Helping and Hailing Adult Learners

June 12, 2018


In the Shields Science Center last Monday night, nine local adult learners received their diplomas of graduation from the Brockton Clemente Course in the Humanities, which provides low-income adults free access to introductory courses in writing, literature, American history, art history and philosophy. Three others graduated but were unable to attend.

The adult learners now hold certificates of completion as well as six college credits from Bard College, which represents a step closer for them toward attending college. 

Finding Voice & Self-Worth

“This amazing program is helping adult learners find their voice and their self-worth,” explains Co-Director of the program Professor Lee Farrow who is also Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill.

Now in its fifth year, the program has graduated a total of 77 adult students from across the world, including Kenya, Senegal, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil, America, Haiti, Syria, and more.

Quest for Learning

“I am so proud of our Clemente adult learners as they have continued their quest for learning in many different ways: increasing their responsibilities and employment status, participating in local civic activities; gaining greater confidence in their comprehension and language skills; and very importantly, continuing their education at various colleges and universities,” says Farrow.

“The program not only creates opportunity but also provides support and encouragement to the adult learners who work very hard,” adds Farrow.  

Students study five college level humanities classes, and at the end of successful completion of the classes,  they receive six transferrable college credits from Bard College in New York State, for undergraduate studies.

Collaborative Support

A collaboration of dedicated faculty and staff, the Brockton Clemente Course receives major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, the Vila B. Webber 1985 Charitable Trust and many individuals, foundations and corporations have designated their donations to Mass Humanities in support of the program.

Stonehill is just one of many organizations that collaborates in supporting the Brockton Clemente Course program, including Harbor One Bank, Massasoit College, United Way of Plymouth County, Bridgewater State University, Brockton Public Schools, Catholic Charities, Russell Alternative School at Keith Center, Hackett Publishing Company, Kenneth R. Feinberg and North Easton Savings Bank.