Joan Brack Adult Learning Center

Program Description/Services

Located within the Opportunity Center, the Joan Brack Adult Learning Center (JBALC) provides free GED classes for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Classes are designed to help students prepare to take the GED exam. The JBALC is a supportive, educational community that is interactive, fosters cooperative learning and is individualized around the learning style of each student. Classes are offered Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 3pm.

Young Parents Program: The Young Parents Program is a 20 hour a week GED program and provides an afternoon of parenting and literacy instruction by a qualified parenting instructor. You must be under 22 with at least one chuild and working with the DTA to be considered for the program. The hours of the program are the same as GED: Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm.

English as a Second Language: ESL classes are offered year round for those who are seeking to improve their English language skills. Class times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am-noon. Come to the Opportunity Center at SMOC (2nd floor) to fill out an application. Classes are free.

For more information on GED, YPP and ESL classes call 508-620-2677

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective students must fill out an application and take a placement test. Class space is limited and there may be a waiting list.

Contact Information

Andrew Marshall, GED Coordinator 508-872-6570
Taryn Barros, ESL Coordinator 508-620-2676

Program Location

The Opportunity Center
7 Bishop Street - Framingham

Volunteer Opportunities

Call (508) 620-2677 for information about opportunities to volunteer as a tutor. Tutors must have the patience to work with students who come from a variety of backgrounds and may have learning disabilities. Familiarity with the GED is helpful. Tutors are generally needed for the subject areas of: Math and Writing.

Donations Accepted

Financial donations are greatly appreciated and may be made to SMOC - Joan Brack Adult Learning Center.

Annual Statistics

In 2014, 22 students obtained their GED.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council will improve equity, wellness and quality of life for diverse individuals and families by providing advocacy, education, and a wide range of services; building a community of support and inclusion; and creating awareness to combat poverty through partnerships and coalitions with other organizations.