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The mission of the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program at Highbridge is to provide instruction in academic basics and individual support that allow our students to live their most successful lives. Our goal is for students to fulfill their potentials in the classroom with reading, writing and mathematics instruction, and in their personal lives with social services and career counseling. Our unique programs cater to the lives and schedules of each student and patron of our agency.

Adult Education at Highbridge traces its beginnings to Sr. Mary Doris, the first teacher in 1981, who began teaching math and English to a few students so that they could earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (GED). Since then, Adult Education has grown to a large and comprehensive program. During the Fall 2010 season, HCLC is offering over 30 non-tuition classes in 16 distinct courses. The courses offer 4 areas of study--Basic Education, Citizenship, English for Speakers of Other Languages and GED.

We offer:
- Reading, Writing and Mathematics Instruction for adults
- Preparation to take the General Education Development (GED) test
- Preparation for citizenship testing through a quality and effective Civics class
- English Literacy (English as a Second Language) instruction
The goals of Adult Education are:
Promoting Education and Life-Long Learning
Many students who come to Highbridge want to improve in education and in life. Some students who have not done well in traditional education have the opportunity to be successful at Highbridge.
We believe that when students learn, there is an exponential increase in the level of success of their personal lives and their communities.
Meeting the Needs of the Community
Adult Education began with the idea of one nun responding to the needs of a few students. Many of our students are working hard to develop sufficient language fluency in order to get work.
Adult Education provides classes to help these students learn English and get citizenship so that they can find work and support their families.
Broadening Educational and Employment Opportunities
Many adults come to further their education and acquire skills to move about in the world.
Our Adult Education department has a trained job development team to help students find jobs with secure benefits and opportunities for advancement.
  • 1438 Ogden Avenue
 phone: (646) 393-9533
Fatemah Mamdani

Highbridge has the pleasure of hosting a Health Literacy Fellow from the Office of Adult Education at Mayor Bloomberg's Office.  Fatemah Mamdani is a student at New Jersey medical School in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's system.  The goal of the Health Literahools in the hopes of teaching adults of low literacy how to understand basic medical priciples so that they can be self-sufficient.

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