Episcopal Church of the Messiah has a free program for English language learners, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., in the parish hall, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Instruction in English, support, advocacy, legal education, and social events. They have been meeting virtually during the pandemic. For details, call 845-876-3533 or email Rhinebeck.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dutchess Community College (SUNY) offers 90 hours of English as a Second Language for $25 plus a textbook. Classes in Poughkeepsie, Amenia, Brewster, and Wappingers Falls. To schedule the required placement test, call Kimberly, 845-790-3590, or Margie, 845-431-8910. Fall 2020: with the pandemic ongoing, students may choose 100% online or a hybrid, 50% in-class and 50% online.
Dutchess BOCES has free English as a Second Language, literacy, and high school equivalence programs. Daytime classes in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie. Evenings, Poughkeepsie only. All backgrounds welcome. Individualized instruction and support. Registration takes about one hour; call 845-483-3640, ext. 6108, for appointment. Classroom work focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking skills.