Friday, November 5, 1999
Community education thriving
Almost 5,000 people were enrolled in Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education courses last year in over 400 course offerings, according to program director Court Booth. A report that accompanied the annual presentation to the regional school committee on October 26 showed that community education strives to offer courses at modest tuitions that average $4 to $6 per hour.
Last year, the program began offering elementary school students a popular series of before-school language courses in French, Spanish and Latin. Language courses for children had the largest enrollment, followed by computer courses, arts and literature courses, parenting and toddler classes, exercise classes and language courses for adults. Community education offers many other courses that include driver education for high school students, health and personal growth, home improvement, Red Cross training, dance and nature courses. Concord and Carlisle residents make up nearly 60 percent of students but the programs are also open to people from surrounding towns.
In response to a question from Concord school committee member Nancy McJennett about summer programs, Booth said he is aware that some students go to other towns, such as Acton and Lexington, for summer classes. He explained that the program needs the support of the regional school district to help implement summer programming. Finding rooms to hold the courses continues to be a challenge as school and other public buildings in Concord are in use during the day and often at night as well.
While the regional school district provides an annual appropriation, the adult and community education program is mainly self-funded by student tuitions. The advisory board for Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education meets monthly to help plan future programming and to support the program's efforts. Carlisle representatives who serve on the advisory board are Deborah Jancek, Bob Rothenberg and Ray Taylor.
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