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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces $250 Million for Adult Education Services Over the Next Five Years, with $50 Million Awarded This Year

Grants represent a historic level of funding to adult education providers in the Commonwealth
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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $250 Million for Adult Education Services Over the Next Five Years, with $50 Million Awarded This Year

Jacqueline Reis

MALDENThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced historic funding amounts to adult education providers, awarding $250 million over the next five years. Adult education services will expand to new programs not currently funded and provide 5,000 total seats for adult basic education students and more than 16,000 for adult English learners. Over the last five years, the administration has almost doubled state funding to increase access to services and support the launch of new delivery models to provide wider access, including MassLINKS, a statewide virtual academy.
In the first year of funding, Fiscal Year 2024, approximately $48.2 million will be awarded in competitive grants to adult education service providers and an additional $2 million to adult education programs in state correctional institutions. Adult basic education is funded through a combination of state and federal funds, including the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II.
“This historic level of funding to adult education service providers across the Commonwealth will open up additional seats for adult learners to gain knowledge and career skills,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants will benefit not only residents, but employers and communities across the Commonwealth.”
“Supporting adult students with essential foundational education and language skills provides an onramp to college and career options that will prepare adults for innovative jobs growing in the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
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. ACLS works to ensure every adult in Massachusetts has knowledge, skills, and the support they need to lead a fulfilling life. The office partners with adult education programs to ensure that all students have access to quality instruction, advising, job training and career pathways.
Through partnerships with community adult learning centers, English for speakers of other language (ESOL) providers and family literacy programs, the funds will: 

  • help eligible individuals obtain knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency,
  • assist eligible individuals attain a secondary school credential and transition to postsecondary education and training,
  • assist immigrants and other individuals who are English learners, and
  • help parents gain education and knowledge to become full partners in the educational development of their children.

“The goal is to foster collaborations within communities that enhance student success in higher education and employment,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “We are very pleased to award this historic level of funding that ensures there are significant resources available to many more adult students across the Commonwealth for years to come.”
“Adult education is a critical part of Massachusetts’ education system, and it wouldn’t be possible without the many partners who are receiving the grants announced today,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. “I’m happy to see this financial support extend the reach of these school districts and organizations.”
The following organizations received grants:  




North Adams Public Schools


Pittsfield Public Schools


Berkshire Community College


Jewish Vocational Services


Jackson Mann


Catholic Charities Haitian Multi Service Center


East Boston Harborside


Charlestown Adult Education


Catholic Charities Laboure


Mujeres Unidas


YMCA Boston


Project Hope


Bridge Over Troubled Waters


International Institute of New England-Boston


Julie's Family Learning Program


Jamaica Plain Community Centers-Adult Learning Program


Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.


Boston Public Schools


Asian American Civic Association


Catholic Charities El Centro


Bunker Hill Community College - Boston


SER - Jobs for Progress


Bristol Community College


TRA Brockton


Brockton Adult Learning Center


Massasoit Community College


Catholic Charities South


Cape Cod Community College


Martha's Vineyard Public Schools


Framingham Public Schools Worcester


TRA Worcester


Webster Public Schools


Worcester Public Schools


Quinsigamond Community College


Center for New Americans


International Language Institute of MA


The Literacy Project


Springfield Public Schools


Valley Opportunity Council


Springfield Technical Community College


Holyoke Community College


Lowell Public Schools


Northern Essex Community College


International Institute of Greater Lawrence


Community Action


Lawrence Public Schools


Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.


Notre Dame Lawrence


Methuen Public Schools


Cambridge Community Learning Center


Chelsea Public Schools


The Immigrant Learning Center


Somerville Public Schools


Bunker Hill Community College


YMCA Woburn


Hudson Public Schools


Blue Hill Region Tech


Framingham Public Schools


Middlesex Community College


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


New Bedford Public Schools


Clinton Public Schools


Mount Wachusett Community College


Catholic Charities Lynn


Pathways Education and Training


North Shore Community Action Projects, Inc.


North Shore Community College


Rockland Regional Adult Learning Center


Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc.


TRA Quincy Site


Plymouth Public Library


Randolph Community Partnership, Inc


Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.


Quincy College




The following correctional institutions received grants:



Hampshire CHOC


Berkshire County Sheriff's Dept.


Bristol County Sheriff's Department


Essex County Sheriff's Dept.


Hampden County Sheriff's Dept.


Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept.


Worcester County Sheriff's Dept.







Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $250 Million for Adult Education Services Over the Next Five Years, with $50 Million Awarded This Year

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