Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory

Educational resources for adults and out-of-school youth, for Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, HiSET preparation and testing, Transition to College, Workplace Education and Family Literacy.

Glossary of Terms

Basic Literacy = Skills needed for reading and writing including: Vocabulary, Spelling and Comprehension.

Basic Skills = Reading, Writing, Math

ESOL = English as a Second Language

HiSet = High School Equivalency Test also know as the GED or General Equivalency Diploma

The Springfield Adult Basic Education (ABE) Partnership is made up of Springfield providers of educational services for adult learners and out-of-school youth and others invested in improving and coordinating these services.  The Directory was created for service providers to make referrals, for potential learners looking for the right program, and for volunteer tutors looking for opportunities to help.

All partners share the conviction that adult basic education is the foundation for individual, community, and economic development. Adults who can realize their own literacy goals and realize their need to seek additional education, are able to support their children’s learning both in school and at home. They will improve their access to better work opportunities and will participate more fully in community and civic life.

This webpage is a current snapshot of educational services for adults and out-of-school youth. Adult Basic Education includes a wide range of services, such as basic literacy, basic mathematics, high school equivalency test preparation and testing, adult diploma program, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), job skills and work readiness training, computer literacy, family literacy, and MCAS help for youth who have competed high school credits but have not passed the required MCAS tests. We know that programs change and services grow and shrink due to changes in funding and priorities, so the Directory will continue to be a work in progress.

There are many other community organizations that offer support services for adult learners; however, not all of these organizations are listed. An excellent resource for a wide range of critical community services that adult learners need to meet their educational goals is Massachusetts 211 (Simply Dial 2-1-1). It is available 24 hours a day, is multilingual, and it can be found online at www.mass211help.org.

If you know of a program that offers ABE services, and it is not listed please feel free to send your comments, suggestions, and corrections, as well to Kim Sheridan at ksheridan@springfieldlibrary.org. Your feedback will aid in making the Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory a useful tool.

Quick Overview - Adult Basic Education Services
Basic LiteracyComputer LiteracyESOLFamily / Life SkillsHiSet/GED PrepWorkplace
Gandara Center – Life Skills Literacy
The Gray HouseFamily and Life Skills Literacy
New England Farm Workers’ Council, Youth Programs – Life Skills Literacy
Springfield City Library, Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center – Life Skills Literacy
Springfield Housing Authority Life Skills Literacy
YWCA of Western Massachusetts – Life Skills Literacy

Gandara Center -Multiple Locations

Contact: Lisa Brecher, info@gandaracenter.org
Phone: (413) 736-8329
Eligibility Requirements: Vary between programs.
Programs/Services: Housing Insecurity, Computer Literacy, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Parenting Skills, Workplace Education / Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Housing
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.


The Gray House – 22 Sheldon Street, Springfield

Contact: J. Aisha Mathews, Education@grayhouse.org
Phone: (413) 734-6696
Eligibility Requirements: Only survival level skills are taught: Literacy, Beginner ESL Literacy and High Beginner ESL Literacy. Citizenship classes require an Intermediate or higher level of English. There is a $20 materials and commitment fee to begin any class.
Programs/Services: Basic Literacy, Basic Math, Reading, & Writing, Citizenship, Computer Literacy, ESOL, Family Literacy, Life Skills / Literacy
Support Services: Child Care
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.


Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, After Incarceration Support Systems
Phone: (413) 781-2050 ext. 8300
Eligibility Requirements: Any resident of Hampden County with any Incarceration History is eligible. No Charge to Clients
Programs/Services: ESOL, HiSet / GED Preparation, HiSet / GED Test Center, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College


New England Farm Workers’ Council, Youth Programs – 1628-1640 Main Street, Springfield

Contact:  Ana West,  awest@partnersforcommunity.org
Phone: (413) 272-2280
Eligibility Requirements: Ages 16-24, High School Dropout. No Cost.
Programs/Services: Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Pre – HiSet /  GED, HiSet / GED Prep for Out of School Youth, Transition to College, Workplace Education / Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Payment of HiSet exam, Paid Work Experience, Career Exploration
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


Springfield City Library, Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center –  204 Boston Road, Springfield

Contact: Janet Kelly, jkelly@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: 413-263-6839
Eligibility Requirements: None, Free
Programs/Services: Basic Skills, Life Skills


Springfield City Library – 220 State Street, Springfield

Contact: Matthew Vasquez Jaquith, mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: (413) 263-6828
Eligibility Requirements: Free
Programs/Services: Computer Literacy
Accepting Volunteers: Yes

Additional Information: The Springfield City Library offers free, weekly computer classes throughout the year from January-November. Workshops include basic computer literacy (e.g. mouse skills, text editing, web skills, etc.), and introductory Microsoft Office skills.


Springfield City Library, Springfield Literacy Volunteers204 Boston Road, Springfield

Contact: Raeshaun Holmes, rholmes@springfieldlibrary.org
Phone: 413-263-6839
Eligibility Requirements: None, Free
Program/Services: ESOL, One-to-One Tutoring for Adult Learners
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


Springfield Public Schools Adult Education Center – 204 Boston  Road, Springfield

Contact: Angela Negron, negronan@springfieldpublicschools.com
Phone: 413-787-7210
Eligibility Requirements: No cost for residents of the City of Springfield. Individuals residing outside of the City of Springfield may register to take the HiSet test at no charge. Adult Basic Education and ESOL classes for residents outside of the City of Springfield are available only if the individual enrolls in the Ahead of the Game program.
Programs/Services: ESOL, HiSet / GED Preparation, HiSet / GED Test Center, Workplace Education / Partnerships. Case management and mentoring for students enrolled in our HiSet preparation classes, ESOL classes and Ahead of the Game program.
Support Services: Transportation – offered in the form of bus tokens for some programs.
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.

Additional Information: Our program is fully aligned with the State of Massachusetts and national academic standards for adults. Instructors and staff are professionally trained in adult education. A variety of teaching methods and resources are used to help individuals attain certain benchmarks to advance to the next class. The length of time you will spend at any level will vary depending on your individual progress. Every student is assigned an Education and Career Advisor to help them achieve their education and career goals.


Springfield Housing Authority160 Nursery Street, Springfield

Contact: Sarah Carbone, scarbone@shamass.org
Phone: 413-785-4738
Eligibility Requirements:
None – Open to all Greater Springfield area residents, Free
Programs/Services:
Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet/GED Preparation, Housing Insecurity, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, Pre – HiSet/GED, HiSet/GED Prep for Out of School Youth
Support Services:
Housing


Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield Adult Learning Center1 Armory Square, Suite 1, Springfield

Contact: Barbara Bradbury, bbradbury@stcc.edu
Phone: 413-755-4300 (call to reserve space)
Eligibility Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16-17 years old may apply with consent of parent/guardian. Free
Program/Services: Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet/GED Preparation,  Pre-HiSet/GED, HiSet/GED Prep for Out of School Youth, Transition to College,  Workforce Education/Partnerships
Support Services: Counseling, Transportation, Test Language available in Spanish

Springfield Technical Community College, Gateway to College
Phone: (41 3) 755-4581
Program/Services: Gateway to College is a competitive scholarship program funded through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education .

The cost of tuition, books and most fees are covered by the scholarship. In addition, you’ll have an academic counselor dedicated to your success. Your academic counselor will guide you through the college experience; teach you about careers, organization and time management; and provide you with referrals to community resources.

Springfield Technical Community College, HiSet/GED Exams
Phone: (413) 755-4507 – Computer Testing, (413) 755-4709 – Written Testing

STCC has partnered with the Educational Testing Service to offer high school equivalency tests (the HiSET) to adults who are at least 18 years old and have not previously received a high school diploma (16 and 17-year-olds may take the test only if they are no longer enrolled in school).


Training Resources of America, Inc. – 32-34 Hampden Street, Ground Floor, Springfield

Contact: Jynai McDonald, jmcdonald@tra-inc.org
Phone: (413) 732-2223
Eligibility Requirements: None,  No Cost for Participants
Programs/Services: Adult Diploma, Basic Literacy, Basic Math, Reading & Writing, College and Career Advising, Computer Literacy, ESOL, HisSe t/ GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College, Workplace Education
Accepting Volunteers: Yes


YWCA of Western Massachusetts – 1 Clough Street, Springfield

Contact: Jenniefer Murphy, jmurphy@ywworks.org
Phone: (413) 732-3121
Eligibility Requirements: Serve Ages 16-24, High School Drop Out, No Cost for Participants
Programs/Services: Adult Diploma Program, Computer Literacy, HiSet / GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Life Skills / Literacy, HiSet / GED Preparation for Out of School Youth, Transition to College, Workplace Education / Partnerships.

YouthBuild Program: Offers HiSet classes in conjunction with vocational training in construction or in Allied Health. Students participating in these programs will receive case management services, a credential in the construction or Allied Health field, transition support to work/post-secondary education/training, paid internships, and work readiness training.

Support Services: Transportation
Accepting Volunteers: Yes, Training provided.

Additional Area Services


Westover Job Corps Center, US Department of Labor – 103 Johnson Road, Chicopee
Phone: (413) 593-4248
Program/Services: Basic Literacy, Computer Literacy, ESOL, HiSet  / GED Preparation, Job Search / Readiness, Transition to College

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

For information & referrals for adult learners: Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline – 1-800-447-8844

Supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services