Women interested in attending classes, which are held Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., will have to go to the center — located at 87-04 88th Ave. — on Monday, Sept. 8 or Tuesday, Sept. 9. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to register.
There is a $30 registration fee, and classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 11. Students can then take the high school equivalency test when they feel they are ready.
Sister Cathy Stare, program coordinator at SSNDEC, said that the program opens doors for the women both to continue their education and to get better jobs.
“Job opportunities expand significantly when women receive their diplomas,” Sister Stare said. “Women who come here look to go on to college, get better jobs and give their children better lives. That diploma helps them do all of that.”
A recent graduate, Lisette Torres, scored well on her exams and is now continuing her studies at York College with a goal of becoming a registered nurse.
“I learned more here than I could have imagined,” Torres said of her time at the center. “I owe it all to the Sisters. That little piece of paper was holding me back, but now that I’ve got it I am pursuing my dream.”
The center is located off of the J train and a number of buses on Jamaica Ave. and Woodhaven Blvd. Interested students can contact the center by phone (718-738-0588) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.