Why are JVS & BCAE combining?

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), and the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) are joining together to support economic opportunity for Boston area low-income workers, immigrants and others with obstacles to economic success. By combining BCAE and JVS, the legacy, Board talent, and resources of BCAE will enable JVS to expand its capacity to provide high-quality, innovative adult education, training and employment services to thousands of Massachusetts’ residents well into the future. For more information, click here.

Who is BCAE?

The Boston Center for Adult Education was founded in 1933 by Dorothy Hewitt, who envisioned a place where “small groups of men and women would meet together in living room settings to learn, discuss, and create for the sheer pleasure of doing so.”

Until March 2009, most BCAE classes were held in the historic Gamble Mansion at 5 Commonwealth Avenue. Built in 1904, the mansion was the home of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Baylies and their six children until 1936. The opulent Louis XV style ballroom was built for Charlotte Baylies’s 16th birthday. In 1941, the building was purchased by the BCAE. In 2007 the building was sold to a private buyer, and the BCAE was able to renovate a second property at 122 Arlington Street, which is where most of its classes and administrative offices currently reside.

Throughout its history, the BCAE has remained responsive to the demands of a diverse community, as well as to the evolving demands of the individual. Whether serving as a site for volunteer wartime efforts in the 1940s, a haven for social policy debate in the 1960s, or a resource for personal and professional growth as one navigates through the new millennium, the BCAE meets the challenges of a thriving urban community.

Can I still take classes at the BCAE?

BCAE will no longer be offering its familiar adult education classes. JVS has begun planning for use of 122 Arlington Street as a satellite location for classes and training programs to complement their current offerings at the Center for Economic Opportunity, located at 75 Federal Street. Please visit this page for updates over the coming months.

Are there other providers of community adult education classes like the BCAE in Greater Boston?

Yes! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in person classes are still on hold, but online classes are running in the following centers. Please visit Brookline Adult and Community Education, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Newton Community Education.

How can I stay updated on JVS and learn more about the benefits of the combination of BCAE into JVS?

As the largest workforce development nonprofit in New England, there is a lot going on at JVS that we would love to share with you. Join the JVS newsletter list to get monthly updates on its programs, graduates and upcoming events by clicking here.

I am a former BCAE Instructor and I would like to teach at JVS, who should I contact?

Please click here to learn more about open positions at JVS.

I have a BCAE gift card or credit, what should I do?

If you have remaining value on your gift card that you would like refunded, please submit a request. If you have an outstanding course credit that you would like refunded click here. This may take up to 8 weeks to process. You may also choose to contribute the remaining balance toward the BOOST Fund and its future initiatives. Please include your name, mailing address, and Gift Card Code (if applicable).

Who do I contact with further questions?

Please submit inquiries here