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Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport

  • Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport
  • 637 Park Avenue
  • Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • 1987

Program Description

MLC was founded in 1987 on the premise that one of the best ways to help entire families overcome poverty and succeed is to educate women and mothers. Rooted in this multigenerational approach, the motto of Mercy Learning Center is, "Educate a woman�????�???�??�?�¦ Educate a family." Since its founding, MLC has educated and empowered over 12,000 women. The Center's mission is to provide basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin. MLC provides a range of flexible learning opportunities for women, including part-time tutoring, full-time classroom instruction, technology education, employment and life skills training, family literacy programs and enrichment. Holistic support services including social services, counseling, childcare, and food assistance are available to all program participants. All programs and services are free. The goal of the center is to educate and empower women so that they can improve their lives and the lives of their families by being able to communicate well (i.e., speak English fluently), obtain a high school diploma, get a job or a better paying job, go to college if desired and become a contributing member of the community.

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Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 7%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 76%
  • African American: 16%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 50
  • Middle School: 50
  • Elementary School: 800
  • Post-secondary: 100
  • Non-traditional: 950

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Gateway Community College (10)
  • Housatonic Community College (75)
  • Norwalk Community College (10)
  • St Vincent's College (2)
  • University of Bridgeport (6)
  • University of Connecticut (1)