Adult Learning

Welcome to The English Language Program Offered At The Refugee Center

The Adult Learning Center is a program coordinated through the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education and administered by Madison-Oneida BOCES. The Center is co-located with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, who collaborates closely with the BOCES program.  Free English classes are offered to all non-native English speaking adults in the Utica area. The mission is to enable adult learners to be literate, productive and successful in the workplace, home and community by delivering responsive adult education programs and services. This program has been available in various forms for more than 30 years.


English classes at the Adult Learning Center

  • Classes Monday – Friday 8:30am -3:00pm
  • Classes based on English level – from beginner to advanced
  • Adults must be 21 years or older to register
  • Program is free to students
  • To register call 315-738-1083 ext. 244 or 144


BOCES English and other literacy classes are also available at:

Utica ACCESS Site – 508 Second Street, Utica (315)738-7300

Rome ACCESS Site – 266 W. Dominick Street, Rome (315) 334-8000

  • Classes Monday – Friday
  • Daytime and Evening programs available
  • Students must be 18 or older to register
  • Program is free to students

For more information about the programs and services offered please call (315) 738-1083 ext. 244 or 144.

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