Joan Brack Adult Learning Center

Program Description/Services

The Joan Brack Adult Learning Center is a supportive, educational community that is interactive, fosters cooperative learning, and is individualized around the learning style of each student.

FREE classes offered by JBALC include:

  • English as a Second Language (Daytime Only)
  • GED/HiSET Classes
  • Class Descriptions

    English as a Second Language:

  • Beginner and Intermediate classes.
    • Meet twice a week for a total of four hours of class time a week.
    • Teaches grammar, reading, writing, listening, and pronunciation skills.
  • Advanced Conversation classes meet once a week for 1.5 hours.
  • 10-week sessions offered four times a year.
  • Currently on Zoom only.
  • Classes are offered during the day. There are NO night classes.
  • GED/HiSet:

  • Students must already be able to read and use a computer.
  • Students must be willing to complete homework assignments outside of class.
  • Classes cover only the material needed to pass the high school equivalency subject area tests: reading comprehension, grammar and essay writing, math, social studies, and science.
  • Currently offering a private tutoring format only.
  • 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

    Ann Colvin Vance, GED Coordinator:
    Mary Meany, ESL Program Manager: 508-740-5645 or

    Program Location

    10 Roxanna St - Framingham

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers must have the patience to work with students who come from a variety of backgrounds and may have learning disabilities. Successful volunteer candidates show respect for everyone and have enthusiasm for helping others.Please indicate whether you are interested in helping out with ESL and/or GED classes.

    Donations Accepted

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

    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.