

417 Massachusetts Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Zaw Win
(716) 544-1172

Burmese and Thai Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Walk-in only