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*Please see this page for up-to-date information on our programs and services during COVID-19.*
Our ESOL and ABE classes have ended for the 2019-2020 school year. We are developing plans to resume classes in September 2020, in accordance with state and local public health and education guidelines, and will adapt our class delivery accordingly. If you are interested in registering for ESOL or ABE classes, please email

QCAP’s Adult Education & Workforce Development programs give adults the chance to return to school to learn English and improve their literacy skills, to study for the High School Equivalency Assessment Test (HiSet or GED), and to participate in college and career readiness activities. Small group instruction and an individualized approach create a learning environment that is supportive and successful in assisting students to reach their goals. The program’s highly participatory learning process is enriched by students’ own life experiences. Adult Education staff is committed to providing a supportive setting that focuses on students’ strengths.

English for Speakers of Other Languages and Adult Basic Education classes are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are free of charge to students. Classes meet from September through June at locations in Quincy. Occasionally classes are offered in the summer. QCAP’s Educational and Career Advisers provide support to help students complete their educational and career goals.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • ESOL classes are open to adults who need to improve their English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classes focus on skills needed to succeed in life, career, and post-secondary education.
  • Classes run September to June. Enrollment occurs in September and January.
  • Morning and afternoon class schedules are:
    • Morning program: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday
    • Afternoon program: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 are offered (beginner to advanced). Students are assessed to determine level.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

  • ABE classes are open to adults who did not complete their high school diploma and want to take the HiSET/GED Classes focus on skills needed to pass the HiSET exam and succeed in life, career, and post-secondary education.
  • Classes run September to June. Enrollment occurs in September and January.
  • Evening class schedules are 6:00 PM -9:00 PM, Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 3 levels are offered (Adult Basic Education, Pre-Adult Secondary Education, and Adult Secondary Education). Students are assessed to determine level.
  • 5 subjects of HiSET test covered: English Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Math, Science and Social Studies.

College & Career Readiness Activities

  • Students in classes have the opportunity to develop a resume and cover letter.
  • Mock interviews are offered quarterly by professionals in finance, technology, and human resources to help students practice their interview skills.
  • College and career fairs are offered to QCAP students and the community in the fall and spring.


  • QCAP is the Outstationing provider for the South Shore region.
  • QCAP’s ABE Education & Career Advisor is stationed at the MassHire South Shore Career Center at 1515 Hancock Street in Quincy 2 days a week to help current and potential adult education students access services by assisting Career Center staff with intake, assessments, and referrals to local adult education programs and connecting eligible Adult Education students who are looking for employment and training opportunities to the Career Center.
  • Outstationing contact: Margaret Doherty,, 617-657-5387
  • MassHire South Shore Career Center:

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Contact Us

Daphne Chen
(617) 657-5386

Adult Basic Education (HiSET) & Outstationing
Margaret Doherty
(617) 657-5387

1509 Hancock Street, 2nd Floor
Quincy, MA 02169