AACA provides English for Speakers of Other Languages courses at employers’ work sites to educate their workforce. Through these educational opportunities, incumbent employees have the opportunity to excel in their current work assignments and acquire the skills necessary for further training in their fields of interest, thus strengthening their earning potential by being able to advance up the career ladder. Other classes that may be offered through the Workplace Education program in the future may include, but are not limited to adult basic education (reading, writing, and math), Spanish, and computer skills.
In recent years, AACA has provided workplace education at:
- Tufts Medical Center for 6 years
- South Cove Community Health Center in Quincy and Boston for 3 years.
Currently, AACA is providing ESOL classes for employees at China Pearl Restaurant in Chinatown. These classes will run for two years, until 2015. They are funded through a Learn At Work grant by the Commonwealth Corporation.
We are also interested in working with employers interested in providing classes to their employees, who may qualify for Workforce Training Fund grants. This is a dedicated trust fund to be used for the training of employees at all levels, created by employers’ payments into the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance. All employers paying into this program qualify for these grants. These trainings could include English at all levels or even specific workplace terminology, computer skills, or Adult Basic Education (math, reading, and writing skills) for those who haven’t completed a High School diploma. N.B. the Workforce Training Fund will NOT pay for the career training required by a particular profession e.g. ongoing education for nursing credentials.
For Information, contact:
Workplace Education Coordinator
617-426-9492 ext. 204