Notre Dame Education Center

A Bridge of Hope for Adult Learning

Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence (NDEC-L) is an inclusive community of learning where diverse, underserved adults enrich their lives through education and gain the tools necessary for enhanced professional opportunity and community engagement. NDEC-L provides English language and citizenship classes, skills training and leadership development – tuition free or low-cost – in a learning environment that is welcoming, respectful and dignified.

Academic Excellence

Discovery and Learning

At Notre Dame Education Center, we believe that an effective education doesn’t just come from memorizing or lecturing. We encourage and support students to lead their learning process through discussion, collaboration, and active engagement.

Our Programs

Knowledge for Every Level

NDEC Lawrence's programs cover a range of educational opportunities for those looking to advance their proficiency in English and prepare for work, citizenship, and life in Massachusetts and in the United States. Over the years, we have helped adult students of all ages boost their education and surpass their academic goals. 

English Classes (ESOL)

This FREE program includes face-to-face and virtual classes for adults who speak other languages. The classes are designed so that students develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English while also learning about critical topics such as health, nutrition, finances, civics, and employment.

Nursing Assistant Training

In this comprehensive high-quality training program, we prepare compassionate caregivers for employment as nursing assistants and to pass the state certification exam.  Our curriculum also includes certifications in Home Health Aide, Basic Life Support, and Dementia (8-hours). Our program is subsidized by grants,  local foundations, and private donations, so that the cost to students remains relatively low.

Citizenship Exam Preparation

Our supportive 8-week citizenship classes include preparation for the Citizenship Interview and Exam:

  • Reading, writing, conversation

  • U.S. History

  • U.S. Government

  • Interview preparation help

Our Donors

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We are grateful to The Women's Fund of Essex County, a field of interest fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, for their $10,000 award to Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence to support our Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid Training.  THANK YOU, ECCF Women's Fund!

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