Catholic Charities' Laboure Center Awarded $600K for Adult Ed English Learners

Monday, October 7, 2019

Catholic Charities last month received the very exciting news that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) awarded Catholic Charities Adult Education program a $600,000 contract to establish a new Adult Education Program for adult English learners at our Laboure Center in South Boston. The contract was awarded over several competitive bids.

"Catholic Charities’ community focused approach to adult ESOL education is the highest performing program in the Commonwealth, and this contract will allow us to expand our model in the South Boston/Dorchester communities. Our new Laboure Center-based team will open 184 seats to community members seeking English proficiency and workforce preparation," said Jake Bombard, Laboure's director. 

"We are enormously grateful to Governor Baker and his administration for this vote of confidence in our adult education model and our team. We are also very grateful to the local elected officials who supported our bid, including State Senator Nick Collins, State Representative David Biele, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and State Senator Sal DiDomenico," Bombard added. 

L-R:  Chair of Laboure Advisory Board Bob Kelly, CCAB President Debbie Rambo, President of Harpoon Brewery Charlie Storey, Laboure Director Jack Bombard, Governor Charlie Baker, Representative David Biele and Senator Nick Collins

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 helps provide individuals with a better future.

Learn more about educational programs here.