Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL) is a private nonprofit adult education agency that was established in 1979 and designated by the Rhode Island Department of Education as a regional learning center. Our mission is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through education, counseling, and training.



RIRAL’s founders, Arthur Mossberg and Henry Tarlian, identified a great need for adult education services in Northern Rhode Island. Our journey began in Lincoln, Burrillville, Gloucester, and North Smithfield. Since that time, RIRAL has grown to what it is now, one of the largest and most successful adult education institutions in the state.



RIRAL currently provides comprehensive assessment, academic instruction, counseling and training services to adults in Bristol-Warren, Burrillville, Central Falls, East Providence and Woonsocket. RIRAL provides instruction in English language, reading, writing, math and technology, as well as college readiness. Students come to RIRAL to learn what they need in order to achieve longer term goals, such as obtaining a high school credential, finding or retaining employment, or going into occupational training or college. Students can select a learning opportunity that best fits their needs such as a classroom environment, learning resource center, or distance learning. Those interested in enrolling in college may attend our comprehensive Transition to College program.

Counseling and training is conducted through RIRAL’s Transition Services. The role of Transition Services is to support the student experience in adult education and assist with the transition to college and careers. From admissions to program completion, Transition Services staff supports students through case management, life skills training, referrals, and individualized career planning and advising.

We offer academic, vocational, family needs and employability assessments as well as the GED and National External Diploma Program (NEDP). RIRAL’ s Woonsocket Test Center, a Pearson Vue® Authorized Test Center, is located at our main office in Woonsocket and coordinates the NEDP assessment statewide.

We continue to be proud of the dedication, care, and professionalism of our teachers, and the persistence, determination, and success of our students.


Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of this program not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, or disability in its educational program, activities, and employment practices in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.