United South End Settlements

Filed Under: Education, Employment
566 Columbus Avenue
Harriet Tubman House
Boston, ma 02118
Phone: 617-536-8610
Fax: 617-375-8110
Who to Contact
Patricia Gaquin or Leah Samura

Adult Basic Education (ABE): This program serves students who are at Grade Level Expectations (GLE) for grades 0-12, preparing students of all levels to earn the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), formerly the GED. The program offers five cycles throughout the academic year, with a total of 20 hours of direct instruction per week/per level, and 6 hours of direct instruction for night students. The program has fully integrated both computer literacy and career readiness to create a smooth transition to employment, job training or postsecondary education. The ABE program is free and accessible to Boston residents ages 18 and over who do not have a high school diploma or HiSET/GED.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This program is geared towards students who have emigrated from other countries and whose first language is not English. Classes are free and available for adults of all levels of English language development. ESOL classes provide students with a broad background in the five modalities of language listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness. Students improve their fluency, grammar and vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, and ability to communicate verbally and in writing. The program has fully integrated computer literacy and career readiness to create a smooth transition to employment, job training or postsecondary education. They will also be able to forge relationships within a diverse, multicultural community.

Technology Education/Microsoft Office Administrative Training: The Microsoft Office Administrative Training course is designed to help low-skilled and low-wage workers improve their technology and retention related skills, enabling them to transition into administrative work upon completion of the program. Students will gain the necessary skills for administrative work, including typing and Microsoft Office; soft skills such as time management, worker accountability, goal setting, customer service and problem solving; job readiness and job searching skills. All students are supported by a Career Advisor & Job Placement Specialist who integrates the ACT Career Ready 101 across all Workforce Readiness classes and provides one-on-one coaching and support in resume development, job searching and placement, interview preparation, and more. Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or HiSET, pass a computer assessment, pass a reading TABE at the 9th grade level, type at least 18 words per minute, have at least 12 months of work experience, and provide two professional references. This training is Section 30, ITA, and SNAP approved.

Email Patricia Gaquin at pgaquin@uses.org for information on ABE and ESOL programs or Leah Samura at lsamura@uses.org for information on Technology Education.

Service hours

M - F 8am - 6pm. Call or visit website for class schedule.

Other Locations

Children’s Art Centre/South End House
36 & 48 Rutland Street
Boston, MA 02118

Requirements & Restrictions

Must be 18 or older; program has a special mission to serve residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury, but will serve adults from other neighborhoods as well.


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated February 28, 2018