Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program

The Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program (NBABE) has been based at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for over 30 years. In that time it has continuously helped many area adult learners achieve their academic & Career goals. That is the continuing mission of the program. All classes are free and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education; Adult and Community Learning Services.

Classes are held on the lower level of the Freel Library on the MCLA Campus.

 Classes Offered

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)Improve basic reading, writing and math skills
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE)Prepare for the new High School Equivalency Test/GED
  • Blended Learning Prepare for the High School Equivalency Test and college and career & Career Readiness in class & on line 
  • ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes - are for non-fluent English speakers who want to improve their language skills. Curriculum is designed to help with personal, social and business communications & prepare for U.S. citizenship.

College & Career Readiness

  • Bridge to College Build the skills needed to be successful in a post secondary educational environment
  • Employability Skills Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Pre-employment readiness fro students preparing for this entry level health care position
  • Out of School Youth Program. This program is a collaboration with Berkshire Works to provide support for eligible individuals between 16 - 24 years of age.

How to Enroll

To make a referral, please use our Referral Form

All sessions are held on the Lower Level of Freel Library on the MCLA Campus

 Spring 2019 classes have concluded, please contact the Office at 413-662-5330 for information about fall 2019 enrollment and classes. 

Contact information

Thelma Margulies - Program Coordinator

 Phone - 413.662.5310

Robert Bouquet - ABE Generalist

 Phone - 413.662.5330 

 Fax - 413-662-5319





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