Our History

Our History

Adult Education has a long and vibrant history in Lowell, Massachusetts.  For over a hundred years, English instruction has been offered to immigrants and evening classes have been held for those who needed to complete their high school education.


The first full time center, Lowell Adult Education Center (LAEC), was created in 1977, under the direction of former Superintendent, Patrick J. Mogan.  Originally it was housed at the Lowell High School Annex on Paige Street, and then later moved to Lowell High School on Kirk Street.  At that time, the program included ABE instruction, LHS evening school, the Lowell Adult Diploma Program, and many special interest classes. 


Our program moved to its current location at the Green School, 408 Merrimack Street, in 1993. 


Frederick Abisi was our first Director, and served in that role for over 35 years.  Under his direction, the program grew to become one of the largest in New England.  In 2014, the Center was renamed after him.  It is now called the Frederick Assad Abisi Adult Education Center (AAEC).  Currently, we offer High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation classes and English as Second Language (ESOL) classes.  We are also an official testing center for the GED and HiSET tests.   


We consider it a privilege to serve the Greater Lowell community, and continue to be committed to providing excellence in educational services for those most in need.