What is the TASC?
The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) replaced the 2002 GED® Test as of January 2014 as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.
Does BEOC offer the TASC?
BEOC is a New York State official test site. For more information, see Community Service – Testing.
Is it possible to take the TASC without taking classes?
It is possible to take the TASC test without taking classes; however, to improve your chances of passing, we strongly encourage you to participate in a HSE preparation program before testing. Students who prepare get better results.
PROGRAMS and SCHEDULES
What programs do you offer?
We offer academic and career training programs. You can enroll in short or long term programs, depending on your goals, and your education and work history.
Can I take more than one program at a time?
You can only enroll in one program at a time, but students enrolled in ESL or High School Equivalency may continue into other programs.
Do you offer college credits?
All of BEOC’s programs are non-credit certificate only.
Are your programs approved by HRA or the Department of Labor, for unemployment?
Yes, our programs are approved.
When do classes start?
Most classes begin in late August or early February; however, College Prep and some short programs have several starts throughout the year. You can apply any time and will be processed for the next start date. Applicants who are accepted early can participate in JumpStart, Computer Boot Camp or other certification programs in the ATTAIN lab.
Do you have weekend classes?
Classes are held Monday to Friday during the day, and Monday to Thursday at night.
Can I take classes in both day and evening?
Students should enroll in day OR evening classes, but students with particular scheduling needs should speak to a student advisor.
Do you offer any online classes?
BEOC does not have online classes at this time, but keep checking!
Do you offer computer classes?
All of our programs are computer aided; you will get help in basic computer literacy, as well as more advanced coursework depending on your program.
How much do classes cost?
Students do not pay tuition. BEOC is funded by New York State.
Do you provide carfare/MetroCards?
No, BEOC does not provide daily carfare. Some students may receive MetroCard incentives for excellent attendance or for providing job verifications.
What do I have to pay for?
All students pay a refundable book deposit and provide their own basic supplies, like notebooks, etc. College Prep students can buy their books.
BECOMING A STUDENT/ELIGIBILITY
How do I apply for classes?
See how to apply. Follow instructions on attending an enrollment session to learn more about our programs and services.
What do I have to do to qualify?
BEOC enrolls students who are low to moderate income and who meet eligibility requirements. See requirements here.
Can I enroll if I am on probation or parole?
All are welcome to study at BEOC. However, for some career programs, it may be difficult to secure employment if one has been convicted. BEOC works with community organizations to assist students with adverse conditions.
Why do I have to take a placement test?
BEOC is required by its funders to test all prospective students. All applicants are tested on the Test of Adult Basic Education in reading, writing and math.
Why do I have to provide documents to prove my eligibility for classes?
BEOC is required by its funders to enroll only students who meet its eligibility requirements.
Can I enroll if I already have a degree?
No. BEOC can only accept degreed students for ESL programs. Students in other programs must have less than one year in college.
Do you help with job placement?
Career Advisors and job developers assist students to gain employment. Students must actively engage in job search activities to improve their placement possibilities.
What are your placement rates?
See BEOC Quick Facts
Are internships required? Are they paid?
Graduates in some career programs need work experience, which can be enhanced by internships. Most internships are unpaid. Some internships provide carfare.
Can I bring my child to class?
Children are not permitted at BEOC. Children are only permitted when they are attending a specific activity that has been approved for children, and only for the duration of that activity.
How long do classes last?
All classes are of different lengths. See program descriptions.
If I have a learning or other disability, can I attend?
BEOC does not discriminate in enrolling students; all are welcome. Students who need accommodations or academic adjustments should speak to a student advisor. The staff of the Advisement Center coordinates services to students with disabilities. Students who identify as having learning, physical or other documented disabilities receive classroom support, testing accommodations and referral to other agencies.
Do you have tutoring or other help?
BEOC has individual and group tutoring, open labs and other academic supports in the Learning Resources Center and the ATTAIN Lab. Instructors also assist students during their office hours.
Do you have advisors and counselors?
BEOC has academic and career advisors who assist all students with developing life skills and setting goals, as well as discussing educational and career options.
I have been out of school for a long time. Will I fit in?
BEOC’s student population is diverse; we have experience in working with students who may not feel ready, or who may be anxious about returning to school. We focus on creating a welcoming, supportive learning environment that aids student success.