Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) funds select Massachusetts Community Adult Learning Centers (CALCs) for distance learning education. Distance learning offers adult learners increased access to educational services and increased instructional intensity for students enrolled in both classroom and distance learning programs. Distance learning prepares adult learners for success in their next steps in college and careers by increasing their technology skills.
The Massachusetts distance learning model is a blended model that offers a combination of online instruction and face-to-face supports. The model consists of hubs and two program options.
- Hubs: One ESOL and one ABE hub provide distance learning instruction to students referred by Option 1 CALCs and some students referred by Option 2 CALCs.
- Option 1 CALC: The program refers students to the hub for distance learning instruction.
- Option 2 CALC: The program offers distance education to its own students. The program may also refer some students to the hub for distance learning instruction.
2017 Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning