Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

A unit of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that oversees and improves no-cost basic educational services for adults in Massachusetts.

Boston Public Library Literacy Services

A department of the Boston Public Library that provides resources and programs designed to serve the needs of adult literacy and ESOL populations in and around Boston.

Community Work Services

Community Work Services is a non-profit (near Downtown Crossing) that helps unemployed and under-employed job-seekers get good, full-time jobs with benefits.

English for New Bostonians

English for New Bostonians’ (ENB) mission is to increase access to high-quality English learning opportunities for Boston’s adult immigrants. ENB provides program support, training, and technical assistance (TA) to 29 programs citywide, and has piloted and brought to scale special initiatives including ESOL for Parents and Caregivers and ESOL for Entrepreneurs. ENB’s statewide English Works Campaign unites community, business, labor and civic leaders around the goal of creating a high-quality ESOL system that benefits immigrant workers, the business that employ them and the Commonwealth as a whole.

English Language Learner University (ELL-U)

ELL-U was a free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. The resources developed through this federally-funded initiative were designed to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the knowledge and skills of educators working with adult ELLs. ESOL practitioners and ELLs may continue to leverage these resources and the network of practitioners where they now reside on the LINCS site. Follow the links below to explore these evidence-based, high quality courses and resources.

First Literacy

A non-profit organization that supports adult learners in Greater Boston by granting funds for First Literacy Lab innovation and program strengthening projects; by offering professional development workshops and networking events for adult education teachers, advisors, and administrators; and by awarding scholarships for adult learners for the first year or two of their post-secondary education.

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

A state-wide referral service that connects adult learners with any of 300+ adult education programs offering one-on-one, small-group or classroom instruction.

Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE)

A state-wide membership organization of educators, adult students, and others who support equal educational opportunities for adults.

MassHire Boston Career Center

A one-stop career center that offers a broad range of career counseling services, career resources, workshops, career fairs, and special programs to connect job seekers looking to businesses in the greater Boston area.

MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center

A career center that provides customized employment and career services, including specialized job search services in the healthcare industry delivered in partnership with area hospitals and medical facilities.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)

The ABE professional development system of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) unit.