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Lowell Adult Education Center


The Lowell Adult Education Center, is part of the Lowell Public School System and has been offering adult basic education since 1977.  The Lowell Adult Education Center is one of the largest programs of adult basic education in Massachusetts and New England. On a yearly basis, the center graduates more than 475 adults with high school credentials and another 650 adults earn English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificates. Each year, there are more than 2000 adults who attend classes at the Lowell Adult Education Center.

The center’s mission and philosophy are to provide a full array of adult basic education services and opportunities to out-of -school youth and adults in the greater Lowell area in need of GED, ABE, and English language instruction.  ABE & GED classes at various levels are offered both in the mornings and evenings to help adults prepare for the GED tests.  Foreign speaking adults are placed in introductory, beginning, or intermediate classes to improve their communication, reading, and writing skills.  Adults from Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford can attend the Lowell Adult Education Center.

Check out Lowell Adult Educations Center's Melting Pot Newsletter and student movie.


Fred Abisi, Director

Lowell Adult Education Center

408 Merrimack Street

Lowell, MA 01854


Featured Programs will showcase the range of Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs in Massachusetts. Click here to view the current Featured ABE Program and to learn how to put your program on this page. Click here to view former Featured ABE Programs.


Leadership can sometimes be a complicated art, sometimes it’s a simple act.  MCAE is asking you to be a leader in ABE, and we’ve made it simple.

If your program receives state and/or federal adult basic education (ABE) funding, your services to the community depend, in large measure, on MCAE’s steadfast and effective advocacy.  However, MCAE’s capacity to continue this work is perilously at risk.

Due to the changing funding priorities of some of MCAE’s major, long-term supporters, we must now diversify our funding sources and raise $30,000 by June 30 to continue our services uninterrupted.

As we look out to the broader community to diversify funding, it is critical we can show that your program – a beneficiary of our services – supports us.

We are pleased to announce 2 new MCAE organizational memberships with new benefits.  We’re especially pleased that one of the new benefits includes priority service for MCAE member programs and their employees to receive discounted health insurance rates for Massachusetts plans through our partnership with the National Association of Socially Responsible Organizations.

To become a Leadership Circle or Organizational Member, simply click here for everything you need to join.  As you may remember from registering for Network, if you receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, your grant has a budget line for memberships. 

As always, MCAE also continues to welcome individual memberships to support our vital efforts.

MCAE is the unified voice for ABE in Massachusetts.  Please send your membership support today so we can continue to speak forcefully on your behalf without interruption. 

Being an ABE leader has never been easier.

For more information, contact MCAE at info@mcae.net, Tel: 617-482-6223.

Massachusetts ABE/ESOL Calendar


ABE Workers of MA, Unite!

Learn mORE At Network!

Are you disheartened about working conditions in Adult Basic Education? Come and learn about our progress towards a statewide ABE staff union at Network!

MAY 15, 2015

WORKSHOP CODE: M-2, 10:30am -12:00pm.

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MCAE Leadership Circle

Blue Hills Regional Adult Basic Education

Bristol Community College Adult Basic Education

Bristol Community College SABES

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Education, Skills, & Training Corporation

Brockton Public Schools Adult Learning Center

Cape Cod Community College ACCCESS Program

Catholic Charities/Haitian Multi Service Center

College Bound Dorchester

Community Learning Center

East Boston Harborside

Framingham Adult ESL Plus

Holyoke Community College

Hudson Maynard Adult Learning Center

Jewish Vocational Service of Greater Boston

Lowell Adult Education Center

Massachusetts ABE Directors' Council

Massachusetts Career Development Institute, Inc

Massachusetts Correctional Education Association

Methuen Adult Learning Center

Mount Wachusett Community College

Mujeres Unidas en Accion

New Bedford ABE/ESOL

Northern Essex Community College

Notre Dame Education Center, Boston

Quinsigamond Community College


UMASS Dartmouth’s Worker Education Program

Valley Opportunity Council

Waltham Power Program

Worcester Adult Learning Center

World Education

MCAE Organizational Members

Adult Literacy Resource Institute at UMass Boston

Asian American Civic Association

Asian Center of Merrimack Valley

Berkshire Sheriff's Department

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.

Catholic Charities/El Centro del Cardenal

Center for New Americans

Clinton Adult Learning Center

Community Action, Inc.

Crittenton Women’s Union

First Literacy

Immigrant Learning Center

International Institute of Greater Lawrence

International Institute of New England

Jackson Mann Community Center GED Program

Literacy Program of Greater Plymouth

Literacy Project

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL)

Martha's Vineyard Adult Learning Program

Massasoit Community College ABE Program

Middlesex Community College

North Shore Community Action

Pittsfield Adult Learning Center

Project Hope

Randolph Community Partnership


South Berkshire Educational Collaborative

Southeastern Massachusetts SER-Jobs For Progress, Inc.

Webster Adult Basic Education

YMCA Woburn

What’s New at MCAE

MCAE Awards and Scholarship Nomination Deadline Extended to April 14!

Educator of the Year Award
(PDF form) (MS Word form)

Student of the Year Award
(PDF form) (MS Word form)

Student Scholarship Award
(PDF form) (MS Word form)

Save the Date for NETWORK 2015: Friday, May 15

View the full announcement, here.

NETWORK 2015 Call for Presenters Deadline Extended to February 13!

PDF application here
MS Word application here

View Photos From NETWORK 2014!

With over 50 workshops and over 500 attendees NETWORK 2014 was a great success!

Click here to view photos from the event.

Handouts from select NETWORK 2014 Workshops now available!

Click here to view handouts.

MCAE has endorsed the Raise Up MA Campaign to raise the minimum wage and pass an earned sick time benefit for workers

Our goal is to collect 4,000 signatures - click here to find out how you can help!

U.S Senate Candidates Respond to ABE Questionnaire

Click here to read the questions and the candidates' responses.

MCAE: Office Location

On September 1, 2011, MCAE moved its office to World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210.  MCAE’s phone number is the same, 617-482-6223. 

Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education

The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) champions the right of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education.

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