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Building Community through Service

Moving to a new place is hard. Finding a sense of community and connection in a new city can be even harder.  

Hasret is a grandmother and CLC student in Level 2 English class. She wanted a meaningful way to practice her English. She started volunteering at the food pantry of her granddaughter's school. “Community service projects make me think more,” says Hasret. “I like the fact that the people who we help have their life stories. I love to help them.”  

Hasret told her English class about her experience at the food pantry. Her classmates got excited, and some were interested in volunteering too. Now two classmates join Hasret to help with food distribution at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House. “I am very impressed by the volunteering spirit of people, [some] who also have financial difficulties,” says Slava, another CLC English student. "They still volunteer, and they come with a smile to help.” 

These students are building a sense of community and connection by volunteering in the community. They are also getting the chance to improve their English skills – win-win! 

If you want to volunteer at CLC and connect with our learning community, you can join the Friends of CLC or serve as a class aide or student tutor. You can find other ways to get involved in the community through the organization Cambridge Volunteers.  

Photo courtesy of Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program

Our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program can help you start your career as a health professional. The program has in-person and online training. There is also hands-on clinical experience.

Students are dual enrolled at the Community Learning Center and Labouré College of Healthcare. The program is free.

Track 1: for participants who are English language learners

  • Must be an English language learner (intermediate or higher)
  • Next program starts in February.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Thursday, February 1, 3 - 4 p.m.

Track 2: for participants who are fluent in English

  • Must be a Cambridge resident 
  • Recruitment for 2024 program is closed.

Sign up to be contacted when the program starts recruiting for Spring 2025.

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High School Equivalency Prep Program (GED/HiSET) |

Math and Reading Classes

We have free classes for adults who want to go back to school or continue their studies. Our classes meet from 6:15 - 9:15 p.m. two or three times a week. We offer reading, math, and science classes.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 2, 6 - 8 p.m.

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English (ESOL) Program

We have free classes for adults who want to improve their English. Our classes meet from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or from 6:15 - 9:15 p.m. two or three times a week. We offer basic to intermediate level classes.

Sign up for an information session at 5 Western Ave.:

  • Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Monday, March 25, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
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Join Our Team

We have different positions open. We are looking for teachers, administrative assistants, and community-based outreach workers. CLC staff are committed, talented, and hardworking. Our work is guided by the CLC’s mission to help adult learners transform their lives.

We are also looking for volunteers! People volunteer as class aides and tutors. If you are interested, you can fill out this interest form.

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The Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC) seeks to empower a diverse community of adult learners to transform their lives and realize their potential through education, skills development, and community participation. CLC is a division of the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP). It is also a part of Public Adult Education of Massachusetts.

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