Adult Education & Workforce Development

Education is one of the most important steps towards gaining self sufficiency.

At Catholic Charities we see these programs as a key to ending the cycle of poverty.  Whether helping a young adult achieve their high school equivalency, helping a newcomer learn English or leading an individual on a career path with job training, Catholic Charities' adult education and workforce development programs help provide individuals with a better future.

El Centro Adult Education

Catholic Charities' El Centro Adult Education Program has long recognized the interdependence of English language learning and continued education for economic fortitude. Founded in 1957, El Centro was among the first programs in the state to provide ESOL classes for adult immigrants. Over the years, the program has helped thousands of people to adjust in their new home country: to learn the language and culture, to find jobs, to become responsible members of the community.

El Centro Youth Education Program

Located at the Yawkey Center in Dorchester, El Centro del Cardenal Youth Education Program (El Centro Youth) is one of the oldest establishments serving Latino residents in Boston. With 39 years of providing flexible classes and intensive case management, El Centro Youth Program meets the diverse needs of students through its Youth HSE Education Program.

El Centro IT Support Training Program

El Centro Information Technology (IT) Support Training is a workforce development program that prepares students for successful attainment of entry-level IT Desktop Support jobs and future careers in IT. Information Technology is a rapidly developing field with job opportunities in multiple industries, including e-commerce, healthcare, education and finance.

Haitian Multi-Service Center Adult Education

Located at the Yawkey Center in Dorchester, the Haitian Multi-Service Center Adult Education program was founded in 1978 by members of the Haitian community in Dorchester. It is open to adults of all backgrounds, ages 18 and up.  The program offers three levels of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) instruction, Human Services classes for ESOL speakers, as well as Adult Basic Education classes in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.  Classes are offered at multiple levels, starting with beginner English, reading, and math.   The Haitian Multi-Service Center also offers GED and HiSET Classes to prepare students to take their High School Equivalency Test to earn a high school diploma.  

ESOL for Human Services

Located at the Haitian Multi-Service Center at Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center in Dorchester, ESOL for Human Services is a 24-week human services training program that prepares English language learners for entry-level positions in human services agencies throughout Greater Boston.

Labouré Adult Education

Established in 2019, the Labouré Adult Education program is located in South Boston. There are 5 levels of ESOL instruction offered, as well as Math and Computer Literacy instruction, Distance Learning, and college and career counseling and guidance. The classes, taught by trained staff, are designed to help you meet your educational, personal, economic and social goals.

English Transcultural Center

The English Transcultural Center was founded in 1990 by the Sisters of Charities of Nazareth to address the English Language needs of community members in the Brockton neighborhoods. The center offers both morning and evening English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to those with little or no skill in speaking, reading, or writing English. Catholic Charities South’s English Transcultural Center exists to meet the English language, educational, employment, and social service needs of immigrants. The center offers two levels of English classes, as well as enrichment classes.

English Language Learning Academy (ELLA)

The ELLA, located in Lynn, provides English classes to North Shore community members. With a goal of empowering adults by increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ESOL classes include practical, dynamic instruction.

HiSET Programs

At the Education Center in Lynn, out-of-school youth find GED preparation and skills training. While a High School Equivalency Diploma is the goal, teachers help students see themselves as learners, not dropouts. GED classes include Youthworks, Teenstart, and the Education and Parenting Skills Center.

GED/HiSET classes are also available for those in Boston proper through the Haitian Multi-Service Center at CCAB's Yawkey Center in Dorchester.

Nurse Assistants

Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides (NA/HHA’s) are two of the fastest growing occupations. There are many job openings in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, some hospitals, and visiting nurse services or private care agencies available. At our centers in South Boston and Brockton, students take the first step on the career ladder in health care.