adult education

"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Oasis changes lives by providing multiple educational opportunities to women looking to rise out of poverty.  Supervised childcare is provided for children up to age 5 to ensure our adult students can make a commitment to their education.

Registration is currently open for all classes. Contact Evelyn Cuciti to register - (973) 881-8307 x124.

High School Equivalency

  • Oasis enrolls up to 100  women annually to prepare them to take their high-school equivalency test (HiSET)
  • Levels of instruction include adult basic education, pre-HiSET, and HiSet
  • All students work on laptops donated through the generous support of the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust.
  • Teachers are supported by numerous volunteers who help prepare students for subject tests in science, math, social studies, reading and writing.
  • In 2016-2017 86% of students passed one or more parts of the HiSET test.
  • During the 2016-2017 school year 81% of students move up one or more grade levels.


  • Oasis serves over 200 women annually from 25 different countries.
  • We offer instruction in four levels of English proficiency.
  • Small-class environment includes conversational sessions with volunteers.
  • in 2015-2016, 73% ESL level 2 students advanced to the next level.


  • Oasis serves up to 50 students annually, providing guided instruction and one-on-one attention.
  • Graduates of the class are proficient in the various programs of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint).
  • In 2015-2016 75% of computer students completed Microsoft Office Levels 1&2.

Workplace Readiness/ Certificate Programs

  • Oasis' five-week program trains up to 100 women annually.
  • Students explore different career options, write resumes, prepare for job interviews, use social networking and the internet to secure employment, and review appropriate conduct for the workplace.
  • Program includes 24 annual paid client internships at Oasis in food preparation and maintenance.
  • Program provides additional opportunities to earn certificates that provide advantages in finding employment – Home Health Aide Training (with HomeCare Options); ServSafe® Certificate (through National Restaurant Association); Customer Service Certificate (through National Retail Federation); Bank Teller Certificate (through American Bankers Association)
  • This program has been partially funded by the City of Paterson through a Community Development Block Grant.

saturday Programs

On Saturdays during the school year the following programs are available to both men and women:


  • GED
  • ESL
  • Workplace Readiness


  • Customer Service
  • Serv-Safe
  • GED Tutoring

For more information and to register contact Evelyn Pena at (973) 881-8307 X126