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The Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program (JPCCALP) is the ideal way to develop your skills in English, math, reading, and writing, and make progress towards your educational goals. We offer free, day, evening, face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes convenient for busy adults. ALP is a full-service program where students can begin at any level and advance to college.

Adult Learning Program currently offers Career & College Pathways and has partnered with various community organizations and institutions of higher learning. Our programs and career and college pathways are available to all ALP students that retain enrollment through any given semester.

In January 2014, the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) exam replaced the GED (General Education Development) exam in Massachusetts for obtaining a high school credential, accepted by almost all U.S. employers, colleges and universities.

You can enroll in:

  • English classes

  • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)

  • math classes

  • computer classes

  • career and college counseling

  • tutoring

  • citizenship classes

  • HiSET exam prep

  • English Conversation Groups


Welcome to the Adult Learning Program


The information you need to succeed

Message from the Director:


On behalf of our teachers, staff, and administrators, welcome to the Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program (ALP).

Whether you are a new or returning student to ALP, you are well on your way to achieving your educational and career goals. Congratulations on your decision to further your education. Please make the most of our Program and use this time to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally. Teachers, staff, and administrators are here to support you throughout your education. Be active in every aspect of your social life as well as your education and know that we stand ready to help you realize your goals.


Dr. Joyce E. Henderson, 

Adult Learning Program Director


Our Mission


The Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program (ALP), part of the Jamaica Plain community since 1982, was established in response to the demand for basic education, employment-related skill building and ESOL services among local adults. During that time, ALP has provided free education, pre-vocational, and other support services to low and moderate income adults to over 5400 adult learners. Each year, we serve over 300 adults, from 18 years of age and up.

The mission of ALP is to provide an innovative learner-centered, participatory educational program to educationally disadvantaged and Limited English Proficient adults. Our goal is to help students attain the education, skills, and self-reliance that will enable them to more fully participate in their communities and in the education of their children, and will further enhance opportunities for personal development, life-long learning, and economic self-sufficiency. Towards that end, we provide the tools to enable historically disenfranchised individuals and groups to more fully access, utilize, participate in, and impact the resources and development of their communities.

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Certification
for English Language Learners

The CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant Certification for English Language Learners) is a 14 - week, program where learners are actively pursuing CNA and CPR credentials while improving their English language proficiency. The program includes English language instruction, basic mathematics, and clinical/healthcare site instruction. 

Students will receive free training, free books, free scrubs, a free Chromebook, payment for CNA Certification, and job placement.

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