Adult Education Partnerships

  • Adult Learning Center
    This free program at MCC's Bedford campus provides instruction in reading, writing and mathematics for adults who live or work in the area. Classes are small and range from literacy to GED preparation. After completing the GED, some students enroll in MCC programs and courses. Funding: Massachusetts Department of Education
    Contact: Katherine Innis, 781-280-3665,
  • Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL)
    This is an educational alternative-sentencing program whereby probationers engage in weekly literature seminars with professors, judges and probation officers in conjunction with probation and often in lieu of prison. The women's branch was founded by an MCC professor, and more than six programs have been based at MCC over the last 16 years. First offered through the Massachusetts courts, CLTL is now nationally and internationally known and operates in nine states and in England.
    Funding: Massachusetts State Legislature
    Contact: Jean Trounstine, 978-656-3121,
  • Direct Support Certificate Program
    Middlesex offers a seven-course Certificate in Human Services to direct support staff working in the field of mental retardation services. MCC piloted this program and is currently working with six other community colleges and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation to develop competency standards for the field. Six local human service agencies have staff enrolled in the program.
    Funding: Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation
    Contact: Julia K. Mirras, 978-656-3189,
  • Early Childhood Education/Community Partnerships
    MCC's Early Childhood Education Department is collaborating with Community Partnerships to increase quality care for children through teacher education. The Lowell Public Schools Community Partnership, called I.D.E.A.L (Individual Design of Educational Achievement and Leadership), was established in 1999 and offers free tuition and educational opportunities to early childhood teachers. Lowell teachers can attain their associate degree through IDEAL and, if eligible, may continue on to Salem State College with similar opportunities. The Children's Collaborative Community Partnerships in Woburn, Belmont, Arlington and Acton provide services to families and children, and also offer some teacher education.
    Funding: Massachusetts & U.S. Departments of Education
    Contact: Nancy Tyler-Higgins, 978-656-3563,
  • Evening Education Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
    Middlesex offers space on the Lowell campus to LifeLinks, a social services agency, for this unique, whole-life education program for adults with developmental disabilities who are living on their own or planning to do so soon. Classes emphasize safety, human rights and responsibility, healthy relationships, practical skills and more. Classes are offered on Wednesdays, beginning each September. New members are welcome any time. Competency tests are administered, and certificates are presented at the end of each session.
    Contact: Carol Midey, 978-459-6179,
  • Links
    This program, now in its fifteenth year, is offered free at MCC's Bedford campus and targets adults who are returning to college or have earned their GED and would benefit from additional support services. Eligible candidates must have a GED or high school diploma, be Massachusetts residents, and place into Basic Writing, Algebra 1, or both, when taking the MCC placement test. This daytime program allows students to earn seven to ten credits while building study skills and self-confidence and exploring career options.
    Funding: Massachusetts Department of Education
    Contact: Katherine Innis, 781-280-3665,
  • Prepare to Attend College (PAC)
    PAC is a free, eight-week program offered at MCC's Lowell campus as an educational starting point for immigrant populations in the greater Lowell area who are interested in attending college. The PAC Program combines ESL or Basic English instruction with college and career counseling. Since the program was established in the summer of 1987, PAC has served thousands of new immigrants.
    Contact: Pat Demaras, 978-656-3256,
  • Urban Youth Program
    MCC's Human Services Department has collaborated with LifeLinks, a local agency, in a program to train young people considering a career in mental retardation services. LifeLinks provides an intensive paid internship over the summer and MCC provides a course in Fundamentals of Community Services in Mental Retardation. The program runs June through August.
    Funding: Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation and LifeLinks
    Contact: Julia K. Mirras, 978-656-3189,
Last Modified: 8/2/21