Free English Language Program for Adult Learners Starts this Fall at NECC in Lawrence

Free English classes for adult English language learners, who want to further their education or employment opportunities, will be offered at Northern Essex Community college beginning in September.

This 16-week program is for English language learners who would like to explore careers in health care, technology, engineering, or advanced manufacturing. The goal of the program is to support these learners while preparing them to further their education or training by focusing on helping them acquire the academic skills, career readiness skills, and information necessary to gain access to a career pathway. Students will improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and math skills as well as workplace communication and technology skills.

To enroll in this program, individuals must possess an intermediate or higher level of English language skills. Admission is based on a placement test given at registration.

Individuals interested in the program are invited to attend one of the Adult Career Pathways Program registration days held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 10, 24, 30, and 31 at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, Building 9, Entrance K, Room 309.

Classes, offered through NECC’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Preparation, will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information please contact Marsha Parinussa-Flynn, coordinator ESOL Programs, 978-659-1279, or Nancy Tariot, education and career advisor, 978-659-1273.

This program is funded by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  More than 7,400 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 6,700 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts. For more information, visit the website at

Tom Duggan

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