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Our Mission

The mission of the Friends of the Community Learning Center is to raise private funds and public awareness in support of the Community Learning Center (CLC) in Cambridge.

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Make Donations

Change a Life, Make a Donation, Become a Friend Support the Community Learning Center’s free adult basic education programs through membership in the Friends, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Help & support

CLC needs volunteers who are willing to commit to working 1.5 hours each week for at least six months as tutors or classroom aides, or you can also donate for helping adult learners.

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Our Programs

The Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC), a division of the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, provides free adult basic education for more than 1,000 people each year.

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1000+ Students

From 60-70 countries

90% immigrants

75% of which are Female students

60% have jobs

More than 400 students on waiting list

  • STUDENT STORIES

    Dreams to College

    Scholarship Winners and Graduates Follow Their Dreams to College

    Determined to build better lives for themselves and their families, many CLC adult learners will not stop short of a college education. The Friends of the Community Learning Center helps these ambitious students follow their dreams by providing college scholarships from the Jacobs Foundation, the Paul F. Ebbitt Scholarship, the Sarah & Lillian Mothers Memorial Scholarship for Young Adults, the Elena Baan Scholarship, and Friends funds to graduates of CLC’s ESOL, GED, and Adult Diploma programs. Most have also participated in CLC’s Bridge to College transition program that prepares adult students for the challenges of college study. The colleges they attend include Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, Cambridge College, Anna Maria College, and Simmons College.

  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Maria Kefallinou

    Director

    Born and raised in Greece, Maria Kefallinou has more than 30 years experience in the Adult Education field as a teacher, counselor, grant writer and administrator. She worked as the Director of ABE at the Haitian Multi-Service Center until 2004 when she moved with her family to Central MA and worked with Central SABES. She worked as the Director of ABE at Quisigamond Community College from 2005 until June, 2016. She started working at CLC in July, 2017. CLC is a program that looks ahead and is ready to embrace promising and exciting change while, at the same time, it has its roots in reality and professionalism. It is a place that offers growth for both its employees and the Cambridge residents that it serves. CLC helps people change their lives and make their dreams come true! “Education transforms people’s lives; it makes better people, better citizens and workers. It allows parents to offer the best to their children. An indicator of a child’s success in school is the education of the parents. Educated adults are powerful role models for their children and their community. In addition, most jobs now require a high level of education and skills. Education helps people to become financially independent, to support their families and to contribute to the growth and well-being of the community.” Maria Kefallinou

  • SPECIAL INITIATIVES

    Career and leadership

    Building on CLC's educational core

    Career Pathways offers 25 immigrants each year the opportunity to hop on the health care career ladder through CLC’s ESOL/Certified Nurse Assistant program. Classes cover English, math, and career planning. The Leadership Development Program offers CLC students the opportunity to earn while they learn and acquire computer, presentation, and leadership skills that are useful in the workplace. Distance Learning - With a grant from the Cambridge Community Foundation, the CLC has embarked on an innovative distance learning project for English language learners who are unable to attend regular ESOL classes. Some are parents who are home with young children and some have complicated work schedules. The Family Literacy Program - All parents want their children to succeed in school. But many — especially those with limited English proficiency or low literacy skills are unsure what they can do to help their children learn.

Dreams to College

Scholarship Winners and Graduates Follow Their Dreams to College

Determined to build better lives for themselves and their families, many CLC adult learners will not stop short of a college education. The Friends of the Community Learning Center helps these ambitious students follow their dreams by providing college scholarships from the Jacobs Foundation, the Paul F. Ebbitt Scholarship, the Sarah & Lillian Mothers Memorial Scholarship for Young Adults, the Elena Baan Scholarship, and Friends funds to graduates of CLC’s ESOL, GED, and Adult Diploma programs. Most have also participated in CLC’s Bridge to College transition program that prepares adult students for the challenges of college study. The colleges they attend include Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, Cambridge College, Anna Maria College, and Simmons College.

Maria Kefallinou

Director

Born and raised in Greece, Maria Kefallinou has more than 30 years experience in the Adult Education field as a teacher, counselor, grant writer and administrator. She worked as the Director of ABE at the Haitian Multi-Service Center until 2004 when she moved with her family to Central MA and worked with Central SABES. She worked as the Director of ABE at Quisigamond Community College from 2005 until June, 2016. She started working at CLC in July, 2017. CLC is a program that looks ahead and is ready to embrace promising and exciting change while, at the same time, it has its roots in reality and professionalism. It is a place that offers growth for both its employees and the Cambridge residents that it serves. CLC helps people change their lives and make their dreams come true! “Education transforms people’s lives; it makes better people, better citizens and workers. It allows parents to offer the best to their children. An indicator of a child’s success in school is the education of the parents. Educated adults are powerful role models for their children and their community. In addition, most jobs now require a high level of education and skills. Education helps people to become financially independent, to support their families and to contribute to the growth and well-being of the community.” Maria Kefallinou

Career and leadership

Building on CLC's educational core

Career Pathways offers 25 immigrants each year the opportunity to hop on the health care career ladder through CLC’s ESOL/Certified Nurse Assistant program. Classes cover English, math, and career planning. The Leadership Development Program offers CLC students the opportunity to earn while they learn and acquire computer, presentation, and leadership skills that are useful in the workplace. Distance Learning - With a grant from the Cambridge Community Foundation, the CLC has embarked on an innovative distance learning project for English language learners who are unable to attend regular ESOL classes. Some are parents who are home with young children and some have complicated work schedules. The Family Literacy Program - All parents want their children to succeed in school. But many — especially those with limited English proficiency or low literacy skills are unsure what they can do to help their children learn.

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