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Lawrence Community Works, Inc.
  • 168 Newbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  • 978-685-3115
  • Vocational Skills Training
Program activities:

This program runs two semesters (Sept. – Dec) (Jan 2024. – May 2024). Classes will be Monday – Friday from 9am – 1pm. Eligibility Criteria is; 18+, High School Diploma/GED, Able to work in US, English level of SPL 6 or above, No criminal record. The first semester will be focused on ESOL contextualized in preparation for Parapro test, and job readiness classes. Classes will include English writing and speaking, math, reading, practice tests as well as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, communication, etc.

During the 2nd semester students will be in paid internships 3 days a week for 5 hours a day plus attendance in a ‘Intro to Teaching’ college class at Northern Essex CC. Students will earn a 3 college credits for passing the class which can be used for a future degree program. All students receive employment coaching, test prep review and job search services.



5/8/24: MK Update – For SNAP E&T Website used the following:

The ParaEducator (Parent2Para) program is a nine-month, ESOL supported program that prepares participants to pass the Parapro test and for careers as paraprofessionals (also known as teachers assistants, teacher aides or paraeducators).

The program runs on the public-school calendar. During the first semester, the focus is on classroom instruction and job readiness.  Classes include English writing and speaking, math, reading, practice tests as well as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, communication, etc.  During the second semester trainees participate in a paid internship in a classroom and a three-credit college course at Northern Essex Community College, earning 3 credits that can be applied toward a future degree.

Students also receive individualized financial coaching, employment coaching, test prep review and job search services.

Use this link for more information or to contact Lawrence Community Works: Contact Us – Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. (LCW)


Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

18 + years old, English level 6+, High School or GED certificate, able to work in the USA and able to pass a CORI check.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 7
Total hours: 25
Program duration: 36 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 2
Program start dates: Sept 2024- May 2025
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-1:00pmEducation and job search
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

168 Newbury Street, Lawrence MA 01841 Our location is accessible to public transportation.
Additional information about location:

168 Newbury Street, Lawrence MA 01841

Program requirements: CORI check, High school diploma/GED/HiSET
Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: ParaEducator certification
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? Yes
Do participants receive any pay? Wage
Other, please explain: $17/hr for 15hrs/wk paid internship during 2nd semester

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Sandra Devita
Telephone: 978-722-2638
Program code: LCW-EDUC-PP
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes