History

Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence, MA was founded in 1996 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, women who dedicate their lives to make known God’s goodness and love through dedication and service.


Vision
Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence is a bridge of hope transforming lives through education for life.


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Mission

The Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence (NDEC) is a community of learning where  under-educated adults are empowered to improve and enrich their lives and the lives of their families in an environment that is welcoming, respectful and dignified.  Through access to quality direct services, collaboration and advocacy for positive change, NDEC provides goal-oriented education, skills training, language and literacy development, enrichment opportunities and support services.  NDEC assists and supports adult learners to achieve their next steps and reach their full potential as productive, contributing workers in the community and in society. (Board approved  3-6-2017)

The Hallmarks of a Notre Dame deNamur Learning Community

We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good.
We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.

We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.

We commit ourselves to community service.

We embrace the gift of diversity.

We create community among those with whom we work and those we serve.

We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life.

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Core Values

NDEC-Lawrence provides a welcoming and respectful environment where staff model dignified, kind and professional behavior at all times and in all situations.

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Our students at NDEC - Lawrence hail from many parts of the globe, bringing together a wonderful mix of culture, language, tradition, and aspiration.

Adult literacy and the development of self-esteem provide students with the life skills that support family growth, employment opportunities and community participation.

The students want to better their lives by becoming citizens, getting a drivers license, buying a house, or getting a new job, but they don’t always know where to begin. We show them how to take manageable steps toward creating the life they want in this country.