In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media. An updated press release was submitted on SATURDAY.
FRAMINGHAM: Framingham Adult ESL+, a non-profit adult educational program based in Middlesex County MA, is excited to announce that it will be opening a new in-person learning location in Milford, Massachusetts just in time for the 2023 Fall semester.
The program will be housed by Milford Public Schools at Milford’s Stacy Middle School, and will offer four evening ESL classes to the local community at no cost to students.
With a growing need for adult education services throughout Worcester county, Framingham Adult ESL+ is eager to work with community partners to bring its proven curriculum to Milford, and is committed to providing the same high-quality education to local residents as it has for decades in the MetroWest region.
Currently, many Milford residents study with FAESL because it is the closest publicly-funded adult education program to the town of Milford.
By offering classes in Milford, it will allow these adult students to study closer to their home, while also opening up much-needed seats at the Framingham site.
With over 1,000 current students, Framingham Adult ESL+ has been providing free English classes, High School Equivalency classes, and classes to prepare students for the US Citizenship test since 1984.
This Spring 2023 semester, in response to the Work and Family Mobility Act, the program is piloting a class to prepare students for the Massachusetts driver’s license test.
This expansion is made possible through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Adult and Community Learning Services (MA DESE, ACLS) and the FAESL Student Advisory Council. Framingham Adult ESL was awarded this grant through an open and competitive process for funding in the MassHire Central workforce region. Funding for these classes is independent from Framingham Public Schools, and does not draw funding from the Metro Southwest region. The grant application was designed with cooperation and support from the administration of Milford Public Schools.
“At Framingham Adult ESL+, we believe that education is a powerful tool in empowering community members to reach their full potential,” said Kevin O’Connor, the director of the program. “We are honored to be able to serve the community of Milford, and we look forward to working with community partners in Worcester county to make a positive impact in the region.”
New students can enroll for the fall semester with registration starting in August, 2023. For more information on Framingham Adult ESL+, visit faesl.org.
Established in 1984, FAESL Plus provides education and support to those who want to make a successful transition into American society and develop the academic skills necessary to meet their goals. In addition to English classes, they offer a wide range of opportunities for every student, including classes in citizenship, computer technology, family literacy, adult basic education, and High School Equivalency. Their philosophy is to provide each student with the language skills necessary to achieve personal success at home, at work, and in the community. The majority of funding is from State and Federal grants. However, the program is still dependent on community and private donations, as well as fund raising to maintain services. The FAESL Plus program operates as a department of Framingham Public Schools, which provides space and support for the classes.