A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
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Literacy Works of Hampden County

1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (413) 755-1367
Contact: Maura Geary


United Neighbors of Fitchburg

18 Fairmount Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 342-2069
Services: Clothes Closet: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm; Food pantry: Monday–Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
ESL and GED classes
GED preparation in Spanish (English if needed); ESL classes; ESL Computer classes; Wellness program including Cooking and Nutrition classes, and Zumba; Spanish classes
Adult Education
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Literacy Unlimited at Framingham Public Library

49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 532-5574
Website: http://www.framinghamlibrary.org
Literacy Unlimited is a nonprofit organization in the Framingham Public Library
and the Morse Institute Library in Natick. It provides free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for about 400 adult learners in the MetroWest area in basic reading, writing, math, HiSET (GED) preparation, citizenship, and English as a second language. There are also conversation groups and survival English classes. Visit or call the office.


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.


Esl Program

100 State Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-1510
Website: 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
Free ESL courses
See class schedule and more information: http://www.faesl.org/


Regional Adult Education Center (mount Wachusett Community College) 444 Green Street, Gardner, Ma 01440

444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 632-6600


Grafton Job Corps

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300
Website: https://grafton.jobcorps.gov/
Services: This is a residential educational and job training program in North Grafton, MA. It helps young people ages 16–24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Job Corps uses a career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employment skill and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. Registration: Job Corps is an open enrollment, year-round, education/vocational training program and registration is on-going throughout the year. Job Corps is free for eligible applicants.
Eligibility: At risk youth between the ages of 16–24.
Hours: Please call (508) 887-7300 for more information on the hours.
Payment: Free of cost
*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.
Career Training
Services: Grafton Job Corps provides career technical training in several vocational trades. Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training.
Outreach & Admissions Office
61 Harvard Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999
Contact: In Worcester, call Dave Tirendi at (508) 890-1999. Those interested can also call the Grafton center at (508) 887-7398 and ask for Kristy.
Services: GED, drivers’ education and vocational training for youth (ages 16–24). Program is Monday–Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and is mostly residential with a smaller commuter component for young parents.


Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area- Fitchburg Public Library

610 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 829-1783
Trained volunteer tutoring and to empower adults for whom English is a second language. Individual tutoring in basic literacy and English.


Literacy Network of Southern Berkshire (lee Library)

100 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238 (413) 243-0471


Lutheran Social Services

14 East Worcester Street, Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 774-243-3900
Toll Free: 877-500-8263 

Services: Resettlement services, basic needs, and legal advice (including help with citizenship forms) for refugees and immigrants.


Grafton Job Corps Career Academy

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300

Outreach & Admissions Office

Location:
61 Harvard St 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999

Contact:
In Worcester, call Dave Tirendi at 508.890.1999.

Those interested can also call the Grafton center at 508.887.7398 and ask for Kristy.

Services:
GED, drivers education and vocational training for youth (ages 16-24).

Program is Monday-Friday from 8am–4pm and is mostly residential with a smaller commuter component for young parents.

Registration:
Job Corps is an open enrollment, year-round, education/vocational training program and registration is on-going throughout the year.

Job Corps is free for eligible applicants.

 


Clark University

950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 793-7711

COPACE ESL Classes

Contact:
Contact Jeannie at (508) 793-7794, and ask for ESL classes

Services:
ESL classes

Classes available in the fall and spring. They meet two times a week for a total of five hours a week and 68 hours for a semester. Students have a choice of a Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday classes .

Classes are from:
9:30 am–noon
1:30 pm–4:00 pm
6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Summer day classes meet Monday through Thursday

9:00 to 12:00
1:00 to 4:00
Summer evening classes meet two times a week from 6:00–9:00.

Registration:

ESL classes start August thru December.

Spring Semester starts in January. May call any time to get on list. There is a fee to the services available. Community student fee available. Otherwise, $425 for 2, 5 hour classes per week.  A total of 68 hours

 

 


YOU Inc.

81 Plantation Street, Second Floor, Worcester, MA  01604
(508) 849-5600

GED Classes
Contact:
Kate Mallet
508849-5600 x7303

Services:
In addition to their GED program they also offer an Education for Employment program. Both services are available for persons ages 16-21 that qualify.

Hours:
They are open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

Registration Information:
They have an ongoing registration. There is no fee. Please call for more information and to set up a placement test.

 

Mental Health Treatment
Contact:

For referrals 508.849.5600 ext. 421 or  855-4YOUINC

Services:
Counseling available  for children, adolescents, adults and families. They help adolescents with Substance Abuse. Psychological testing, neuropsych screening, risk assessments, ADHD evaluations, trauma evaluations are available. After-school programs, Group therapy for parents, grand-parents, teens and kids, Parent Resource Rooms and Prevention Specialists are offered. In- home services are provided. S

Sexual Abuse treatment & evaluations, Medication management & evaluations for clients receiving services at YOU Inc.Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services, Community-Based Services, Adult Case Management, GED programs, Fire-setters’ Prevention program, In Home Behavioral Services, Positive Parenting, and Therapeutic Mentoring available.

Spanish speaking clinicians available.

Payments:
Accept all private insurances (except CIGNA or TriCare). Limited sliding fee. Accepts all Mass Health plans and the Children’s Medical Security Plan.

Parenting Psychotherapy Support Group

Services:
The program provides affect management, communication and  discipline.

Contact: 
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600×421

Hours: 
Accepting referrals Tuesdays from 5:00–6:00 pm.

Eligibility:
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Adults:  Parenting Skills for Spanish Speaking Parents

Services:
This program conducted in Spanish helps the participants develop and tone their parenting skills.

Contact: 
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours: 
Accepting referrals
Fridays from 1:00–2:30 pm

Eligibility: 
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Adults 18+

Services:
A movement based group using martial arts and mindfulness to support stress reduction and emotional regulation.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Accepting referrals
Tuesdays from 12:00–1:00 pm.

Eligibility: 
Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

Young Adults Support Group 

Services:
Helping young adults  navigate sexuality & relationships.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours: 
Accepting Referrals Mondays 6-7:00 pm.

Eligibility:
Young adults ages 16-21 co-ed.

 

Adolescent Substance Abuse Services

Services:
A group treatment that focuses on substance abuse treatment for those 11-18 who have a history of either experimental or significant substance abuse and addiction.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Rolling admission

Eligibility/ Payment:
Must be between the ages of 11-18. Accepts Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

PUNCH! 

Services:
Anger management for adolescent and pre adolescents (11+) who have difficulties managing their anger in any situation.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Rolling admission

Eligibility/ Payment:
Must be between the ages of 11-18. Accepts Mass Health, some private insurances or private pay.

LGBTQ Support Group

Services:
Assisting clients struggling with issues related to gender and/or sexuality.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Accepting referrals Thursdays from 4:00–5:00 pm.

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons struggling with the issues listed above. Accepts Mass Health.

JSI

Services:
Group for boys with sexual offending or harmful behavior (ages 13-17)

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Meets on Tuesdays from 3:00–4:00 pm

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons struggling with the issues listed above. Accepts Mass Health.

Harmony/Aikido

Services:
Building self-regulation & interpersonal relationship skills through movement and martial arts; co-ed ages 8-12.

Contact:
Centralized Referral Department
(508) 849-5600 x421

Hours:
Meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Eligibility/ Payment:
Open to persons with the above criteria. Accepts Mass Health.

 


Catholic Charities

10 Hammond Street, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 798-0191

GED Classes

Contact:
Joanne Chester–(508) 860-2228

Services:

GED classes for homeless, recently homeless & at risk individuals from September – June

Monday –Thursday,
Time 8:30 am-2:30 pm

There is on-site childcare. Transportation is offered yet limited. Computer Instruction also available. These courses are intended for those ages 16 and up. Must contact Joanne Chester (508) 860-2215.

 

Citizenship Classes

Contact: 
Bob Cronin at (508) 860-2228

Services:
4 hours per week:  $30 fee includes all materials.  Held during the day & evening.
Tues. & Thursdays, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Wed. & Fri. 9:00 am–10:30 am

Registration:
Registration is Free
Walk in or call for an appointment.  (508) 860-2228 for the citizenship classes and (508) 860-2215 for the GED. Agency follows the Worcester Public Schools schedule. Enter any time. Works w/people  on their level. Registration is ongoing.

Food Pantry

(508) 860-2237

Services:
Food distribution Monday through Friday, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

Homeless Prevention Center 

Services: Families receive emergency assistance, food and help with budgeting skills to prevent homelessness, while others find usable, wearable clothing at the Catholic Charities boutique.

Parents and children find emergency shelter and transitional services at Catholic Charities Youville House and at the Little Brown House through Catholic Charities partnership with Street, Mary’s Parish.

 


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.

Worcester State University

486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 929-8127
Services:
Named Best in the Northeast ten years in a row by Princeton Review,  Worcester State University is a great place to start or continue your education. They offer graduate and continuing education programs, with special institutes for business and teaching. ESL and adult literacy classes are offered. Online courses are available.

Additionally, they offer over 50 academic programs taught by talented and dedicated faculty in a residential campus with state-of-the-art facilities. There are more than 30 clubs and organizations and NCAA Division III collegiate athletics. 

Latino Education Institute

Services:

This program was started in 2000 and it provides latino members of the Worcester community with programs that focus on education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement and health.  It works to improve the academic strength and well being of Latino students (K-16) and additionally works with community outreach programs.

Under the umbrella of the LEI stand a variety of unique programs such as Club E, an adult education ESL program.  There is also LIDER,  Latinos Involved in Discovering Educational Resources,  which is an after school program for adults and their children preparing them to access further education.

Schedule:
The programs operate on a variety of schedules. Please call   (508) 798-6507 for more specific information.

The officer hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday  9:00 am–5:00 pm.

Registration:
LEI’s program tend to fill up fast, so please register with anticipation.

Payment:
Fees vary. Many of the services offered are free of charge.

Additional information:
Please log-on to their website for a full list of the programs offered and information on how you can get involved. http://worcester.edu/LEI/default.aspx

 


Worcester Public Schools

Locations vary 
24 Chatham Street
Worcester,MA

(508) 799-3090

Worcester Public Schools Night Life

Services:
The Night Life program has a reputation for being  one of the most enriching and successful in the nation. It 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).

They have at their disposal a team of Commonwealth certified teachers so help you further your education.

If you are 16 or over and have left school you are eligible for this program.

Registration:
Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis so please register early if you considering taking one of the classes offered.  You may register up until the first night of the class.

Schedule:
Times and dates are subject to the specific courses.

Payment:
Tuition for the courses must be paid in full by the time of registration.  They do not accept payments in form of cash, however all major credit cards and checks are accepted.

Additional information:
Please log on to their website for more specific information.
http://www.nightlifeworcester.org/

 

 

 

 


YWCA of Central MA

One Salem Square, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 767-2505

Girls CHOICE Program

Contact:
Jennifer Madson
(508) 767-2505 ext. 3073

Services:
Girls CHOICE fosters long term mentoring relationships between professional women and middle school aged girls. The program aims to empower girls to achieve their aspirations through education and financial independence. Girls participate in one-on-one mentoring and weekly programming. Weekly programming is held during the school year and includes topics such as: stress management, bullying, body image, violence prevention, community service and group mentoring events. Girls also receive academic support services as needed.

This program is free of charge.

Eligibility:
Applicants must be entering or enrolled 7th grade girls attending Worcester Public Schools.

Applicants must be eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Applicants must be able to attend regular weekly programming and occasional events.

Applicants must be willing to be matched with a one-on-one mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

The Young Parents Program

Contact:
Brenda Safford
(508) 767-2505, x3028

Services:
The Young Parents Program offers pregnant and parenting out-of-school youth, aged 14-21, who have not achieved a high school diploma with GED preparation along with a variety of educational and life skills training.

Registration:
Registration is on going. Please call to schedule an appointment if you interested.

 

Sober Housing

Services:
Sober housing available for women. Housing available from four weeks up to two years.

Eligibility:
Women in need of short-term housing, full time student and/or working, 18 or older

Young Parent Program (YPP)

Services:
This program provides teen parents and pregnant teens the opportunity to complete their high school education through a GED program. Teen parents also receive community-based assistance while preparing for their GED such as childcare, case management, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, health services, career exploration and more.

Contact:
Alyson Whalen
(508) 767-2505 x3028

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays
9:00 am–2:30 pm

Eligibility:
DTA referred Parents under 21 years old, pregnant or with children.

Breast / Reproductive Cancer Support Group

 Services: 
Water Exercise, Health and Wellness

Contact:
Maureen Burdulis
ENCOREPlus Facilitator
(508) 767-2505 Ext. 5509

Hours:
Held every Tuesday
Water Exercise component 11:00–11:30, Support Group at noon

Eligibility:
Free and open to any woman diagnosed with breast cancer or reproductive cancer.

Daybreak Domestic Violence

Services: 
Domestic violence services are designed to meet the needs of women and children whose lives are affected by interpersonal violence. All services are confidential and free of charge. All services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour hotline in your geographic area.

Contact:
Hotline
(508) 755-9030

Hours:
Call for dates, times, & location

Eligibility:
Adult  victims of domestic violence. No cost.


Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991

ESL and GED Classes

Contact:
Cynthia Vlasapy (Coordinator)

Services:
Free ESL and GED courses. Other programs also available through TRA such as ACHIEVE, Young Parents, Youth Build and Career Pathways course. Programs are guided to help Worcester residents improve language skills, obtain a GED (equivalent to a high school diploma) among other services.

ESL & GED evening classes ESOL Monday & Wednesday 4:30–7:45pm
GED Tuesday & Thursday 4:30 -7:45pm

Registration:
Registration is on-going.
Must call to schedule an intake (interview and testing) or to request information on the other services available through TRA. Most services are for those 16 and older, with the exception of Young Parents.

ACHIEVE

Services:
Serves out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 21, assisting with Adult Basic Education/GED preparation and more.

Young Parents:

Services:
Offers pregnant and parenting out-of-school youth, aged 14-21, who have not achieved a high school diploma with a variety of educational and life skills training.

Youth Build

Services:
Provides low-income, out-of-school youth, aged 16-24 with on-the-job, hands on construction skills training and GED preparation.

Career Pathways Course

Services:
Offered Monday – Thursday for ESOL students who want to improve their English, work on their job skills and find a career in Manufacturing

 


Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 203, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 754-1176

GED Glasses

Contact:
Michelle Ramirez x 146
Linda Taylor x158
Alan Tubman x 181

Services:
The Worcester Community Action Council, offers GED preparation for young adults ages 16-25.  Test fee is covered for program program participants. Classes are free. Additionally they provide computer training and job placement assistance.

Registration information:
Ongoing registration, 9:00 am–3:00 pm.  Visit their website, WCAC.net, for more information.

 

Fuel Assistance:

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Services:
WACA provides eligible households, homeowners or renters, with help in paying a portion of the winter heating bills. Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of all the members of the household that are 18 or older.

Immigrants and persons without social security are eligible to apply for this program.

Additional information:
First time applications can send in their application between November 1st and April 30th, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:00 am–11AM and 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

In addition to the services listed above you may also be eligible for weatherization and heating repair programs appliance programs, that provide you with energy saving information, replaces light bulbs and refrigerators with energy efficient models.


Worcester Housing Authority

32 Great Brook Valley Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3000

GED/ESL Classes

Contact:
Ruben Lopez
(508) 635-3306

Services:
WHA offers GED and ESL courses for WHA Residents only.  The program is free of charge as long as the person currently resides in a WHA apartment.

ESL classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

GED classes are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

Registration information:
Ongoing registration, free of charge.  Placement test is required for the GED classes.  Registration takes place between September through mid-June. They operate on the public schools schedule.

Section 8 Housing

You will receive preference for a WHA Section 8 Voucher, if you live and work in Worcester.  Priority also goes to veterans and families of the veterans if the death was caused by a service related fatality.   Homeless persons, those living in substandard housing and those forced to move out due to no fault of their own also receive priority.

 

The first step of the process for obtaining a voucher is to fill out the Centralized Waiting List Pre-Application, which can be found online here or at the WHA.

Application Steps:

There are three ways to apply.

  1. You can apply online by making a  login, and then accessing the application. The link to the login is located below:

https://secure.massnahro.org/Section8LHA_Internet/WebPages/Registration/Registration.aspx

  1. You may do a preliminary application. Link to preliminary application is found below:

http://massnahro.org/S8_Page2.php

  1. You may call the closest housing authority near you and request and application to be emailed to you.

Only one application per family. The application must be complete and signed/dated.

Information needed in application and after application:

-Name of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, social security number, and relationship to the family head.

-Family characteristics or circumstances that might qualify the family for tenant selection preferences

– Current home address and mail address

– An estimate of family income for next twelve months

-Names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information that will help verify income.

-Need documentation that verifies the information given on application such as birth certificates, tax returns.

 

 


Worcester Public Schools

24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090

WPS Adult Learning Center

Services:
The WPS Adult Learning Center offers a variety of programs at this main location and other branches throughout the city. The Family Literacy Program runs Tuesday and Thursday for daytime hours, 9:00 to 11:30 am and evening hours are 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The also offer GED & ESL courses, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 to 11:30 am. The evening classes take place Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 7:30.

Citizenship Classes are also available, please call for more information.

Registration Information:

Free of charge.

Head Start: 

770 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

 (508) 799-3237

Fax: (508) 799-3633

Recruitment & Enrollment Information: (508) 799-3608

Services: Head Start is a federally funded preschool program whose focus is to provide quality instruction and education with an emphasis on early literacy and mathematics. Children leave Head Start prepared for elementary school and a successful transition to kindergarten. Teachers use research based curriculum. Instruction is provided in both individual and small group settings. The classroom environment and teacher instruction provide opportunities for each child to develop at their own pace in a stimulating and challenging setting.

Comprehensive services are provided to both the child and their family.

These services include:

Health screenings and education

Oral Health screenings and dental education

Nutritional services

Special Needs identification and support services

Social Service support and referrals

Family Involvement activities including Adult Education opportunities

The program services 615 children and families who reside in the City of Worcester. Each Head Start building is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Limited transportation is provided and multilingual staff are available to assist families.

 


Southeast Asian Coalition

484 Main Street Suite 400, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 791-4373

ESL Classes

Services:
Free ESL classes

Our night ESL level 1 and Level 2 classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm–8:00 pm. The morning ESL class are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am–11:00 am.  Placement test needed.

Registration:
Free and ongoing registration. Contact the South Asian Coalition at (508) 791-4373 to learn how to register or for more information.


St. Peter’s Church

929 Main Street Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 752-4674

After School Mentoring Program

Contact:
Elizabeth Koroleski
mentoring@assumptionsisters.org.

Services:

Mentoring for children ages 6-15. Services in English and Spanish.

Mentoring is every Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-4:45pm in the Saint Peter’s meeting room. Children are matched with college volunteer mentors for homework help, arts and crafts, sports in the gym, games and much more!

Eligibility and Cost:
Free mentoring to children ages 6-15.

 

ESL Course

Contact:
Amy Neville

Services:
ESL courses are available during the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Fall:  Sept. – Dec
Winter: Jan – March
Spring: April–June

There are four different levels of English: basic, intermediate 1, intermediate 2 and advanced. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am–12:00 pm and Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-11:00 pm (Only for Spanish speaking learners).  These class takes place year round.

Registration:
For future registration dates contact Amy Neville at (508) 752-4674. There is a $20 fee for enrollment.


St. Bernard’s Church Rectory Marie Anne Center

236 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA  01605
(508) 736-6986

ESL Classes

Contact:
For additional information call Monde:  (508) 425-9254
Contact: Sister Michelle

Services:
ESL classes Monday & Thursday evenings 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. GED classes are not offered.

Registration:
Registration is on-going. There is a registration fee of $20. There is also a book fee of $30.

Classes start in September and January

 


Refugee Apostolate

242 Canterbury Street, Worcester  01603
(508) 831-7455

Beginner ESL Classes

Contact:
Kathy (508) 831-7455

Services:
ESL – Beginner level course

Sat. 10 am–12noon. Offered in the spring only.

Registration:
$2 per session, 1o weeks
Sign up prior to starting date is required.  Sign up can be done via phone at (508) 831-7455 or by email: mailbox@urbanmissionaries.com


Quinsigamond Community College

670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA  01606
(508) 853-2300

College Level Education

Services:
Quinsigamond  serves  over 13,000 full and part-time day and evening students.  Over 70 associate degree and certificate career options in Business, Health Care, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Human Services. The College also offers a wide variety of non-credit courses, workshops, and seminars through its Training and Education Center. In addition, over 300 noncredit and nearly 35 credit courses are offered online. The College also has program locations at the Senior Center in Worcester (Hospitality & Recreation Management), Burncoat High School in Worcester(Automotive Technology), in Marlborough and 5 Optical Drive in Southbridge.

This college also offers the opportunity to get involved outside of the classroom in a variety of clubs and events.

Registration:
Please click on he link below to register for classes.
http://www.qcc.edu/register-classes

Schedule:
Summer I Classes begin on May 19, 2014.
Summer II Classes begin on July 7, 2014.
Fall Classes begin on September 2, 2014.

Payment:
Tuition is  the lowest in the region at $181 per credit for Massachusetts residents and $387 per credit for non-residents.
Financial aid is available.

 

GED Classes in Spanish

Locations:
Worcester Business Center, 67 Millbrook Street, Worcester, MA

QCC Main Campus (Surprenant Building), 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA

Contact:
Call Deborah Gonzalez to register:  (508) 854-7524

Services:
GED Classes in Spanish

Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8pm, (at the Worcester Business Center) and Saturdays from 9:00 am–11:00 am. (at the QCC Main Campus) – 12 consecutive sessions

Registration:
The classes cost $245.00

Call Deborah Gonzalez to register:  (508) 854-7524

 

QCC-Adult Basic Education at the Training & Education Center

Location:
751 Grove Street Worcester, MA 01605

Contact:
The contact for referrals to this program is Kate Anderson at (508) 751-7910 or kateanderson@qcc.mass.edu

Services:
ABE, ESL, Pre-GED,  GED, GED math prep, and ESOL

All classes are free of charge

ABE, Pre-GED and GED:
Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am–12:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurday from 5:30-9:30 pm

GED math prep: Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 pm–6:00 pm

ESOL for Employment with focus on health professions: Monday-Friday from 8:30 am–12:30 pm

ESL levels:  beginner, low intermediate, high intermediate and advanced
Monday,Wednesday andFriday from 1-4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thurday from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Online GED Prep

Registration:
Registration for the GED and ESL programs:  2nd Thurs of each month -except June and August- either at 10 am or 3:00 pm

 

ESL and GED Classes at the Boys and Girls Club

Location:65  Tainter St Worcester, MA 01610

Contact:
Deborah Gonzalez–call (508) 579-4464 or email dgonzalez@qcc.mass.edu

Services:
ESL –  Oct to Dec (4 hrs. a week)

GED preparation–Tuesday – Thursday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm (12 week program)

Bus passes provided, and Child care details will be provided during the testing dates.

Registration:
Required Placement test and Orientation sessions for new students.
Books & Workbooks free

 

ESL and GED Classes at Great Brook Valley

Location:
180 Constitution Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 635-3358

Services:
GED classes and ESL classes.

GED classes are available Monday-Friday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. ESL classes are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Classes are free.  Advising for next steps and transitions is offered.

Registration:
Walk-in Registration and Testing to determine class level
*Open only to great Brook Valley residents

Services are FREE
Services run on the Public School Schedule

Registration hours:

Monday– Friday from 10 am–3 pm

 


Lutheran Social Services

51 Union Street Suite 222, Worcester, 01608
774-243-3900

ESOL Classes

Contact:
(508) 754-1121 X440
Contact Person is Monica Bond or mbond@lssne.org

Services:
ESOL, web-based practice of essential skills and assistance for entering in other programs such as Pre-GED.

ESOL classes (Literacy to Advanced Levels)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9:00 am–12:00 pm

LSS’s Adult & Community Learning Center Program integrates employability skills, college & career readiness skills in all ESOL Classes, and offers WEB-based practice of skills essential to entering Pre-GED/GED Programs

Registration:
Registration for September, 2013 begins August 26, 2013.
Classes are funded to be available Sept. – June at no cost to you.
Enrolling Every Monday (except holidays) from 1-3 pm.

Everyone is always welcomed!


Worcester Youth Center

326 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA  01602
(508) 791-4702

GED Classes

Contact:
Laura Suroviak

Services:
The Worcester Youth Center offers free, small GED preparation courses. This program pays for the GED testing fee.  In addition they offer a bilingual program–prepare for the test in either English or Spanish.  Upon earning their GED participants will receive $100. This program is for people between the ages of 16-24.

Hours:
Monday-Fridays
2:00–7:00 pm

Eligibility:
Youth Ages 14-24. No cost, membership form.


Clinton Adult Learning Center

150 School Street Clinton, MA 01510
(978) 365-4226

GED and ESL Classes

Services:
GED Preparation – Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Evening ESOL classes – Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Morning ESOL classes – Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Child care is offered in the evening only.

Registration:
Call for registration information.


Victory In Christ / Victory Center

371 Pleasant St  Worcester, MA  01609
(508) 832-4696/ (508) 795-7313

ESL Classes

Contact:
Pastor Muriel Sanborn
pastormurielvic@aol.com

Services:
Free ESL classes and citizenship classes for ADULTS (Childcare is not provided)

ESL Classes are offered in three levels: Beginner, Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate and Advanced). Classes are every Thursday from 6:00 pm–7:30 pm.  6:00 pm–7:30 pm on Thursday nights. ESL classes Starting October 3rd and will end November 21st.

Citizenship Classes: For those interested in becoming a citizen.  Basic understanding of English is required. Classes do not run at the same time as ESL.

 

 


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