Adult Education & Training

The Adult Education and Training Center at Mount Wachusett Community College offers free classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE), high school equivalency preparation, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) among others.


ESOL Programs & Resources
High School Equivalency & CNA Certification
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Certification
ESL / CNA Training Program
ESL Child Development Associate (CDA)
HiSet & GED Preparation
Testing Services
Transition to Community College Program

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Mount Wachusett Community College English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program provides free English classes for adult learners whose native language is not English. Beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes are offered in the morning and evening. Classes focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar and conversation. The ESOL program prepares students to develop the language skills required to communicate effectively in the community, workplace and in their daily lives and to use English for entering college, job training and career advancement. All instruction is in English. Students must be at least 16 years old.

For more information, contact us at aet@mwcc.mass.edu.

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General ESOL Resources

For free self-paced tutorials offered in a variety of topics from technology, math, work and career to everyday life, click here.

To improve your communication skills at work, click here.

Offers free instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lessons focus on practical skills related to everyday life, family, health, and the workplace. USA Learns Citizenship is a free online course, delivered within the USA Learns site, to access, click here.

Information about Citizenship

The USCIS Citizenship Resource Center offers official information on naturalization requirements, the application and the citizenship test, to access, click here.


High School Equivalency and CNA Certification

Don’t miss out on a career opportunity because you don’t have your high school equivalency. Our Adult Education and Training Healthcare Pathway program will help you improve your reading, writing and math skills in preparation for the MA High School Equivalency Assessment (HiSET or GED).

  • Classes are held Monday through Thursday mornings
  • Develop skills that will help you get employed
  • First Aid and CPR certification included
  • One-on-One Academic and Career Advising
  • FREE of Charge! thanks to State grant funding

Upon successful completion of the program assessment, you will be prepared to take the high school equivalency exam and sit for the MA Nurse Assistants Exam.

For more information and the program schedule please contact 978-630-9831 or AET@mwcc.mass.edu


Certified Nurse Assistant Training (CNA) Program

  • Completely FREE for eligible individuals
  • Take the first steps toward building a career in healthcare
  • Obtain employment in a high demand field!
  • Participants will also obtain their 2-year certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED
  • After successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the practical and written certification exams to become a certified nurse assistant in Massachusetts

For more information and the program schedule please contact 978-630-9831 or AET@mwcc.mass.edu


ESL/Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Combined Course

The Adult Education and Training Program offers a unique course that allows students, whose first language is not English, to train to become a Certified Nurse Assistant while attending ESL classes.  Students must be able to demonstrate language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) at an intermediate level or above.  Students receive career training in a high-demand healthcare field.  Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain their 2-year certifications in CPR & First Aid, AED and sit for the Massachusetts Nurse Aide State Exam.  This program is completely free, including training materials.

Classes are offered during the evening on the Devens Campus.

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For more information and the program schedule please contact 978-630-9831 or AET@mwcc.mass.edu


ESL/CDA – Child Development Associate Training

This course allows students whose first language is not English to receive their Child Development Associate credential. Students must be able to demonstrate language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing – at an intermediate level or above. Students must work or be willing to work at a licensed child care facility.

  • Grant-funded program is free to qualified students
  • Students may qualify for a stipend to cover the cost of child care and transportation
  • Get career training in a high demand field
  • Improve your writing skills
  • Classes are held during evenings to make it easier for students to work at a childcare center during the day
  • Students who successfully complete the program (including 480 work/volunteer hours) will meet the state requirements to work as EEC Lead Teacher at preschool centers in Massachusetts and receive 10 college credits.

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For more information and the program schedule please contact 978-630-9831 or AET@mwcc.mass.edu


Preparation for Hi-Set and GED Testing

The Adult Education Program with Mount Wachusett Community College offers free GED and HiSET preparation classes. Our program offers both daytime and nighttime options for GED and HiSET preparation at all three MWCC campuses (Gardner, Leominster, and Devens). For more information on class times and schedules, please review below. For more information on signing up for our programs placement test and our enrollment process for these classes, please call the Adult Education Program at 978-630-9831.

Adult Education Schedule for HiSET and GED Preparation Classes

Leominster Daytime Classes

ASE Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:30 pm
Pre-ASE Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Leominster Nighttime Classes

ABE, Pre-ASE and ASE Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
ASE Hybrid (Online) Monday (in-person and 3 hours online) 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Gardner Daytime Classes

Pre-ASE and ASE Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm

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Resources for Adult Education:

Khan Academy

Hi-Set Free Practice Test

Digital Readwork


Testing Services

Testing services at MWCC are offered through our Testing Department. Our Testing Department provides students, faculty, and the greater community with a securely monitored testing environment. Our services are in compliance with the Professional Standards and Guidelines of the NCTA (National College Testing Association). Click to go to the Testing Department Page


Transitions to Community College Program

The Transition to College program provides free access to college courses and support services for students transitioning to Mount Wachusett Community College from an Adult Learning Center.  The program provides students with the opportunity to take classes based on their Accuplacer results on any MWCC campus as either a part-time or a full-time student.  Students are eligible for two semesters in the Transition to College program.

Each student chooses an area of study with emphasis in the following areas:

For more information, contact Kim Kayser, the Transition to College Coordinator, at kkayser@mwcc.mass.edu or 978-630-9832.