Adult Programs

Adult Programs

Mercer Street Friends’ Adult Education program works with adult residents of New Jersey, ages 16 and older, that are looking to obtain:

    • A New Jersey high school diploma
    • Career guidance
    • Assistance in renewing math, reading and writing skills to prepare for entrance exams for career training/further education

Adult Programs
Students receive one-on-one and small group instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and computer literacy from a teacher or volunteer instructor.

The program follows New Jersey Common Core Standards and College & Career Readiness Standards.

The program is free to participants. The Adult Education Learning Center, located at 222 North Hermitage Avenue, Trenton, is open:

      • Monday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
      • Tuesday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
      • Wednesday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
      • Thursday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
      • Friday – 9:00 am to noon.

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To learn more about the Adult Education program, volunteer as an instructor, or donate supplies, call
609-278-6904 or email info@mercerstreetfriends.org

Comments from our Adult Education participants:

“My instructors were very helpful, understanding, and full of patience. They never got frustrated with me.” 

“I was really nervous at first. I’m a hands-on person. I need personal attention. The teachers helped me relax and learn.”

The Community Work Experience Program/Education Directly Related to Employment Program (CWEP/EDRTE) assists adults receiving public assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to enhance and improve their job readiness skills.
Core activities are aimed at reducing barriers to self-sufficiency and employability.

Participants are referred to the program by the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Upon entering the program, each participant is evaluated for employability and guided through the process of identifying vocational interests, strengths and potential barriers to employment. Based on individual case plans, participants may receive adult reading, writing and math instruction; computer training; job preparedness and search assistance. While attending the
16-week program, participants are assigned to nonpaid internships within Mercer Street Friends in order to gain workplace experience in various potential career paths.

The program is located at 1321 Brunswick Avenue in Lawrence Township. To learn more about the CWEP/EDRTE, call 609-656-7290.