Program Information

What does the Adult Learning Center offer?

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers a serious academic program designed to help students improve their literacy, mathematics, and computing skills in order to earn a High School credential, and/or to qualify for further education, job training, or employment. Students are assessed during registration to determine an appropriate level of instruction in each subject. The ALC staff and faculty are committed to helping all students improve their education and achieve their goals in a safe and supportive environment.

Please note: While many of our students enroll to improve their English skills as part of their academic and career goals, we are not an ESOL program.

Who may enroll?

Anyone who is 16 years old or over, not currently enrolled in school, and living or working in Massachusetts is eligible to enroll. Students under the age of 18 must provide an official letter of withdrawal from the last school they attended.

Students who enroll in our program are expected to attend for at least one semester and often attend for longer depending on their academic backgrounds and goals.

When and where are classes held?

Daytime classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. and are held at the Adult Learning Center located on the Bedford Campus of Middlesex Community College. ALC classrooms and offices are on the 2nd floor of Building 9 (Enrollment Center.)
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Evening classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and are held at McDevitt Middle School (75 Church Street) in Waltham, MA.

The fall semester runs from September through December. The spring semester runs from January through May.
Classes are not held during public school vacations nor during the summer from June through August.

Who teaches the classes?

Adult Learning Center instructors are experienced professionals who have advanced degrees and extensive teaching experience. Instructors regularly participate in ongoing training and professional development and foster a safe and supportive learning environment.

What is expected of students?

Students are expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to their educational and career goals and are expected to:

  • Be punctual and attend regularly
  • Be focused, participate in the classroom, and complete assignments
  • Maintain high standards of personal behavior both on the campus and in the classroom

Any students who have a pattern of tardiness, have poor attendance and/or are disruptive may be removed from the program.

How do I enroll?

New and returning students must attend a registration session to complete paperwork and placement testing each semester before attending classes. Group registrations are offered at the start of each semester in September and January. The program offers rolling admission on an available-seat basis throughout the year.

To enroll in the daytime program, contact Allison Norton, Program Coordinator, at 781-280-3662 or

To enroll in the evening program, contact Kathy Innis, Director, at 781-280-3665 or

What else should I know?

The program is free!

ALC students also have access to many resources offered to Middlesex Community College students including: the MCC library, fitness center, and tutoring services, among others.

Students can work individually with the Program Coordinators to discuss their goals and address academic or employment challenges they are facing. The Program Coordinator will also work with students on developing an academic and/or career plan for after they have achieved their goals at the ALC.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

For questions about the day program, please contact Allison Norton, Program Coordinator, at 781-280-3662 or

For questions about the evening program, please contact Kathy Innis, Director, at 781-280-3665 or

Last Modified: 9/18/19