Adult Learning Center

The mission of the Hostos Adult Learning Center (ALC) is to provide the academic skills, job training and support services needed for adults and young adults to achieve more productive lives for themselves and their families.  For men and women who have not completed high school and/or are in need of building their English language skills, instruction at the ALC seeks to offer students an opportunity to build a strong academic foundation and supplies them with the tools to strengthen their basic educational skills while participating in interesting, fun and relevant learning experiences. We invite you to join the thousands of others who have enjoyed the supportive atmosphere and academic excellence that have made the ALC such a special place to learn.


  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation: Students must achieve a minimum score of 8.0 in reading and 7.0 in math on the placement exam.
  • Pre High School Equivalency: Students must achieve a minimum score of 6.0 in reading and 5.0. in math on the placement exam
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) preparation.  Students will be given a placement exam to determine the appropriate level.
The College Readiness Seminar 

A high school equivalency diploma (HSE) is the first step in preparing our students to enter college. After our students have attained their HSE, we realize that they must have the academic skills needed to be successful in college once admitted and be oriented to the college admission process and beyond.

Students who have attained their high school equivalency diploma (HSE) through the Adult Learning Center (ALC) are highly encouraged to enroll in ALC’s College Readiness Seminar.  The College Readiness Seminar gives students the academic skills needed to take and pass the CUNY Assessment test for Writing/Reading and Math.  We offer individual and group academic advisement workshops and seminars on various topics such as financial aid, career exploration, study skills, and key college services.


  • Literacy and Language Skills Assessment
  • Group contextualized instruction in English and                  Spanish
  • Individual and Group tutoring
  • Counseling and Student Support Services
  • Pre-College Seminar and Career Planning
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Bridge to College Transition Services


  • Must be 18 years of age and older to apply
  • Evening schedule ( possible day and weekend                    classes)
  • Classes meet 2 to 4 days per week
  • All classes are FREE

Sheryl Smith
Director of the Adult Learning Center
Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Hostos Community College, CUNY
560 Exterior Street,  Bronx, NY 10451
Ph: 718-664-2542  Fax: 718-518-6744