Cambridge is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community, and connecting individuals with the services they need. Through its Department of Human Service Programs, (DHSP), the City provides a variety of programs and services for adult education, college completion, employment opportunities, recreation, and seniors.
Additionally, the Commission for Persons with Disabilities works to reduce and eliminate barriers that people with disabilities experience in our community and promote equal opportunity for all.
Adult Education, College Transition Support, and Employment Opportunities
It’s never too late to learn. The Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC) offers free English language, basic reading, writing, and math classes; preparation for High School Equivalency examinations; preparation for college; and programs to train as a Certified Nurse Assistant or Computer User Support Specialist.
The CLC also offers preparation for the U.S. citizenship test, free educational and career counseling, tutoring, and basic computer instruction. Additionally, CLC and Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students can receive individualized coaching through the College Success Initiative to make it easier to navigate the challenges of the transition to post-secondary education.
The Office of Workforce Development
Offers services for residents looking for employment. The Cambridge Employment Program (CEP) provides free, individualized career counseling, assisting clients in developing resumes, cover letters, and practicing interview skills.
The highly successful Cambridge Works program, which serves Cambridge residents (18-35), provides a temporary job with the City, and/or other partner employers, while also offering intensive case management, soft skills development, and job search assistance to help participants secure an unsubsidized job upon program completion.
In September 2018, DHSP launched Next Up, a program for young people (18-24) who graduated high school but are not enrolled in college or a training program. The program provides a 3-month paid internship with the City and offers participants hands-on opportunities for exploring different careers.
Keeping Seniors Moving
Cambridge senior citizens can stay active and social through an array of programs offered at the City’s two senior centers. The CityWide Senior Center, located in Central Square, serves as a “one stop” multi-service center for seniors living in Cambridge and the surrounding area.
The Council on Aging works to promote and safeguard the health and independence of Cambridge seniors over 60, and provides meaningful social and recreational activities. Keeping seniors healthy and moving is a priority because strength (or resistance) training is critical to preserving the ability to perform the most ordinary activities of daily living – and to maintaining an active and independent lifestyle.
Programming at the senior centers includes: Healthy Cooking Classes, Salsa and other dancing classes, yoga, and strength-building exercise classes.
The Recreation Department
The Cambridge Recreation Department offers a wealth of quality, affordable, and accessible opportunities for Cambridge residents of all ages. The War Memorial Athletic Complex, located at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, provides year-round swimming and recreational opportunities at affordable rates. Cambridge offers year-round youth and adult athletic programs in fun, safe environments.
For more information about these programs, visit CambridgeMA.Gov/DHSP.