Continuing Education



TESTING & PLACEMENT for ALL GE D STU DENTS: Registrants must take the Placement Test to determine their readiness for a GED course. Students will either be placed into a Pre-GED or GED level class based on the results of this test. You will receive notification of your class assignment. The Pre-GE D course prepares students with the basic skills needed to qualify for the GED course. The GE D course prepares adults to take the High School Equivalency Exam. Our highly qualified instructors will review and focus on the major subject areas of the test encompassing Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing and provide in-class training for test-taking and time management strategies.

Prerequisite for the GED course: Minimum score on the placement test. Students with below the minimum score will be placed into a Pre-GED section. To qualify to take the GED exam, students must be either at least 19 years of age OR 18 years of age and their high school class must have already graduated before the date the GED exam is taken. Please purchase the required textbook depending on your placement, available at the QCC Bookstore, and bring to first class meeting: • Pre-GE D Textbook: Pre-GED by McGraw-Hill • GED Textbook: Complete GED by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Publishers An Orientation Program will be held for registrants; schedule to be announced.



Designed to prepare English Language learners to take the GED course. Emphasis will be on the preparation for the Humanities component (History, Science, English Literature, Grammar, Writing) of the GED Test,with extra instruction on English language skills. Recommended to develop academic English language skills, if have HS diploma/GED. For language assistance in Spanish, French or Chinese, please call 718-281-5460

Beginning Level 1 & 2

Learn the basic English you need for speaking with friends, neighbors, and co-workers

Intermediate Level 1 & 2

This is a continuation of the Beginning class with more emphasis on vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension and conversation.

Advanced Level 1 & 2

Emphasis on vocabulary and grammar through reading, and writing.


This class will give advanced ESL students the opportunity to develop reading and writing skills necessary for college courses and careers. Topics will include: improving vocabulary, making inferences, and developing essays. Course will include both classroom (2 hours) and computer instruction (1 hour). Recommended: Registrants are advanced English learners, have strong listening and speaking skills, and are able to write a paragraph in English with few errors.


Expand on Level I. Prerequisite: BEX-104


Review grammar, idioms, vocabulary and reading . Language is learned and improved through conversation and role plays.


Expand on Level I. Prerequisite: BEX-100


Emphasis on vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, sentence structure, and conversation.




You read and write English well; your vocabulary and grammar are good, but people still have a hard time understanding you when you speak. Learn the sounds of English and certain stress and intonation patterns to change pronunciation. Designed for students with a good command of the English language who are at least at the Intermediate ESL Level. Please Purchase Required Text/Audio CD Package, Pronouncing American English, 3rd Edition, by Gertrude F. Orion, available at the QCC Bookstore.

English Skills

ABC Seminar Series for Non-native Speakers of English A for Academics, B for Business, C for Communication

The A's: Academic Skills

English for Academic & Professional Purposes

Designed with the adult “returning to college” in mind, this course gives advanced non-native speakers of English the opportunity to enrich their vocabulary and reading and writing skills necessary for college courses and careers. Topics: improving vocabulary, making inferences, summarizing, reading and writing various genres of non-fiction, essays and personal narratives. Each class begins with a discussion of topics, followed by reading and then time in the computer lab to develop students’ own work.

The B's: Business Skills

Business Communication

Learn how to make presentations, write e-mails, improve phone skills, and engage in negotiations in a business setting. Improve collaboration, writing, reading, conversation, and presentation skills. Topics include: marketing, finance, human resources, and job searching.

Business Law

Study and discuss basic business law concepts, including contracts, litigation, and bankruptcy.

Legal English & American Legal Culture

Study and discuss the basic concepts of American law and legal culture, including the legal thinking, jury system, immigration, and legal humor.

The C's: Communications Skills

Phone Communication

Learn vocabulary, phrases and etiquette in English for talking on the phone in a variety of situations, especially in business and professional settings. Practice greetings, ending a call, requesting information, taking a message, leaving a message/voicemails, etc. Understand how to use strategies and appropriate English to help with difficult calls, such as calls to a large government agency, a bank or an insurance company.

New Media Writing & Publishing

Improve your English by creating, writing for, and publishing an online magazine. Students will work together to develop themes and article ideas and will then create the content (i.e., conduct interviews, do research, and write and edit articles) for a real online publication that they publish themselves.

Driving Skills


Completion of this certified 6-hour course for eligibility of a 10% reduction in auto liability and collision insurance rates each year for 3 years, and a reduction of 4 points in penalties (if any) on their driver's license. BRING PHOTOCOPY OF DRIVER'S LICENSE TO CLASS.


The Basic Rider Course (BRC) was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) as a complete riding program for the beginner rider. The course consists of 7 hours of interactive classroom learning and at least 11 hours of hands-on riding instruction. The 2-1/2 day course provides basic riding skills to minimize risk. In the classroom, learn about the different types of motorcycles and how they operate, what to wear for comfort and protection, how to develop a riding strategy for dealing with traffic and road hazards, and the effect of alcohol and other drugs on your ability to ride safely. The BRC's riding exercises cover straight-line riding, shifting, braking, cornering and swerving techniques and motorcycle dynamics. Trama's Auto School Inc. provides motorcycles, helmets, eye protection and course materials. You need to provide your own riding gear: sturdy, low-heeled over-the-ankle footwear, jacket, long pants, full-fingered gloves, and, if necessary, raingear. Prerequisite: You must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Participants under the age of 18 will be required to have their parent or guardian's notarized signature on their MANYS application. The ability to ride a bicycle is a requirement for admission to the BRC.

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