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Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600 / (508) 799-8000
Services: Career counseling, referrals to job openings, CORI assistance, job training, etc.

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 767-3100 or 1-877-382-2363
Services: Employment and job training assistance.

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 661-6600 / 1-877-382-2363

Monday–Friday, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Employment and Training Resources

1671 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(617) 928 0530
Website: http://www.etrcc.com/
Provides individual training programs and career services such as resume writing and interviewing skills. Accepts referrals from the Department of Transitional Assistance. Provides support for economically disadvantaged clients with financial barriers to employment and provides individual training programs.

Gardner Career Center

25 Main Street, Gardner, MA 01440

(978) 632-5050

Mass Rehab Commission

359 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608-1511
(508) 754-1757
Services: Assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

North Central Career Centers

Leominster Career Center/ Employment Links, Inc. 100 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1481

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991
Services: Job training (especially in construction and customer service) for youth, adult education, ESL services, etc.

Training Resources of America, Inc

435 Main Street, Suite 2500, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 343-4452

United Way Fitchburg

649 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 345-1577

Worcester Public Schools – Nightlife Program

24 Chatham Street, Room 105, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090 / (508) 799-1986
Services: Vocational and career training, work force and continuing education classes, adult literacy and GED, etc.

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176 ext. 153
Services: GED preparation, pre-employment skills, education and career counseling, job and internship placement assistance, life skills workshops, case management, and summer job opportunities for youth and former o enders.

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1600 or (508)799-8000

MLK Business Empowerment Center

237 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-6330
Services: Free business consultation, access to business resources and training, reasonably priced workshops and seminars, etc.

Dress for Success

484 Main Street, Suite 101, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 796-5660
Services: Professional attire, support networks, career development tools for women.

American Red Cross Health Care Training

Nurse Assistant and HomeHealth Aide Training programs

2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 595-3700 / (978) 537-3339
Services: Provides the information and skills that will enable students to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, for clients at home and patients
in hospitals.


Job Corps

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 890-1999
Services: Residential educational and job training program in North Grafton, MA. Some commuter spots available.

* To apply for unemployment insurance, go to Workforce Central at 44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608, or call (508) 799-1600. You can also call the TeleClaim center at 1-877-626-6800.

ESL and GED Preparation Classes

Catholic Charities
10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191
Services: GED and Citizenship classes.
Clark University – COPACE
950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7794
Services: ESL classes.
Clinton Adult Learning Center
150 School Street, Clinton, MA 01510
(978) 365-4226
Services: GED and ESL classes.
ESL Program, Framingham State
100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-1510

See program details here: https://www.framingham.edu/academics/continuing- education/english-language-programs/

Framingham Adult ESL+

Fuller Middle School

31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 626-4282
Services: Free ESL courses. Visit http://www.faesl.org/ for a class schedule and more information.

Grafton Job Corps – Career Academy

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Grafton Job Corps – Outreach & Admissions Office
250 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999
Services: GED classes and vocational training.
Latino Education Institute – Club E
Worcester State University
537 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 414-2590
Services: ESL classes.
Literacy Volunteers of Worcester
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Room 332, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-8056
Services: ESL classes.
Literacy Volunteers of Montachusett Area
Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Literacy Unlimited at Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 532-5574
Lutheran Social Services for New Americans
51 Union Street, Suite 222, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1121 ext. 440
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Community Builders of Plumley Village East
16 Laurel Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 770-0508
Services: GED and ESL classes.Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area- Fitchburg Public Library
610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Quinsigamond Community College – Great Brook Valley
180 Constitution Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3358
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Quinsigamond Community College – Boys and Girls Club
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 579-4464
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Quinsigamond Community College
751 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 751-7900
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Refugee Apostolate
242 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01603
(508) 831-7455
Services: ESL classes.
Regional Adult Education Center (Mount Wachusett Community College)
Fitchburg Learning Center, McKay Campus School
67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 665-3433
Services: Morning ABE, Pre-ASE and ASE Classes, Evening ESOL classes
Gardner MWCC Adult Learning Center
444 Green Street, Room 56A, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 630-9259
Leominster Adult Learning Center
110 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1563
Services: Evening ABE, Pre-ASE, and ASE classes
St. Bernard’s Church Rectory Marie Anne Center
236 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 736-6986
Services: ESL classes.
St. Peter’s Church
929 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674
Services: ESL classes.
Southeast Asian Coalition
484 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 791-4373
Services: ESL classes.
Spanish American Center
112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-3145
Training Resources of America
2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991
Services: GED and ESL classes.
United Neighbors of Fitchburg
18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Victory In Christ / Victory Center
371 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 832-4696
Services: Citizenship and ESL classes.
Webster Public Schools: Adult Basic skills Program
41 East Main Street, Webster, MA 01570
(508) 943-0104
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.
484 Main Street, Suite 203, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176
Services: GED classes, Computer/ Job Training.
Worcester Housing Authority
32 Great Brook Valley Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3306
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center
24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090
Services: GED and ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center – Greendale Headstart
130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 799-3252Services: ESL classes.
Worcester Public Schools Adult Learning Center – South East Asian Coalition
484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-3090Services: ESL classes.
Worcester State University – Intensive English Language Institute
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8120
Services: ESL classes.
Worcester State University – Intergenerational Urban Institute
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8978Services: ESL classes.
Worcester Youth Center
326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602(508) 791-4702
Services: GED classes.
YOU, Inc. – Worcester
81 Plantation Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 849-5600 ext. 397
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Whitinsville
68-72 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588
(508) 266-2125
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – W. Brook eld
7 E. Main Street, West Brook eld, MA 01585
(508) 867-5800
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Milford
3 Exchange Street, Milford, MA 01757
(508) 473-2178
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YOU, Inc. – Southbridge
328 Main Street, 1st Floor, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-9102 ext. 22
Services: GED classes and employment education.
YWCA of Central Massachusetts
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3028
Services: GED classes.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School

57 Old Muggett Hill Road
Charlton, MA 01507

(508) 248-5971, x1714 or x1715 

 Adult Evening Classes

This adult technical school offers a wide range of courses that include cooking, business and finance, entertainment, computer technology,  health and fitness and a number of other interests. These classes are non-credit courses and are usually not graded.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance and completion.

You choose to register either online, by phone, by mail, in person or by fax.  There is a registration fee of $5, per person, per semester.  Registration is open to individuals 18. The program does run a first come, first serve basis so if you interested in any of the classes please register early.

Spring semester runs from January 2- June 13
Office hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday 8am–3:00 pm and Friday 8am–3:00 pm

Summer semester runs from June 16-August 22
Office hours are as follows:
Monday-Friday 8am–2pm

Additional information:
More information of schedules, access the registration form and additional information on services offered is available here:





Assumption College – Continuing and Career Education

500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 767-7364
Services: Offers a wide range of bachelor’s and associate degrees. Also has a number of certificate and non-credit programs. Financial aid is available.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School

57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507
(508) 248-5971, ext. 1714 or ext. 1715
Services: Adult evening classes in everything from trade licensing to personal nance.

Bay State Community Services

1120 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

36 Cordage Park Cir # 305, Plymouth, MA 02360

(617) 471-8400

Services/Programs: A New Way Recovery Center, Beal Street Residential, Billings Human Services, Center for Community Counseling and Education, Dianne DeVanna Center, Granite House Residential, Hospital Emergency Action Recovery Coach Team (HEART), Impact Quincy, Plymouth STARR Residential, Quincy Family Resource Center, and Survival STARR Residential.

Becker College – Weller Academic Center

61 Sever Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 373-9500
Services: Bachelor’s and associate degrees. Certi cate courses o ered. Accelerated and professional studies are available.

Payments: Financial aid is available.

Beverly Bootstraps Community Services Inc.

35 Park St, Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 927 – 1561

Services: rent and mortgage payment assistance, Debt Reduction/Budget Counseling, Financial Management Workshops, Benefits Assistance, and Landlord Tenant Assistance mediation and advice. Coordinators for this program also assist residents in variety of ways, including applying for government programs such as DTA and Food Stamp benefits online, accessing local programs such as fuel and heating oil assistance, or provide help with an eviction. There is also support for people with a notice to quit or court summons, rent or mortgage arrearages, financial literacy classes, individual budget review, and completing public housing applications.

Community Service Agency

3057 Acushnet Avenue New Bedford, MA 02745

(508) 990-0894

Services: facilitate access to, and ensure coordination of, care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who require or are already utilizing multiple services or are involved with multiple child-serving systems (e.g., child welfare, special education, juvenile justice, mental health) and their families.

Family and Community Resources, Inc.

18 Newton Street, Brockton MA 02301


Services: advocacy, support, individual and group treatment, case management and community education and training.

Federal Supplement Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)



Framingham State University, Office of Continuing Education
Dwight Hall 204, 100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 626-4603

Website: https://www.framingham.edu/academics/continuing-education/

Part-time degrees and certificates, professional development and workforce education, English language program etc.

GLCAC, or the Greater Lawrence Community Action

305 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01840

(978) 681-4900

Services: mostly provides referrals. Qualified low income families can get support for their basic needs from government benefits such as WIC or the Head Start services. There are also programs focused on energy bills and heating expenses. These are funded by the state of Massachusetts and federal government grants, and can be called upon for either energy conservation or to pay delinquent utility bills.

Other resources include Project SENIOR or child care vouchers. Case managers can offer referrals to food stamps, disability, and similar benefits too. Resources are for families in Methuen, Lawrence, and Andover only. More Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

Map Academy

11 Resnik Road Plymouth, MA 02360


Services: a new public charter school located in Plymouth, designed to provide a free option to students that want or need something different than the traditional high school.


454 Broadway, STE.200, Revere, MA 02151

(617) 391-6070


Mount Wachusett Community College – Regional Adult Education Center
444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-6600

Pell Grants



Quinsigamond Community College

670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-2300
Services: Community college. Job training courses o ered. Financial aid available.

Worcester Public Schools Night Life

Locations vary
(508) 799-3090
Website: http://www.nightlifeworcester.org/

Services: The Night Life program offers a wide array of classes, in everything from business to recreation. Job training and vocational skills classes are available. Online classes are available. The program also operates an adult learning center at 24 Chatham Street that specializes in adult literacy, ESL, and GED classes.

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8000
Services: Graduate and continuing education programs, special institutes for business and teaching. ESL and adult literacy classes o ered. Online classes are available.

Financial Aid for Education

To apply for student financial aid, start by filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Pell Grants


Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/contact#call
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned
a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Certain eligibility limitations apply for former o enders.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/contact#call

The FSEOG program is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school and is therefore called “campus-based” aid. Not all schools participate. Priority is given to students already receiving a Pell Grant.


Massachusetts Department of Higher Education-Office of Student Financial Assistance
454 Broadway, Suite 200, Revere, MA 02151
(617) 391-6070


The MASSGrant program provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and who are enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution furnishing a program of higher education.

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