You can get information about free educational classes for adults, including literacy and job preparation programs.

You can also learn about continuing education courses and programs at City University of New York (CUNY) colleges.

You can sign up for free day, evening, and Saturday courses to learn academic skills at an Adult Learning Center. You can also get job preparation and training. You must be over 21 years old to take the classes. 

Classes are held at Adult Learning Centers located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Students can take classes at any of the sites, regardless of which borough they live in.

Courses include:

  • Basic Education (BE)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Computer skills
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Health and technical career training
  • High school equivalency diploma (GED Test) and college preparation
  • Interviewing skills
  • Medical billing
  • Office technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Web design

You can get more detailed information about the courses offered, including how to register.

Learn more about adult education programs.

Find an Adult Learning Center. 

CUNY offers continuing education courses, certificate programs, lectures, and cultural events at 19 campuses across the five boroughs.


Visit the CUNY website.

Apply to Continuing and Professional Education.

The New York State Department of Labor has partnered with Coursera to provide unemployed New Yorkers access to nearly 4,000 programs.  These include courses in:

  • Data Science
  • Business
  • Technology

Many of these programs are pathways to certifications, professional certificates and can help elevate your career.

To request a no-cost account, send an email to In your email, include:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address for the Account
  • Phone Number 
  • County of Residence

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