Make a difference in someone's life
by Ed Wendell
Aug 23, 2017 | 1776 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today you have the opportunity to help change someone’s life, and it won’t cost you a penny. All you need to do is tell someone you know about the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women right here in Woodhaven.

Perhaps you know a woman who never got the opportunity to finish high school. That diploma can often be the key to a better future, and can open the door to better job opportunities or a promotion in a current job. Or maybe a high school diploma can even be the first step in going to college.

This week, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will begin holding open registration for their tuition-free high school equivalency diploma classes for the 2017-18 school year.

To register, come to the center at 87-04 88th Avenue across from St. Thomas the Apostle Church on September 6, 7 or 8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center offers high school equivalency diploma classes to women who are 19 years of age or older; committed to working toward their high school equivalency diploma; and can attend classes from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

They should also have sufficient background and reading and writing skills in English to work on the high school equivalency curriculum.

And if you know someone whose English skills need some work, or perhaps they cannot speak the language at all, the School Sisters also offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. And again, the classes are tuition free.

But to register for the ESL classes you must first go for a placement exam on Monday, August 28, at 10 a.m.

What a difference you could make in the life of the person you share this information with. And not only will it make a difference in the life of that person, but the impact will be felt by their children and the entire family.

Changing the lives of women and their families was exactly what SSNDEC executive director Sister Catherine Feeney had in mind when she and her fellow sisters opened the educational center back in 2003 in Ozone Park.

In those early days, the center had just over a dozen students and it was strictly a GED high school equivalency program.

In short order, they also saw a need for an ESL class so that they could better serve a larger segment of the community. The classes were so popular they soon needed to find a larger space, and that’s what brought them here to Woodhaven, taking up residence in the former convent that was the home to the nuns that taught in St. Thomas the Apostle.

After the move to Woodhaven, the School Sisters had the room to expand. And with convenient access to transportation in the J train and several bus lines, they were able to greatly increase the number of women they could help.

Well over 1,000 women have been helped by the School Sisters in the years since they opened their doors. And as a byproduct of these classes, their children and entire families are helped. As a result, this can only help improve our neighborhood.

So please take a moment to think about the women you know whose lives could be improved by some additional education, whether it be towards a high school diploma or just some extra help with their English. Let them know about this marvelous opportunity right here in Woodhaven.

Today is the day you can make a difference in someone’s life just by passing along an idea. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

If anyone has any questions, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven can be reached by phone at (718) 738-0588 or by email at
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