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The Literacy Project, Inc.
  • 15C Bank Row Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • 413-774-3934
  • Education | Adult Basic Education
The Literacy Project – Amherst
Program activities:

The Literacy Project’s adult basic education programming provides; academic instruction to prepare students to pass a high school equivalency test, education and career advising and readiness activities to help students overcome barriers to entering the workforce and continuing their education, and opportunities for students to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural, and civic life of their communities. Programming consists of:

  1. Academic classes that serve students at the basic literacy, pre-HSE (High-School Equivalency), HSE preparation, and College Readiness levels, and integrate computer literacy activities. Classes are led by a staff instructor with assistance of trained volunteers.
  2. In-class college and job readiness activities to explore occupational interests, gain knowledge of workplace expectations, develop computer skills, learn about post-secondary education opportunities, and learn about the college environment and expectations.
  3. Individual advising (case management) for goal setting, action planning and taking next steps such as applying for a job or enrolling in community college, and for problem-solving to overcome obstacles to pursuing education/job readiness goals and to connect with needed resources.

The program serves out-of-school youth ages 16 and older and under-educated adults. Classes are held September through May each year and there are no classes in June, July, and August. Most classes meet in-person, and there are also remote and hybrid options. Students are enrolled in the ongoing classes on a monthly basis, September through April, as space permits. Job readiness activities and assistance with job search are provided during class time or individual advising time.

Student progress is measured by gains in educational functioning levels (EFL) on the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests (MAPT) in Reading and Math. There are 6 EFLs, each corresponding to 2 grade levels, so an EFL gain in a subject area represents progress through 2 grade levels. Other achievements that indicate participant progress are; passing either the HiSET or GED exam and achieving a High School Equivalency Degree, enrollment in a post-secondary education or training program, obtaining new employment, getting a raise, promotion, or other improvement in a job they are already working.

Weekly participation varies from 4 hours a week to 14 hours a week depending on the level and location of the class. Remote classes are open to students from any location. Meetings for intake and enrollment, as well as for Education and Career Advising may be in person, by phone, or on Zoom. Teachers and Advisors communicate with students by phone and e-mail when not in person. Remote classes are held on Zoom, and teachers use e-mail and Google Classroom to provide class materials and assignments. Remote students are also provided with workbooks and other class materials.

Spring 2024 classes at our Amherst location will be offered online. Computer scholarships are available, and we will help each student build the basic computer skills they’ll need in order to participate in online classes.

See more about The Literacy Project – Amherst here.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Program participants lack a high school diploma and/or the English Language skills to fully navigate in their personal, family, and work lives.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 100
Total hours: 14
Program duration: 34 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 8
Program start dates: Students can join the ongoing class on or about the 1st Monday of each month, September to April, provided there is room in the class. Sometimes there is a short waiting list for a class. Next start Date: 9/1/2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:15AM - 12:00PM (remote on Zoom)Basic Skills Class
9:15AM - 12:30PM (remote on Zoom)Pre-High School Equivalency Preparation
9:15AM - 12:30PM (remote on Zoom)High School Equivalency Preparation
9:15AM - 12:00PM (remote on Zoom)College Readiness for English Language Learners
Other Schedule Information: Classes are held September through May each year and there are no classes in June, July, and August. WINTER WEATHER POLICY The Amherst Site closes when Amherst Public Schools close for winter weather. If the Amherst schools are delayed, TLP-Amherst opens at 10:00 a.m. To check on the status of Amherst Public Schools, call the School Closing Hotline at 413-362-1898 or check the postings on local news sites online.
Is the program offered remotely? Yes
Is public transportation available? No

Location information:

REMOTEaccessible by PVTA Bus -all classes will be offered remotely
Additional information about location:

Spring 2024 classes at our Amherst location will be offered online.

The Literacy Project also has sites in Greenfield, Northampton, Orange, and Ware.

Other requirements: At least 16 years of age or older and not enrolled in high school
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: High School Equivalency credential upon succesful completion of HiSET or GED exam
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Test/License Fees
Books/Supplies
Chromebook
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Sheila Murphy
Telephone: 413-485-6755
Program code: TLP-EDUC-HiSET-A
ABAWD Qualifying? No