We offer both academic and career training (vocational) programs. Courses in our academic programs are designed to improve reading, writing and math skills. They are also designed to prepare students for the official High School Equivalency (HSE) exam and prepare students for college. Academic programs include Literacy Development, Intro to HSE, HSE, ESOL and College Prep. Our vocational programs are designed to improve students’ employability by assisting them in acquiring and sharpening professional skills. These courses include Certified Microsoft Office®, Electronic Health Records, Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Security Officer Training and Civil Service Exam Prep.

Programs are offered at no-cost to qualifying New York State residents. There is a book deposit cost of $30.00 per semester. However, your $30.00 deposit will be refunded to you when your books are returned in good condition.

The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long and the summer session is 6 weeks. Our vocational programs vary in length of time. For example Electronics Health Records is 7 weeks long, while Security Officer Training is 3 days.

There are four general eligibility requirements for all prospective students who must be:

  1. 18 years of age or over
  2. New York State residents for a minimum of one year
  3. Must not have earned a college degree, with the exception of ESOL students
  4. They must meet New York State’s income guidelines

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We will accept a copy of IRS form 4506-T which has been filed by the student or family with the Internal Revenue Service; or, a copy of IRS letter 1722 indicating that the student (if independent) or parent did not file a return.

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Yes, we offer both day and evening classes during spring and fall semesters. Only day classes are offered in the summer. Security Officer Training is only offered during the day while others require attendance on Saturdays. Civil Service Exam Prep is only offered on Saturdays.

Your class schedule will depend on the program you are taking. You can discuss the details of your schedule with your academic advisor. In general, most academic and vocational classes are in session for three to four hours, two to three days per week.

Yes, we have full-time employment specialists on staff who will assist you with job placement. We also have a part-time internship coordinator to assist with five-week internship opportunities.

The programs we offer are at no-cost to students and we do not provide MetroCards.

We require certain math and reading levels for our programs. Students who don’t achieve sufficiently high scores can re-take the test in 60 days.

Students who complete the coursework and practice exams are given the opportunity to take the Certified Microsoft Office® certification exam at no-cost.

Yes, we are a CLEP exam site. If you are interested in taking a CLEP exam, please contact for more information.

Yes, we are a High School Equivalency (HSE) testing site. If you are not a current student and are interested in taking the official HSE exam, submit an application to the chief examiner. You will receive a test date in the mail. If you are a current student in either the Intro to HSE or HSE program, you will receive more information about taking the HSE test during your program.

HSE test applications and other resources can be accessed through the New York State HSE website ( or (

We can be easily reached by taking the 2, 3, A, B, C or D subway lines to the 125th Street station. Or by taking the M2, M3, M7, M10, M11, Bx. 15, M60, M100, M101, M102 bus lines to the intersection of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue or 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.

SUNY Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
163 West 125th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10027
(212) 961-3231

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 pm