Mount Wachusett Community College Awarded Community Adult Learning Center Grant from Baker-Polito Administration
Mount Wachusett Community College was awarded $984,233 annually for the next five years in support of adult education programs offered by the college, including the free HiSET/GED high school equivalency preparation courses and English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses. Funding will enable the MWCC adult education programs to support 269 seats per year, 154 seats in ESOL and 115 in adult education.
“Mount Wachusett Community College is thrilled to continue offering these critical services to the residents of North Central Massachusetts,” stated MWCC Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Adam Duggan. “These programs provide essential access points to educational opportunity and career advancement for individuals across our region.”
“We are impressed by the unprecedented level of commitment to Adult Education services statewide and are excited to be able to serve the region by continuing to advance the educational attainment of its workforce,” added MWCC President James Vander Hooven.
The Office of Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) within the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administers the state’s no-cost public adult education system through community adult learning centers and correctional institutions across 16 local workforce development areas in the Commonwealth.
Through partnerships with adult learning centers like Mount Wachusett Community College, funds help eligible individuals obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and financial security, assist eligible individuals attain high school equivalency and transition to college or technical education and training, assist immigrants and other English learners, and help parents to gain the education and knowledge they need to be partners in the educational development of their children.