The Adult Learning Initiative

The goal of our college preparatory and college-credit coursework (known collectively as the Adult Learning Initiative (ALI), is to provide students with the tools needed for college and/or career readiness.

ALI offers FREE college readiness classes for adults of all ages wanting to improve their academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, math and computers. Courses may be eligible for college credit upon successful completion of the program. The Adult Learning Initiative can help:

  • Prepare students for college or career readiness programs in Computers, Math and English
  • Increase a student’s academic self-confidence
  • Prepare a student to take the Accuplacer Exam
  • Earn potential college credit at North Shore Community College
  • Assist students with additional academic advising including college and scholarships





Foundations – Mathematics:
This class is designed for students who are either preparing to take college classes or who like increase their ability to perform foundational mathematical operations. Focus will be placed on Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division of Integers, Decimals, and Fractions. Operations will include both positive and negative numbers, along with an introduction to variable usage. Exponents and Powers will also be investigated. Students will be encouraged to not only perform the operations, but to explain the processes through spoken and written language. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take Algebra 1.

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Foundations – English Composition

This class is designed for students who are either preparing to take college classes or who would simple like to increase their knowledge of English Language Arts. Throughout the course, we will read one full-length text, several short stories/essay, and several poems. We will review conventions of grammar, literary devices and their uses, and the basics of writing a college-level argumentative essay. Each week, students will participate in analytical discussions and throughout the course, they will develop their ability to discuss literature at a high-level. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take college-level courses.

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College Readiness Program – Mathematics

Wellspring House’s Adult Learning Initiative College Readiness Mathematics course is designed to establish a foundation for future college and career success. The course will focus on preparing students for the rigor of college-level academics while working with foundational arithmetic and algebraic concepts. Additionally, the course will develop students’ cognitive processes by explicitly addressing Bena Kalick’s and Arthur Costa’s Habits of Mind and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.

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College Readiness Program – English Composition

In this course, students will be working at the college-level to read, analyze, and write essays about 20th century American literature. This course will focus on both preparing students for a future in college and engaging them in academic discourse while at Wellspring. Students will read one memoir, one novel, and several essays and poems. They will be expected to be able to speak and write critically on each of the assigned texts. We will discuss authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Tim O’Brien, Toni Morrison, and Langston Hughes. After this course, students should have a strong foundation in American literature and in all aspects of reading, writing, and discussing literature at a college-level.

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