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Suffolk DACA: Meeting the Educational Requirements for DACA in Suffolk

Yesterday I wrote about how undocumented immigrants in Nassau County can meet the education requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrivals (DACA). Today, I wanted to look at how immigrants in Suffolk can qualify.

Among the qualifications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is that the applicant must be currently enrolled in school, graduated from high school, received a high school equivalence diploma, or registered for a high school equivalence course. Being registered for an English Language course required for admittance to a high school equivalence program “counts” for purposes of being “currently enrolled in school.” As potential DACA applicants seek to apply to the program many search for an affordable and convenient equivalence program. For those who seek to enroll in a equivalence program in the Suffolk County area, the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services and Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer flexible and affordable equivaalence programs.

The Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer classes in Central Islip, Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead. Some of the basic information includes:
• The applicant must be 21 years old. If between the ages of 18-20 the applicant must get permission from his/her school district.
• Registration fee is $25.
• Equivalence classes are offered Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm OR Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-9:30pm.
• For more information you may visit their website at: http://www.esboces.org/AE/literacy_program.aspx.
• To register make an appointment with the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services at (631) 234-7860.

The Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services offer classes in Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Huntington, Amityville, and Copiague. Some of the basic information includes:
• The applicant must be 21 years old. If you are between the ages of 18-20 the applicant must receive permission from his/her school district.
• The equivalence and ESL program are FREE
• Prior to registering the applicant must meet with the program’s counselor, who will test the applicants’ English, reading, writing and math skills. If unable to pass these exams the applicant has the option of enrolling in the ESL program.
• Equivalence classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The specific time varies depending on the location. For a full listing of time and location visit the following website: http://www.wilsontech.org/adultgetyourdiploma.cfm.
• To register call the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperation Education Services at (631) 667-6000 Ext. 327.

Patrick Young is an attorney with CARECEN in Hempstead. This article was co-written by Erick Marroquin.

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