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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
The Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) under the Adult Education Program of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, provides adults with the opportunity to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training and reach his/her full potential as a family member, productive worker an citizen. ACLS funds programs in Massachusetts to provide educational services to adults with academic skill levels below 12th grade, and/or adults who need English language skills to succeed in our communities. Through both federal and state grants, we fund a broad network of education providers/programs, including local school systems, community-based agencies, community colleges, libraries, volunteer organizations, correctional facilities, and others. ACLS also funds family literacy and workplace education programs. In addition to ABE classes, ACLS funds innovative projects to enhance programs' delivery of services, including curriculum frameworks, health education, English Language Civics, community planning, distance learning, family literacy, workplace education, and technology.