Adult Education Programs
NICE offers ELL classes at six different levels ranging from beginning literacy to high intermediate. We utilize the Ventures Series by Cambridge University Press as well as a wide range of materials used by teachers in the classrooms. Classes are offered during morning and evening hours. Students come from all walks of life with specific English proficiency skills and our curriculum focuses on addressing a wide variety of needs, including reading, writing, speaking, and life skills.
HiSET Preparation Classes
Students learn about Language Arts (reading and writing), Social Studies, Science, and Math from volunteer teachers. Many students in NICE’s pre-high school equivalency program are non-native speakers who face the challenge of language barriers and adapting to a different educational system. Classes are focused on increasing and improving students’ skills in order for them to be able to advance far enough to pass the HiSET exam.
To begin the process of becoming an active citizen in the US, NICE offers citizenship classes that teach civics, American history, English, and interviewing skills. After registration, students are placed into appropriate class groups and receive citizenship instruction twice a week. The program also consists of site-based and class-based civic participation activities and practice USCIS examinations. Classes receive tours of key governmental and civic history sites from guest speakers along with group and individual tutoring.
Once clients are found to be ready to start the process of naturalization, Immigration Specialists are available to guide them through the process with cost-effective services. Clients receive assistance with applications, documentation, and filling out appropriate forms to become eligible for naturalization. Participants also receive ongoing case management and naturalization interview preparation services that support them from intake until oath ceremony. After successful naturalization, clients have access to services that prepare them to pass the citizenship test and become engaged in the American civic process.