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LEAD Program  (LEArning at a Distance)

Program Overview
DESE's  Learning Centers

Notre Dame Education Center in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Adult and Community Leaning Services recognizes that there is a strong need to connect adult education instruction to those not currently being served traditional face-to-face programs and classes. These potential students may find opportunities through NDEC’s on-line learning opportunities to increase their English language, literacy and numeracy skills.

The primary purposes for delivering distance learning are to:

  • Provide educational services to individuals who cannot attend traditional face-to-face classes due to conflicting work schedule or other circumstances

  • Increase access to services for students on a waiting list or other referral sources,

  • Provide additional intensity and/or differentiated instruction for students already enrolled in face-to-face programs.

NDEC’s LEAD Program expanded its services in September of 2018 from exclusively English Language Learners to now include learners working to prepare to test for the High School Equivalency (GED/HiSET) credential.  NDEC serves the state of Massachusetts as its only funded Distance Learning Instructional Hub.

Students from 16 of DESE’s Community and Adult Learning Centers across the state are currently enrolling in NDEC’s Hub.


Asian American Civic Association, Boston

Abisi Adult Education Center, Lowell


Brockton Public Schools, Brockton

Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable


Clinton Adult Learning Center, Clinton


College Bound Dorchester, Boston

East Boston Harbor Side Community

School, Boston


Immigrant Learning Center, Malden


Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence


Methuen Public Schools, Methuen


North Shore Community College, Danvers

Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill

Notre Dame Education Center, South



Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield


Valley Opportunity Council


Webster Public Schools, Webster

For more information about enrollment in the LEAD program, email

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