Springfield Adult Learning Center (SALC)

SALC is Your 1st Step to Your Next Step

The Springfield Adult Learning Center (SALC), previously known as Adult Basic Education (ABE), provides free classes for adults to further their education by earning a High School Equivalency Certificate (HSE) which includes preparing for a GED or a HiSET exam; developing computer, email, or internet skills; learning English as a second language; or enrolling as a student at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) college after completing an HSE.

Classes are on campus during day and evening hours as well as online through remote learning classes. Classes focus on preparing students for college, careers, and vocational certificate programs. All classes are free for eligible students.

SALC Courses

  • English Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing
  • Beginner to Advanced English

For more information, please contact our office at (413) 755-3765.

Hampden Prep prepares students for the 21st century by providing instruction in technology and digital literacy. Students work to improve their computer and job-ready skills as well as prepare to earn certificates. This course will cover:

  • Computer Literacy: keyboarding, email, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite
  • Workforce Readiness Skills: resume development, job interviewing skills, and how to submit an online job application
  • Career Exploration: designing a pathway to a career
  • Financial Literacy: budgeting, credit reports, money management, credit, and retirement planning
  • Certificate Training: Microsoft Office Suite Specialist Certificate, Manager’s ServSafe Certificate, Food Handler ServSafe, OSHA 10, CPR, and National Career Readiness Certificate

Hampden Prep is an excellent program to prepare students for T2C or HiSet courses.

For more information, please call (413) 755-4300 and leave a message. A staff member will get back to you within a few days.

HiSET/GED classes prepare students interested in college for the academic challenges of college-level courses and for the challenges of entering employment.  The following classes are offered:

  • Preparation for the High School Equivalency Test Classes: HiSET/GED
  • Technology Classes: digital literacy and computer use
  • College and Career Workshops: advising and workforce readiness preparation
  • HiSET/GED to Medical Sciences: explore the human body systems while in a HiSET/GED class
  • Financial Literacy: explore finances, budgeting, and investing while in a HiSET/GED class
  • Book Club: improve your reading skills while reading in small groups

For more information, please call (413) 755-4300 and leave a message. A staff member will get back to you within a few days.

Adult learners who have completed their high school equivalency (HiSET/GED) through a DESE funded program like SALC become STCC college students and have access to the following resources:

  • STCC One-Year Program (for eligible adult learners who have obtained a High School Equivalency diploma)
  • College credits, developmental courses, academic support, and advising
  • Preparation classes and activities for college (technology, math, writing, and reading)
  • Workshops to discover career interests, complete college applications, complete financial aid applications
  • STCC programs, scholarships, clubs, and activities
  • Help with the specific needs of first-generation college students and adult high school equivalence earners

For more information, please call (413) 755-4300 and leave a message. A staff member will get back to you within a few days.

How to Apply

Hampden Prep, HiSET/GED Classes, and T2C

  1. Complete the application form.

    You may need to create an account before being able to fill out the application.

  2. Attend an assessment session.

    A link to register for an in-person or on-campus assessment session will be emailed to you shortly.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  1. Complete the ESOL application form.

    An ESOL staff member will call you within a few weeks to complete a short language assessment. Please note, there is a waiting list for ESOL classes.


Partner Referrals

Partner agencies can submit Hampden Prep, HiSET/GED Classes, and T2C referrals by completing the SALC Partner Referral Form.

Partner agencies can submit ESOL referrals by completing the ESOL Program Partner Referral Form.


We are flexible! SALC staff members are available to meet in person on-campus and virtually:

 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


For more information about SALC, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, connect with us on the SALC Facebook group, view our Workforce Development Center FY2020 Annual Report, or contact us using the information below. We look forward to working with you!

Springfield Adult Learning Center
Springfield Technical Community College Campus
Building 27, Second Floor
1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102
Phone: (413) 755-4300
FAX: (413) 755-6333
Email: SALC@stcc.edu


The STCC / Springfield Adult Learning Center (SALC) is a unique partnership among Hampden County organizations including Holyoke Community College (HCC), Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), Springfield Housing Authority (SHA), and the Community Mitigation Commission. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Community Mitigation Commission fund the services through generous grants.