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 some classes. 

Contact Evelyn Cuciti to inquire and 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 literacy/numeracy, adult basic education, pre-HiSET, and HiSET.
  • Teachers are supported by numerous volunteers who work one-on-one with our students.
  • Subject areas covered include 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 moved up one or more grade levels.
  • This program has been partially funded by the City of Paterson through a Community Development Block Grant.


  • Oasis serves over 200 women annually from 25 different countries.
  • We offer instruction in four levels of English proficiency.
  • Volunteers support in-class conversational sessions as well as once a month "English Cafe" on Fridays. 
  • During the 2016-2017 school year, 73% of ESL level 2 students advanced to the next level.

Citizenship Test Preparation

  • This program is designed to help women complete the N-400 application and prepare for the citizenship exam.
  • Curriculum includes history, government, geography, and civics.
  • Volunteers help students practice through mock interviews.
  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of our students passed the test and became citizens.


  • 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).
  • Volunteers support in-class instruction and open lab sessions.
  • Advanced HiSET students utilize the computer lab on Friday afternoons for practice online test taking.
  • In 2016-2016, 77% of computer students completed Microsoft Office Levels 1&2.

Oasis Works/Certificate Programs

  • Oasis' three-week program each morning from 9:00am to 12:00pm trains up to 100 women annually.
  • Program offers afternoon one-on-one sessions with a jobs specialist.
  • 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 on Saturdays 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).

saturday Programs

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


  • GED
  • ESL
  • Oasis Works


  • Customer Service
  • Serv-Safe
  • GED Tutoring

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