Frequently Asked Questions

What does the ALC offer?

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) offers a serious academic program designed to help students improve their literacy and mathematics skills in order to earn a high school credential, and/or to qualify for further education, job training, or better employment. Students are assessed during intake to determine an appropriate level of instruction to meet them where they are academically. 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. A student who is not yet 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 are classes held?

Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The fall semester runs from September through December. The spring semester runs from January through May.

Classes are not held during public school vacations or during the summer from June through August.

Where are classes held?
Classes are held at the Adult Learning Center which is located on the Bedford Campus of Middlesex Community College. The Adult Learning Center is located on the 2nd floor of Building 9 (Enrollment Center).
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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. Students are expected to be punctual and attend regularly. Students are expected to be focused and participate in the classroom and complete assignments. All students are expected to 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 an Intake/Orientation Session to complete registration paperwork and placement testing each semester before attending classes. Group orientations are offered at the start of each semester. The program offers rolling admission on an available-seat basis and individual orientations are offered as needed throughout the year.

To attend an orientation, contact Allison Norton, Program Coordinator at 781-280-3662 or

What else should I know?

The program is free of charge!

Students who enroll at the Adult Learning Center also have access to the many resources offered to Middlesex Community College students including: the MCC library, fitness center, tutoring services, Wellness Center, and the Cafeteria, among others.

Students can also work individually with the Program Coordinator to discuss their goals and address academic or employment challenges they are facing. The Program Coordinator will also work with students on developing a plan for after they have achieved their goals at the ALC. Many of our students go on to enroll in the college or obtain employment and the ALC staff and faculty are happy to support these endeavors.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Please contact Allison Norton, the Program Coordinator with any questions you have about the program at 781-280-3662 or

Last Modified: 6/28/16