2019-2020 Literacy Offerings

3 Easy Steps to Success at Dutchess BOCES Adult Learning Literacy Classes:

Complete our HSE/Career Intake Orientation Assessment
Meet with our Staff to determine your classes listed below
Attend regularly to meet your literacy or occupational goals


High School Equivalency/Career Training Intake Assessment

Prior to registering for a 100+ hour career training program, students must take a math and reading entrance assessment offered at any of the times and locations listed below.

Assessment Schedule and Locations:

  • Adult Learning Institute, One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Poughkeepsie  *

    • Mondays at 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at ALI
      (Every Monday morning of each week)
    • *No prior appointment needed
  • Community Action Partnership Beacon, 10 Eliza Street, Beacon  **

    • 1st Monday of each month at 5:45 p.m.
    • ** MUST Call ALI office to make an appointment 845-483-3640 Ext. 6108 for information on all programs above.


High School Equivalency Class Offerings
CLICK HERE for a copy of our High School Equivalency class times and latest schedule

Locations & Times:

Adult Learning Institute (ALI)
One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300 Poughkeepsie                    


  • Tues. & Wed. & Thursday; 9 a.m. - 12 noon , Room 115 w/ J. Schanzenbach
  • Tuesday & Thursday; 12:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Room 115 w/ J. Schanzenbach
  • Tuesday & Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Room 119 w/ S. Corwin
  Dutchess One Stop
191 Main Street, Poughkeepsie 


  • Call for more information - 845 483-3640
  Adult Learning Institute (ALI)
One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300 Poughkeepsie
  • Tues, Wed, Thurs; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.,  Room 115 w/ C. Brown

Community Action Partnership,

10 Eliza Street, Beacon


  • Mon. & Wed; 6-9 pm Front Lobby w/ J. Dragonetti

Blodgett Memorial Library

37 Broad Street, Fishkill/Beacon



  • Mon. Wed. & Friday; 9-12 noon Classroom w/ R. Phillips
Poughkeepsie Galleria

Poughkeepsie Galleria

South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

(Community Room)


  • Mon, Tues & Wed evenings - 5:30 - 8:30pm

GRASP/Home Study

Must meet eligibility requirements to particpate






Additional Information:

  • All students must attend a two to three-hour assessment* prior to placement!
  • Convenient locations; day & evening schedules
  • It is necessary to take a free placement test before enrolling in HSE classes and all Home Study Programs.
  • For other possible upcoming Poughkeepsie & Beacon classes, please call our office.

Call For Details:

 845.483.3640 Ext. 6108 

Free English Classes - English for Beginner & Intermediate ESL Learners

The English as a Second Language Program is for adults and is taught twice weekly for three (3) hours. Call for Registration Appointment for Day Classes.

 Daytime Classes Available at:

  • 1. ALI ESL Learning Center - One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Poughkeepsie
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
  • 2. ALI ESL Learning Center - One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Poughkeepsie
    • Tues. & Thurs.; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 NOON
  • 3. Fishkill, ESL Blodgett Memorial Library;, 37 Broad Street, Fishkill
    • ​Tues & Thurs; 10 a.m. - 1 p. m.


Evening Classes Available at:

  • 1. ALI ESL Learning Center - One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Poughkeepsie
    • Tuesday & Thursday; 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (currently unavailable - call for more info)

Our Goals are to Provide:

  • A welcoming environment for English language learners of all language and cultural backgrounds
  • Individualized instructional support to promote swift English language and literacy development
  • Opportunities to be civically and bilingually successful in the local community.

Facts You Should Know:

  • Registration takes approximately one hour
  • Classroom instruction focuses on vocabulary development, listening comprehension and speaking skills
  • Three levels of classes offer beginning to High Intermediate along with other Literacy/HSE programs available
  • Open enrollment classes provide convenient times & locations for you to find the class right for your schedule!




  • Would you like to earn your HSE but don’t have the time to attend a class?
  • Is it too hard to get childcare?
  • Is transportation a problem?

FREE Tutoring available!


  • Must be 21 years of age or older and demonstrate a 9th grade reading level.
  • Study packets are prepared by an Instructor and available for pick-up at a local library on a two-week schedule.
  • Contact with the Instructor can be by phone, mail or in person.

All Home Study Students are required to attend both Pre & Post Testing Sessions during the year!

For Registration and Assessment, Call:

845.483.3640 x6108