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Presenting the Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center’s Class of 2016

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Many of these adult students are now ready to enter the workforce after working to improve their English language skills with others receiving their New York State high school equivalency diploma by completing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam.

 

Early this summer, more than 200 students from across Long Island were recognized for their studies at the Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center (ALC) during an emotional ceremony held at the ALC in the St. Bernard’s School in Levittown.

Many of these adult students are now ready to enter the workforce after working to improve their English language skills with others receiving their New York State high school equivalency diploma by completing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam.

The Nassau BOCES ALC boasts a comprehensive curriculum and offers classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and High School Equivalency (HSE). All classes assist students to be prepared for college or career choices.

A group of students delivered inspirational and motivational speeches at this year’s ceremony, honoring their time at the ALC and offering words of advice for the future.

Miguel Bolanos of Uniondale, recipient of the Eagan Family Scholarship Award, explained that Nassau BOCES “has helped me to build a better future and to follow my dream of becoming a chef.” He thanked his teachers for “all of your hard work and dedication, for finding the best ways for each of us to learn, and for always giving us your best.”

“I appreciate everything that Nassau BOCES has done and continues to do for us everyday,” said graduate Thania Garcia of Hicksville. “Our teachers are dedicated to helping us improve our lives in many ways. You work so hard to do your best for all of us and we are grateful. I am extremely blessed to be a part of this school.”

When Susan Greco of Wantagh thinks of her time at Nassau BOCES, some of the words that come to mind are, “goals, discipline and winning.” Susan, who earned her High School Equivalency Diploma this year, reminded her fellow graduates that “learning is this great push-pull with a rewarding payoff – confidence. What comes next only you can decide,” she advised them. “But whatever your goal is, go get it, be fierce, and remember when you achieve it that you did it. Be proud!”

“I am very grateful to Nassau BOCES,” said Betty Rodriguez of Mineola, who is working toward her High School Equivalency Diploma. “It is an amazing organization that has opened doors for many people in this country. I have gotten so much support from everyone here, from my teachers to the secretaries. BOCES is my home.”

“Nassau BOCES has given me an amazing opportunity to improve my English,” said academic achievement award winner Noemy Flores Sudberg of Levittown. Noemy said that during her time at BOCES, “my speaking, writing and reading skills have gotten better. I feel more comfortable speaking in public, such as at my children’s parent-teacher conferences.” For this she credited “my wonderful and helpful teachers.”

Olga Ventura, also of Levittown and also an academic achievement award winner, is grateful for the opportunity to learn English. “I thank Nassau BOCES for opening this door for me,” she said. “Not everyone has this opportunity. I am grateful to my teachers for their dedication, patience and understanding. I am thankful for all they have taught us and for all the support they have given us.”