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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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Our Mission:

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.
(Approved by the board 3-6-2017)

Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence

NDEC Lawrence's English language program includes both instructor-led
and self-guided, computer-based classes. ​​​For adults seeking to enroll in English Language Acquisition class,  the emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Topics covered include: navigating community systems, literacy in health, nutrition, finances and workplace behaviors.

LEVELS: Basic, English 1, English 2, English 3 , English 4, English for Work 1, 2, 3



ESL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Program >Program Information > ESL

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Instructors: Various (Morning, Afternoon or Evening Classes)
Cost/Fee: Free to - $75 (See Flyer above)
Requirements: ​Registration and English test to determine appropriate class level

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

Adult Learning Center

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.