ABE Transition to Community Colleges Update- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
ABE Transition to Community Colleges Update
ABE Transition to Community Colleges Programs:
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) through its Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) unit funds 12 ABE Transition to Community Colleges programs (or "Transitions" programs) at community colleges across the state; these programs partner with between two and four ESE-funded ABE providers to ensure successful transition of students into postsecondary education. Through the use of a cohort model, additional student support services, and College for Success and Technology classes, students are better prepared to enter and succeed in college-level, credit-bearing courses. The goal of this program is for students upon exiting the Transitions program to place into the higher levels of developmental classes or bypass them completely.
To ensure that adult education students are served from the moment they enter an adult education program through to postsecondary education, the ABE to Community Colleges programs are required to reserve at least 80% of their seats for students coming from ESE-funded adult education programs. This creates a next step opportunity for your current adult education students who have the goal of attending community college after completing your program. The eligibility requirements for enrollment in an ABE Transition to Community Colleges program are:
- Participants must have a minimum score of 500 on the MAPT for Reading and a minimum score of 400 on the MAPT for Math and
- Participants must be able to participate in postsecondary level academic classes conducted in English. Programs must ensure that students have the appropriate oral skills equivalent to a Student Performance Level (SPL) 8. SPL information can be found in the ESOL framework (SPL descriptors start on page 107).
Dual enrollment is also an option for your students that are very close to GED attainment (i.e., are ready to take the GED test or have already started taking some of the tests) and who meet the above criteria.
Please contact the Transitions coordinator in your region for more information: Transiton to Community College Program Contact List .