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Community Learning Center


The Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC), a division of the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, provides free adult basic education for more than 1,000 people each year.


ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages
Seven levels of English conversation, grammar, reading, and writing.

Adult Basic Education: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Classes at four levels, from beginning reading and math to high school level.

High School Programs: GED and high school equivalency diploma

High School Equivalency Program

This program prepares students to pass the HiSET tests, which are given at an official test center. The Massachusetts Department of Education awards a high school equivalency diploma to everyone who passes.

Bridge to College Program

Bridge to College prepares adult students to succeed in college-level courses. Participants work on their reading, writing, math, computer, and study skills. To graduate, they must complete a portfolio of their work, including essays, a research paper, college application, and a personal statement.

One-on-one Tutoring

Students enrolled at CLC can meet regularly, one-on-one, with one of CLC’s 60 volunteer tutors for extra help with class work.

Career Counseling

CLC students at intermediate and advanced instructional levels work on a plan for their further education and careers. They define their job values and skills, identify careers of interest, research those careers, and lay out a series of steps towards their goals. After working on their plans in class, they may have several individual meetings with an advisor to further develop their plans and start taking their first steps.

Computer Instruction

CLC students can practice their reading, writing, and math skills on the computer and learn basic computer operations and word processing skills.

Citizenship Preparation

Many students realize their dream of attaining U.S. citizenship every year with the help of the CLC Citizenship Preparation class. The class readies students for their naturalization interviews by teaching the information they will be questioned about and coaches them on interview skills.

Click here for detailed information on Community Learning Center programs and schedules.