Adult native-English-speakers and immigrants who want to pursue their basic education and language learning could contact the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education (MOAE), which merged with the Office of Workforce Development (WKDEV). Immigrants could also contact the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) for related resources and information.
The mayoral offices might be particularly helpful if adult literacy programs have limited resources or do not provide case management counselors to their adult students. Moreover, adults who are seeking information about English language learning or workforce training would also find these offices helpful.
There are many free classes in adult basic education, English for speakers of other languages, math, and high school equivalency exam preparation about which adults could get information. They need only visit the WKDEV website or call 311. “MOAE was established to create better outcomes for the city’s adult education system. It coordinates strategy, promotes best practices, and connects participating agencies to the Administration’s education, community development, and social policy priorities.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio created WKDEV this year, and it has partnerships with over 12 city agencies, businesses, and education and training providers. Among other things, WKDEV matches workforce with economic development throughout the city, “ensuring businesses’ needs are met” and “effectively connecting those New Yorkers seeking workforce services to quality jobs with opportunities for advancement.”
Nisha Agarwal is the city’s current Commissioner of MOIA and “a leading voice in immigration reform at the local and national level.” Adult immigrants should contact Agarwal’s office if they want or need information about programs that offer English for speakers of other languages or citizenship applications and services. Individuals could speak with staff in their native language about accessing the services of community-based organizations that address their needs.