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.
Catholic Charities El Centro del Cardenal 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.
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
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.
English as a Second Language
Those whose first language is not English can pursue their education through English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes offered through El Centro del Cardenal in Jamaica Plain, the ELLA (English Language Learning Academy) Program in Lynn and the English Transcultural Center in Brockton. With the goal of empowering adults by increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ESOL classes include practical, dynamic instruction.