Classes

We offer a wide range of classes, from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Spanish Literacy to Computer Classes and High School Equivalency.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Computer ClassesHigh School Equivalency Testing in Spanish (GED)

ESOL Classes

We offer three levels of ESOL classes, all with a civics focus. ESOL classes teach students speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Classes are based on Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s participatory approach to education: students’ voices and life experiences greatly inform the curriculum. Learning is student-centered and hands-on as students have an active role in class content and program evaluation.

ESOL 1: Little-to-no Previous Study of English
In ESOL I, classes are all-inclusive and is geared towards getting students excited about learning English, their new language. Students learn concepts such as colors, months, days of the week, time, weather, simple verb conjugation, pronouns, sentence formation, and much more!
ESOL 2: Expand your English Skills
This class is second in a sequence of three ESOL classes. Students learn how to write paragraphs, read newspapers and short stories, improve pronunciation and fluency in English, understand conversations with native English speakers, and master basic grammatical concepts.
ESOL 2 Advanced/Work Skills: For Professional & Education Seekers
This class offers ESOL II’s curriculum, but targeted to students researching employment and college opportunities. In this class, students master resume writing and job interviewing. The class also offers students the chance to go on field trips to career centers and community colleges to find the job or educational program of their dreams.
ESOL 3: Become an English Master
This class is third and last of the ESOL sequence. Students learn how to write essays, converse fluently, and master advanced grammar and vocabulary. After completion of this class, students have the skills to hold advanced conversations on current events, social issues, and American culture!

Computer Classes

With the technology sector growing larger every day and the need for computer skills in almost every job, MUA is proud to offer three levels of computer classes for our students.

Basic, Bilingual Computer Class
Students learn the parts of the computer, turning the computer off and on, learning the keyboard, controlling the mouse, typing, the basics of Microsoft Word, and the basics of Power Point. This class is for beginner students, and most of the materials are in English.
Intermediate Computer Class:
Students master Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher), email, html basics, how to navigate the Internet, local and network printing, building computers, and more. This class is for students who have completed MUA’s first level of computer instruction or who have some familiarity and comfort with computers.
Advanced Computer Class:
This class builds on the intermediate computer class. Students learn advanced Microsoft Office (i.e. spreadsheets in Excel, PowerPoint presentations), html, and some computer maintenance and repair work.

High School Equivalency Testing (Hi-SET) in Spanish (previously GED)

MUA prepares students in the five subject areas of the Hi-SET so they can take these exams in Spanish: reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics. A high school diploma opens up many possibilities for employment, higher education, and personal fulfillment.

Pre Hi-SET
MUA offers two levels of Pre Hi-SET in Spanish: the equivalent of grades 7-9. Students study the five subject areas to transition to the upper-level Hi-SET courses. For levels lower than that, MUA provides tutoring from college partners in the area, including Harvard University and Northeastern University.
Hi-SET Intermediate and Hi-SET Advanced:
MUA offers two levels of Hi-SET in Spanish, the equivalent of grades 7-9 and 10-12. Students study the five subject areas to take and pass the five Hi-SET exams required for the certificate. We additionally offer supplement math tutoring as students find the mathematics exam the most difficult. After obtaining their Hi-SET certificate, students enter employment or college.
Home Health Aide

There is concern about the current and projected shortages of frontline direct care workers such as nursing assistants and home health aides who provide care and services to the elderly, chronically ill, and disabled.

MUA offers a 75-hour course to train as a Home Health Aide (HHA), offered weekdays during the fall and spring semesters. The free class includes the textbook and uniform.

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy technicians are in very high demand, and that demand is increasingly steadily. This is partly because a lot of locations (such as hospitals which are open 24 hours) require three shifts of phlebotomists on staff. Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (indeed.com and careerigniter.com).

MUA offers a 160-hour course to train as a phlebotomist, offered weekdays, with opportunity to complete 120-hour internship. The free class includes the textbook and uniform.