In the beginning, RCP consisted of a small group of Randolph residents, businessmen and local officials who came together to take action on the increasing demands from the community for an English program. For their efforts, the Chinese American Neighborhood Development Organization (CAN-DO) and the partnership received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to run a basic ESOL program in 1998. RCP has been providing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes since 1998.
Through additional grants, the ESOL program expanded to include a health component in the curriculum, citizenship classes, and computer classes for students by the year 2000. In 2002, the organization incorporated as a 501(c)3 and officially became the Randolph Community Partnership, Inc.
In spring of 2005, RCP received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. With this funding we were able to offer 3 levels of English; beginner, intermediate and advanced. We also offered citizenship and basic computer skills classes for our enrolled ESOL students.
In June 2012, RCP was awarded state funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue to offer ESOL classes as well as start offering GED classes.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that beginning in January 2017 all ABE students will have the choice of taking either the GED or the HiSET as the high school equivalency exam in Massachusetts.
Both exams will continue to measure whether adult learners and out-of-school youth qualify for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Certificate, a pivotal step for adult learners who do not possess a high school diploma, but require a certified education credential.
All primary classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Classes meet from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Supplemental classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
We are always looking for feedback from the community. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us.