Our Programs


QCAP’s Adult Education & Workforce Development programs help adult learners take the next step towards their education and employment goals.

Classes Offered FREE OF CHARGE:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help English learners improve speaking and writing skills.
  • High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) preparation for adults without a high school diploma. Includes college and career readiness activities.

Classes meet online or at our office in Quincy Center from September through June.

ESOL and HiSET classes are supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and are FREE of charge to students. Classes meet online or at our office in Quincy Center from September through June.

Small group instruction and an individualized approach create a learning environment that is supportive and successful in assisting students to reach their goals. Adult Education staff is committed to providing a supportive setting that focuses on students’ strengths. In addition to the skills learned in class, QCAP students also meet regularly with Educational and Career Advisers, who help students identify and work towards their education and employment goals.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Classes currently enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year!
  • Four levels: Basic (Level 1), Low Intermediate (Level 2), High Intermediate (Level 3), and Advanced (Level 4). A student’s level will be determined by an intake interview and placement exam.
  • Class Schedule – September 2023 to June 2024:

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (in person)

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (in person)

Tuesday/Friday 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (online)

  • Seat availability may depend on a student’s level and schedule. If a seat is not available at a student’s desired level and schedule, they will be put on a waitlist and contacted when a seat opens.
  • For more information, contact our ESOL team at ESOL@qcap.org  or by phone at 617-657-5386.

MassSTEP (Skills – Training – Education – Program)

QCAP partners with Quincy College to provide the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ MassSTEP program, with support from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This program is designed to help adult learners with an interest in the Information Technology (IT) field take their first steps into the industry. 

Students attend two college-level, credit-bearing classes at Quincy College, which is supplemented by an IT-focused Adult Basic Education class taught by QCAP instructors.

The program’s objective is for students to prepare for, take, and pass the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ exam. This foundational credential helps job seekers obtain entry-level employment in the IT field, and is a stepping stone towards obtaining more advanced technical certifications in the future.

QCAP and Quincy College are also in the process of planning an additional certification program in the Accounting field for a QuickBooks credential. We expect this program to begin in January of 2024, and more details on this opportunity will be posted as it develops.

Learn more.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) – HiSET/GED Classes

    • Our ABE /HiSET classes meet in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays online from 6PM to 9PM.
    • Three levels of instruction are offered (Adult Basic Education, Pre-Adult Secondary Education, and Adult Secondary Education). Students will take a placement exam to to determine their level.
    • Classes run September to June. Enrollment occurs on an open basis until classes are full.
    • For more information, contact our ABE Advisor, Margaret Doherty, by email at mdoherty@qcap.org or by phone at 617-657-5387

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. In this role, QCAP’s staff closely coordinates with the MassHire South Shore Career Center (1515 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA) to help current and potential adult education students access services. They assist Career Center staff with intake, assessments, and referrals to local adult education programs, while also connecting Adult Education students with employment and training opportunities available at the Career Center.
  • For more information on Outstationing, contact: Margaret Doherty, mdoherty@qcap.com, 617-657-5387
  • For more information about the MassHire South Shore Career Center, visit their website:http://www.masshiresouthshorecc.com/