About the Center

Since 1938, The Cambridge Center has consistently offered a diverse menu of courses to adults in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

Some quick facts:

  • We are a non-profit.
  • We are self-supporting, relying on tuition income and contributions.
  • We are here to give people the opportunity to explore their interests and nurture their talents and potential.

First incorporated as the Cambridge Social Union in April 1876, then in 1938, we officially became the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. In 1889 the Social Union purchased and moved into the House of William Brattle at 42 Brattle Street, which was built in 1727. In late 1972 the Cambridge Center acquired the Blacksmith House (the former Window Shop) property. Blacksmith House includes the Dexter Pratt House, built in 1811, where Longfellow observed the famous Village Blacksmith at work under the Spreading Chestnut Tree in 1839. Both houses are being preserved by the Center as living museums and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

You can send feedback to Elizabeth, via estewart AT ccae DOT org. And you can always browse courses at our main page: www.ccae.org.

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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13 responses to “About the Center

  1. Please send me a copy of your fall catalogue. Bal Usefoff 55 Hill Road Apt.406, Belmont, MA 02478 Thank you.

  2. Hello,
    Some of your ESL courses do not have Instructors’ names.
    It would be really helpful if you could put the name,education of the person who is going to teach ESL classes.
    As a non-profit I believe you get sponsored mainly for such classes. Thank you.

  3. Hello, and thank you for your comment. As you may have noticed, we have recently updated the look of our website, and adding instructor names and information is something that we have been discussing. Perhaps for the winter term we will be able to include our instructors’ names on the website. It is, unfortunately, not possible to do this with our catalog.

    In the meantime, you can always call the registration office to find out who will be teaching which classes.

    I hope that you decide to learn with us!

    Zachary Piper
    ESL and Language Program Planner

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  5. Hello,
    I will be moving back to the Cambridge area in June. I was wondering where you list employment opportunities; I couldn’t seem to find a link on your website. If possible, could you let me know where you usually post job openings for your admin. staff (ie: Craigslist or Boston.com)?
    Many Thanks!

  6. Hello, I am an artist looking to return to Boston and was wondering about your job listings for teachers that you may need to lead some of your courses. Please let me know where I can find out more information. Thank you, Melissa

    • Melissa,

      Thanks for your comment. If you’d like more information about proposing a course, you can email Michael Cicone, our Education Director, at mcicone@ccae.org.

      Thanks again!

      Elizabeth Stewart, Communications Director

  7. In the year 1998 I was studying in Cambridge Center for adult education, in Boston my name is Antonio Villar Duran, I´m from Spain. I want to search my friend SEUNG WON (from KOREA) and PATRICIA (Sao Paolo BRAZIL).These two persons studied with me and it wanted to contact with them but I do not have any information . Is it possible to know your surnames?. I wait your news. Thanks.

  8. I’m forced to live in nyc. I especially miss taking class @ccae. Are you offering any classes on-line?
    I’d appreciate the info.
    Many thanks.

    • Thanks for your comment, Margaret! Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have the capability of online courses, and since one of the great things about the Cambridge Center is the face-to-face interaction, we’re wary to go in that direction for now. But we’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything becomes available in the form of new technology, like podcasts of lectures or classes!

  9. Hi, We were recently in Boston and I picked up your catalogue. Oh how I wish I lived here to take advantage of your Center! I was wondering if I could do a “distance” learning on your class on White People Challenging Racism–maybe get the materials or reading lists? I could remit the $28 fee if I could do it. Please let me know any options. Thank you, Diane O’Hara (Pa/Fl resident)

    • Will McMillan

      Hi, Diane:

      Sorry it’s taken almost a month to post a reply to your excellent query. I am going to touch base with the woman who currently oversees our “White People Challenging Racism” class. She just presented at a national conference and may have ideas about folks who are doing similar work near you. Or maybe there might be a way for you to participate online with a class here at CCAE? I’ll find out more…


      Will McMillan, Assistant Director

    • Diane: I’d be happy to share what we do in our White People Challening Racism: Moving From Talk to Action class. In fact, I just co-led a workshop at the 11th annual White Privilege Conference (attended by 1700 anti-racist activists, perhaps 90% of whom were white) in LaCrosse, Wisc (next year it will be in Twin Cities). I just email a “how to” email to the 56 people (from 10 different states!) who attended and want to teach a class of this sort. My email described how we’ve been doing this class since 1999. Email BeckwithB@aol.com and I’ll send you whatever you want. Check out http://www.wpcr-boston.org, as well. Also check out http://www.cddbooks.com, which distributes my booklet of essays that arose from this class: What Was I Thinking? Reflecting on Everyday Racism. — Barbara Beckwith

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