The Center offers on-site English language classes for speakers of other languages (ESOL), administered through Mohawk Valley Community College, with support for some classes provided by the New York State Office for New Americans. The goal 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 focuses on improving the English skills of its participants and also develops employment skills that will benefit students both professionally and socially. All non-native English-speaking Utica residents who are 18 and older can take the ESOL classes for free. 



Program Highlights

  • Shape Created with Sketch. Free classes for learners in New York State
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Monday-Friday 9:00am-2:30pm (with coverage until 4:00pm)
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Classes are offered on a rolling basis. You can join at any time following a placement assessment.

Key Contact Information

Classes are In-Person Only
(Virtual classes are no longer offered)


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  • After you register for the class, you will be required to take a placement assessment to determine which English class you will be in. You will be placed in an English class based on your language level.

  • No. All classes are free!

  • Yes! Any individual who is a non-native English speaker who needs assistance learning English can attend. This includes individuals from Puerto Rico.

  • The Center is a centralized hub where you can access all of the resources and services you need to start your life in Utica. We want to make it convenient for you to be successful and thrive! While you are taking English classes at The Center, you can work with your resettlement caseworker, visit an employment specialist to apply for a job, make an immigration appointment, have school or immigration documents translated, attend community education courses, get assistance with your driver’s license, and take advantage of many other services that are available to you.

  • Our program is designed specifically for speakers of other languages. At this time we do not offer a program for adults who need literacy assistance. The Literacy Coalition of Herkimer and Oneida Counties offers these programs, and you can email them at literacycoalitionhoc@gmail.com for assistance.

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