Contact Info

The following are a list of organizations that provide or are involved with ESOL services in the NY Capital Region:

Albany Public Library
161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY
(518) 427-4300

The Albany Public Library offers free public space for use by ESOL classes, as well as a number of other community services, such as Income Tax Assistance.

Capital Region BOCES
1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 862-4707
Kim Brizzell, Adult Ed Principal

Capital Region BOCES coordinates a number of ESOL classes in multiple locations, as well as offers career and technical education, job skills workshops and trainings, GED programming, and a variety of annual courses for adults.

English on the Go

 English on the Go offers individualized English language tutoring; reading, writing, and speaking skills courses, such as English for Health Professions and American English Pronunciation; employee training; and professional development.

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Hudson Valley Community College
145 Congress Street, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 273-1900

 The EOC provides "tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to economically disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents 16 years and older," including but not limited to three levels of ESL classes, adult continuing education and vocational programs, and a GED diploma program.

Literacy New York,                  Greater Capital Region (LNY)
1450 Western Ave. Suite 101, Albany, NY 12203
(518) 452-3381

Literacy New York provides free and confidential instruction by trained staff and volunteers, including basic literacy instruction in reading, writing and math; ELL (English Language Learning) tutoring and conversation groups; and preparation for the GED and citizenship exams. 

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC)
1915 Fifth Ave., Troy, NY 12180
(518) 274-8526

"Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County is a nonprofit educational organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide free, confidential tutoring to adults, out-of-school teens, children and families, living in the eastern New York Capital District region, in reading, writing, and conversational English in order to help these learners achieve their personal, social, educational and job-related goals." 

Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE)
Emmaus United Methodist Church
715 Morris St., Albany, NY 12208
(518) 482-0486 refugeeministry/archives2011/index.cfm?i=37969

 Founded in 2007 by members of the United Methodist Church in Albany, RISSE provides a number of services including a daily after-school program, a summer immersion program for children, and a variety of adult programs -- including ESL classes -- to provide long-term support and assistance in achieving self-sufficiency.

 SUNY Intensive English Language Program (IELP) 
University at Albany, State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue - Science Library G14, Albany, NY 12222
(518) 437-5040

"The Intensive English Language Program is a multi-level, personalized program designed to improve the skills of those for whom English is a second language. It is intended especially for serious students who plan to seek admission to an American college or university or who wish to improve their English for business, personal or professional reasons."

University at Albany, State University of New York
(518) 442-5010

The TESOL program offers English language classes, taught by experienced graduate students in the TESOL program, Department of Educational Theory and Practice.

 U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany, NY 12204
(518) 458-1790

As one of eleven voluntary organizations nationwide, USCRI provides refugee resettlement services through federal funding from the Office for Refugee Resettlement. The Albany field office focuses on meeting the immediate basic needs of new arrivals, assisting refugees in obtaining early employment and achieving self-sufficiency, and supporting community integration.

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC)
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

(518) 629-4822


Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College is
sponsored by Rensselaer County and is part of the
State University of New York system.
The college offers over 70 degree and certificate programs through four academic schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Health Sciences.

 Schenectady County Community College (SCCC)
78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 381-1200

Established in 1967, Schenectady County Community College is a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college emphasizes high quality academic programs, broad access for students, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. SCCC offers a wide range of transfer degree, career degree and certificate programs. The college has committed, accessible teaching faculty and an attractive campus, located in Schenectady along the Mohawk River -- in the heart of New York State Capital District.

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