What is the Links Program?

Links is a program for adults who are interested in enrolling in college and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential (HiSET or GED) but would benefit from extra support while transitioning into the college setting. The program offers small, cohort classes and individualized academic and career guidance. The Links Program is a unique opportunity for students to acclimate to the academic setting while earning free college credits. Priority is given to students who previously attended the Adult Learning Center at Middlesex Community College or another Adult Basic Education Program but other students are highly encouraged to apply.

Links Program Introduction Video

Please watch this Introduction Video for information on this program.

What does Links offer?

Links Program participants are Middlesex Community College students who benefit from the program's support.

Links provides:

  • college tuition and fees for Links classes
  • textbooks for Links classes
  • supplies needed for Links classes (i.e. binders, paper, folders, calculators, etc.)
  • academic and career advising from the Program Coordinator
  • small, cohort classes with supportive faculty

Who can apply?

Motivated students who have a high school credential (diploma, HiSET, or GED) and are available to commit to daytime classes are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to students who previously attended the Adult Learning Center at Middlesex Community College or other Adult Basic Education Programs but other students may inquire. 

When and where are classes held?

Links classes are typically held during the day on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays during the Fall Semester (Sept-Dec) and the Spring Semester (Jan-May).

Classes are generally offered in a hybrid format: one day online and one day on either the Bedford Campus and the Lowell Campus of Middlesex Community College. Location is dependent on professor availability each semester. 

Directions to the Bedford Campus
Bedford Campus Map

Directions to the Lowell Campus
Lowell Campus Map

What courses are offered?

Course offerings are subject to change each year. Recently offered courses include:

  • General Education - First-Year Experience
  • General Education - Digital Literacy
  • General Education - Career Exploration
  • English Composition I/Critical Thinking
  • Preparation for College Math
  • Statistics/Skills Development 
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • General Biology
  • English Composition II

What is the application process?

Applicants will be asked to complete or provide the following:

  • a copy of High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Credential 
  • complete the Middlesex Community College Application
  • complete the college course placement process
  • provide an academic reference from an Adult Learning Center to verify student commitment and consistent attendance record
  • interview with the Program Coordinator

For more information or to apply:

Interested applicants should contact:
Karen Spengler, Program Coordinator

Links is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Last Modified: 4/23/24