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January 20, 2016

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Adult Education Can Light Up Your Night Life


Jazz up your night life and brighten your future this Winter with Laconia Adult Education, invites Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.  Laconia Adult Education kicks off a new season of exciting enrichment courses. Belly Dancing, Welding, Guitar, Chinese Cooking, Quilting, Yoga, Fly Tying, Golf, Water Color Painting, Dog Obedience, Farm to Table Cuisine and Computer classes are just a few of the cool courses offered for the Winter Semester 2016.  Enrichment classes are scheduled to begin the week of January 25, 2016.   Laconia Adult Education truly offers something for everyone, notes Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.


You can prepare for the “NEW” SAT or the HiSET (formerly GED) Exam, attend Laconia Academy to get your high school diploma, or enjoy an evening Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner.  Enroll in a “FREE” Retirement Tips and Strategies Series and learn how to make smart investments in stocks and bonds for retirement and today’s rollercoaster stock market. Enroll in a Reiki, T’ai Chi Chih, Yoga for the Over 50 crowd or learn about Mindfulness and Awareness to reduce the stress in your life!   Be adventurous and try your hand at Woodworking, Knitting for Beginners, Oil Painting Studio, Bead Weaving or Photography. Learn how to speak Spanish, French or take a Sign Language Class.  Enjoy a class in Mah Jongg Made Easy or join the Oil Painting Studio.   Be bold and enroll in a Cake Decorating, Line Dancing, or Zumba experience.  Computer classes for the Computer Illiterate are offered in addition to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, or IPAD and Social Media: Tips & Tricks.


Sign up for a class in Welding Basics Arc, Gas, Mig & Tig or an Advanced Welding class specializing in MIG,TIG and STICK & FABRICATION Techniques or try your hand at Woodworking, Meditation, SolidWorks Mechanical Design Basics and also a Beyond the Basics SolidWorks class! Learn about the benefits of Acupuncture, Herbs & Holistic Medicine. A free six week course will be offered in Holistic Roots to Healthy Living and Lifestyle Choices taught by Brian Paterson, ND.  Enroll in Golf for Beginners or the Intermediate golfer this Spring and watch your golf game improve!


Pre-nursing courses are offered in Chemistry & Lab, Human Biology & Lab and Algebra I. The Algebra I course is designed to help students improve their Math Skills and scores so when they go on to post-secondary educational opportunities, they will be able to enroll in regular courses leading to their degree. Otherwise, if the Accuplacer scores are low on a college level they will have to spend time in remedial math classes.  Fill leisure hours and have fun in Genealogy.  A free Reiki seminar is also offered.   Attorney Scott McGuffin will be teaching a class on Estate, Wills, Trusts & Guardianship Planning. Learn to train your dog in a Basic or Advanced Dog Obedience class that will help fill leisure evening hours productively.


Learn to speak, read, write and understand English for those individuals living in the Lakes Region who have moved here from a foreign country.  The ESOL classes are FREE and meet Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. for eleven (11) weeks. Learn to speak and understand English in a friendly and encouraging environment.  If you know of someone who needs ESOL help, please call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.


A high school diploma enables one to get a job or job promotion, enlist in the military service, get a pay increase, and improve one’s sense of self-esteem and personal self-worth.  Laconia Academy, the adult high school diploma program, enables anyone wishing to return to the classroom at night, the chance to earn a high school diploma.  Classes meet from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday evenings.  A high school transcript from the last school attended is necessary.  Credit is given for those courses successfully passed.  Life experience credits are also given for work and military experience.  Laconia Academy is also approved for anyone eligible for Veterans’ Benefits.


Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youths, lacking the proper number of credits to graduate in June 2016 with their class, to enroll and take courses.  Permission is needed from the principal of the sending school in order for an in-school youth to enroll at Laconia Academy.  Credits for courses successfully passed at Laconia Academy will be transferred back to the day program prior to the June graduation date.


Bank of NH provides limited Scholarship help to residents of Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Plymouth and Bristol, wishing to attend Laconia Academy and earn a High School Diploma.  Financial need must be demonstrated. The Adult Success Program (ASP) through a Grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation and the Altrusa Club of Laconia will also provide very limited scholarship help depending on real demonstrated financial need.


Statistics show that one out of seven adults in New Hampshire does not have a high school diploma.  You are not alone.  1,277 Lakes Region adults have earned their high school diploma through Laconia Academy.  Everyone knows how important an education is.  Do something special and treat yourself to a more successful career and rewarding life by earning your high school diploma. Laconia Academy gives Lakes Region residents a second chance to go back to school and earn a high school diploma so that no one is left behind.  Call 524-5712 to set up an appointment to enroll in classes for the Winter Semester 2016.


Adult Basic Education (ABE) Classes help adults to improve their basic math and reading skills in a classroom setting.  The Adult Math and Reading Clinics emphasize basic math competencies and reading comprehension skills.  It helps adults feel more competent in being able to meet their personal, vocational and family obligations by improving their life and academic skills.  Classes are FREE and meet from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights.


The High School Equivalency HiSET (formerly GED) Preparation classes are due to start on Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. for an 11 week semester.  The HiSET Test offers adults a quick way to gain a secondary completion.  It is a HiSET Certificate and not a High School Diploma.  A HiSET Certificate enables you to attend a Vocational-Technical or Community College or apply for a job where a High School education is required.  The HiSET Exam is given by appointment only.  You must be 18 years of age or older to take the HiSET Test.  Anyone under age eighteen must be enrolled in a HiSET Daytime Options Program in order to be able to take the HiSET Test. Daytime HiSET Classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. This Program is FREE.  Information can be obtained by calling the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.


The Adult Tutorial Program for Belknap County helps non-reading adults learn to read, write, and do simple mathematical computations needed for everyday life.  The Tutorial Program also needs tutors who are willing to help people learn to speak, read and write English as a second language.  Volunteer tutors are needed to be trained to work on a one-to-one basis with adult learners who cannot read and need to learn to speak English.  There is no pressure in the Tutorial Program.  There are no grades involved.  The Tutorial Program is always on the lookout for adults who need help with reading or math skills.  Perhaps you know of a relative, friend, or someone you work with who can’t read or needs to learn to speak English.  Call 524-5712 and make a referral.  All information is strictly confidential.  In 2016, there is no need for anyone to be embarrassed because they can’t read or speak English.  Help is only a phone call away.


Add a class to your night life and brighten your future this Winter with Laconia Adult Education!  Life-long learning and continuing education enables one to enrich leisure hours. Laconia Adult Education offers a wide variety of enriching opportunities and experiences for everyone in the community.  Call 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office in Room #805 at Laconia High School.






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