Adult Learning Center volunteer
Dan Klein tutors an English language learner

Wellspring Adult Learning Center

Over the last 12 months, the Wellspring Adult Learning Center has continued to be a vibrant and diverse learning community. Our English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) program served 68 English language learners throughout this past year. An additional 5 students worked on literacy, math, or GED test preparation skills. We are grateful for the 31 volunteer tutors who have made it possible to assist a total of 73 adults in making gains in their language and other educational goals.

Our students are a diverse group representing a range of backgrounds and educational experiences. It is a privilege to work with and learn from such a diverse group. Our ESOL students come from a variety of counties including: Brazil, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Honduras, Argentina, and Korea. Our GED students also present with a range of educational backgrounds, work experiences, and training needs. 

Currently the center has both daytime and evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Approximately 35-40 students are active participants in Adult Learning Center activities throughout any week. Students usually meet with teachers 1 to 2 times per week. While some students work with us briefly, most work diligently over many months and even years. In some cases, students meet with staff on a limited basis for testing and referral to other programs.

This past June, Wellspring ALC and the Cape Ann Forum, sponsored a movie and discussion at the Cape Ann Cinema. The movie, Welcome to Shelbyville, documented the struggle of immigrants in the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee. We were thrilled that over 100 people, including some of our students and volunteer tutors, attended the event.

Wellspring is grateful to the Sawyer Free Library for providing our classroom space. The space accommodates one-on-one teacher/student pairs and small group classes equally well. We encourage students to get library cards and bring students down into the adult and children’s library whenever possible. The library continues to be a perfect setting for the Adult Learning Center.  It is our hope that students and their families will take advantage of library resources throughout the week.

It has been a pleasure and honor to collaborate with the adult learners and volunteers at the Wellspring Adult Learning Center.  As we move into our fifth year, we continue to celebrate the joy of life long learning. We look forward to providing another year of service to Cape Ann adults striving to reach their educational goals. 

Respectfully submitted,

Melissa Buchanan
Wellspring Adult Learning Center Teacher