Adult Basic Education Program

Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program

The Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program (NBABE) 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.

All in person Adult Education Program classes have been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester, as a result of the Corona virus. We will be contacting students to discuss a plan to assist you in continuing to move forward with continuing your studies. Please contact the office at 413-662-5386 or 413-662-5330 with any questions.

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 for students preparing for this entry level health care position
  • Out of School Youth Program. This program is a collaboration with MasHire Berkshire Career Center 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

Enrollment for fall 2019 is currently taking place. Fall classes will begin on Monday, September 9th, please call 413-662-5330 for more information.

Contact information

Robert Bouquet - Program Director
Phone - 413-662-5386 or 413-662-5330
Fax - 413-662-5319



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