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College Preparatory Programs

  • College Preparatory Programs

    Pathways to Success

    Pathway to Success offers four distinct college preparatory program pathways leading to college success.  All programs are non-credit and tuition-free.

    The High School Equivalency Preparatory (HSE) Program (formally known as the GED program) assists eligible individuals in obtaining their New York State HSE diploma and prepare for the national TASC exam.

    The Pathways  English as a Second Language (ESL) Program helps to prepare incoming English Language Learners (ELL’s) for collegiate admission by offering courses to improve their English skills and college readiness. The program will assist both students that possess international high school diplomas and also those seeking their high school equivalency diploma necessary for admission to the college.

    The Pre-Collegiate and R.I.S.E. (Readying Incoming Students for Excellence) Programs prepare students to successfully complete the ACCUPLACER computer-based placement testing prior to their enrollment in ECC college classes. Both programs are available at the three ECC campuses and are designed to work around busy schedules.

  • The HSE Preparatory Program is offered through our partnerships and assists those lacking a high school diploma to obtain their high school equivalency diploma.

    Features are:

    • Available at all three campuses and various site partnership locations
    • Support from case managers, mentors, and instructors
    • Enrollment is ongoing and open throughout the year
    • Prepares you for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam in all five areas; reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics to achieve a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma
    • Assistance, upon obtaining your HSE diploma, in discovering the next “Pathway” to college

    Partnerships include:
    Buffalo Public Schools
    Maryvale School District 
    Kenmore-Tonawanda School District
    Orleans Niagara BOCES
    Journey’s End Refugee Services
    Catholic Charities

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Pathways Program offers the following benefits:

    • Available on-campus and various off-site partnership locations
    • Support from case managers, mentors and instructors
    • Enrollment is ongoing and open throughout the year
    • If needed, preparation for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam to obtain a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma
    • ESL Pre-Collegiate and ESL RISE courses to help ESL students improve reading and writing skills necessary for successful performance in college level courses
    •  Assistance in discovering the next “Pathway” in college

    Partnerships include:
    Buffalo Public Schools
    Kenmore-Tonawanda School District
    Maryvale School District 

    The Pre-Collegiate Program offers developmental courses in math and English skills, as well as ESL concepts to prepare students for college-level courses by offering the following workshops.

    • Pre-Collegiate Reading\Writing (60 instructional hours): This course is the first non-credit level for adult learners seeking developmental English skills in reading and writing.  This course provides adult learners with general study concepts and patterns to promote future educational experiences.
    • Pre-Collegiate Developmental Mathematics (60 instructional hours): Developmental Math is designed to assist adults and GED graduates with developmental math to give them the skills necessary to enter a college level class. This course provides adult learners with general study concepts and patterns to promote future educational experiences.
    • Pre-Collegiate ESL (360 instructional hours): This course is non-credit level for adult learners designed to improve ESL students’ reading and writing skills necessary for successful performance in college level courses. The goal of the ESL Reading and Writing Skills Workshop is to develop skills necessary for credited coursework, increase students’ ability to succeed in their major and in their chosen career field.  Students must be available between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm during the Fall/Spring for 15 weeks and during the Summer for 12 weeks.

    Features are:

    • Three session startups; late winter (January–February), fall (mid-September) and summer (June)
    • Math skills class covers introductory-level through college-level concepts
    • English skills class covers introductory-level through college-level reading and writing
    • ESL skills class covers English comprehension, appropriate vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, basic computer and essay writing.
    • Students may register for one or both of the reading/writing and math classes
    • Smaller classes that allow students to receive more personal attention
    • Best suited for the student who has not been in a formal educational setting in a few years
    • Recognizes that academic preparation supports college-ready coursework

    In addition to availability at all three campuses, off-site locations include:
    City Mission
    Niagara Falls City Court building

    The tuition free R.I.S.E. program (Readying Incoming Students for Excellence) is for the student who recently took the ACCUPLACER placement test and feels a refresher workshop would positively affect a retest score. Most workshops run four days with the  Accuplacer retest conveniently scheduled the same week. Students may register for one or more workshop based on a case manager's recommendation.

    Workshops are:

    • Reading and writing skills (15 hours)
    • ESL skills review paced workshop (20 hours)
    • Numeric skills review paced workshop (15 hours)
    • Algebra skills review paced workshop (15 hours)

    View the 2018 RISE Summer Schedule.

  • Need Help?

    Pathways to Success

    City Campus
    45 Oak Street, Room 110 and 138 (EAL)
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1109
    F: (716) 851-1015
    North Campus
    Gleasner Bldg, Room 156
    6205 Main St.
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    P: (716) 851-1423
    South Campus
    Building 4, Room 4204B
    4041 Southwestern Blvd.
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
    P: (716) 851-1691