In 1859, five Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur came to St. Mary's in the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to establish a ministry of education, social services and pastoral care for the diverse Italian and Irish immigrant population.

One hundred thirty seven years later, St. Mary's High School closed.

After doing a needs assessment in 1996, the Sisters of Notre Dame, eager to continue their work with the immigrants of Lawrence, established the Notre Dame Education Center. Together with the Lawrence community, we are making known in our time that “God is good,” a message imprinted in the hearts of many for 150 uninterrupted years of presence and service from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the people of Lawrence.

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The Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence (NDEC) is a community of learning where low-income  adults are empowered to improve and enrich their lives and the lives of their families in an environment that is welcoming, respectful and dignified.  Through access to quality direct services, collaboration and advocacy for positive change, NDEC provides goal-oriented education, skills training, language and literacy development, enrichment opportunities and support services.  NDEC assists and supports adult learners to achieve their next steps and reach their full potential as productive, contributing workers in the community and in society.
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The Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence (NDEC-L) is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 1996, dedicated to empowering low-income, under-educated adults in Lawrence, MA to improve their lives and the lives of their families. NDEC-Lawrence is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

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   PH  978 . 682 . 6441   |   354 Merrimack Street  |  Suite 210   |   Lawrence MA  01843    | FAX  978 . 974 .  9840

The Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC-L), located in Lawrence, Massachusetts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization established by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1997. Its primary goal is to educate low-income, under-educated adults and empower them to improve their lives and those of their families. Our mission is as follows:

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Our students at NDEC - Lawrence hail from many parts of the globe, bringing together a wonderful mix of culture, language, tradition, and aspiration.

Adult literacy and the development of self-esteem provide students with the life skills that support family growth, employment opportunities and community participation.


The students want to better their lives by becoming citizens, getting a drivers license, buying a house, or getting a new job, but they don’t always know where to begin. We show them how to take manageable steps toward creating the life they want in this country.



Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC-L), located in Lawrence, Massachusetts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization established by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1997. Its primary goal is to educate low-income, under-educated adults and empower them to improve their lives and those of their families. Our mission is to:
• Promote a quality of life through
education
• Collaborate with people in the community to   

   facilitate improved services to immigrants in

   the area
• Generate a spirit of welcome and respect for

   the dignity of each person
• Provide for the development of self-esteem 

  and literacy that will support employment 

  opportunities, a better family life and 

  participation within the community.
• Develop diverse and integrated educational 

  programs including: English for Speakers of

  Other Languages (ESOL), computer training,

  distance learning in English, Nursing

  Assistant/Home Health Aide (NAP/HHA)  training and preparation for both the computerized High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), General Educational Development (GED) and the citizenship interview. Tutoring and academic career coaching are provided as needed.