Most high school dropouts quickly realize the disadvantage of not having a high school diploma. Many wish to obtain a General Education Development diploma but feel they can't afford the fees associated with GED prep courses. A number of cities throughout the country offer free GED prep courses. There are several community colleges and government-funded organizations in the Bronx that offer free GED classes to low-income residents.
The Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
The Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers free GED prep classes. Students most prove eligibility in the areas of literacy and income. EOC serves an average of 1000 English and Spanish-speaking students annually. The tuition-free program is funded by the state legislature, and managed by the State University of New York.
Future Now Program at Bronx Community College
Future Now at Bronx Community College (BCC) offers free GED preparation classes to students ages 17-21. The NYC Department of Education's GED Plus Program runs the program. Once a student receives his GED, he becomes eligible to enroll in BCC college courses and to receive continued support, including peer monitoring, career counseling, internships and individual tutoring.
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. SOBRO
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. provides free GED prep courses to South Bronx community residents. At the time of registration, individuals must provide: proof of address; proof of income; birth certificate; social security card; and photo ID. SOBRO receives major funding from local, city, state, and federal government sources. Additional funding derives from private support, commercial rent, management and development fees, and fundraiser events.
The Bronx Learning Center
The Bronx Learning Center makes GED test preparation available to adults free-of-charge. English and Spanish speaking individuals must be over 21 years of age to take advantage of these classes. Day, evening and Saturday classes are available. Classes run from September to January and again from February to June.
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