Goffstown police, in cooperation with the Goffstown Adult Education Program, will conduct a women's awareness and basic self-protection class at Goffstown high School on Tuesday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. For details or to register for this free class, contact Bill Ryan at 497-4841 or Sgt. David Rivard at 497-4858.
The Goffstown Adult Education Program had a very successful year in 2010, sending 18 students to their GED exams and keeping a self-sustaining operational budget that never once slipped into the red. Nearly 200 students took classes throughout the year, with 22 receiving GAP diplomas. GAP Director Bill Ryan met with the Goffstown Rotary, Odd-Fellows and the Lions Club to provide information about programs, and his efforts have resulted in 15 exciting new enrichment classes being offered this winter.
The opportunity to experience these classes as taught by local professionals is one of the ways the Goffstown Adult Education program is unique. Most similar programs throughout the state are offered by high school teachers and the programs are limited to graduation requirements. Goffstown is one of the few who add a significant enrichment component.
A quick glance at the 2011 schedule turns up several local business leaders who have agreed to offer their expertise by teaching classes this year. Goffstown High School FBLA Leader Krista Scarlett will be hosting individualized Career Exploration workshops, a free service for those unfamiliar with the current employment landscape. Another empowerment class available this winter is “Change Your Focus/Change Your Life,” being offered by well-known local Life Coach Erika Duffy. Duffy is a certified holistic counselor, helping people release destructive habits, “It's not what happens to you, it's what you decide to do with it that determines what type of life you will create for yourself!”
The GAP has also secured well-known local artist Steve Pascucci, owner of the Village Trestle, to teach “Beginning Oil Painting.” Hopeful artists know Pascucci as the host of the very popular GTV program, “Painting with Pascucci.” According to Steve, “ My class is perfect for anyone willing to learn a few basic art techniques and create a timeless piece of work to be enjoyed by all.”
Another class this winter will be “Garden Design,” taught by Paula Kovesces, well-known to local garden clubs as the owner of TWIG The Way It Grows Horticulture. Kovesces is a certified landscape professional and much in demand as a guest lecturer and teacher throughout the state. The opportunity to work one-on-one with her in the classroom assures that her class will fill quickly.
The GAP offers reasonable rates for classes, typically $80 for 6 weeks. Private music lessons are $30 per hour, significantly less than the local music schools. Programs such as CERT Training with and Self-Defense are amazingly free. There are many more classes, cooking, investing, even welding. The Winter 2011 GAP schedule can be found by following the links on the SAU #19 web site, http://goffstown.k12.nh.us/SAU19/, or by calling 660-5302.
The classes being offered at the Goffstown Adult Education (GAP) Program this spring are really exciting. Besides the essential academic classes like US History and Geometry, the program this year is offering Tai-Chi, 30-Minute Meal Planning, Foundations for Investing, Quickbooks, Yoga, and music lessons. And that's not even the half of it!! What really excites me are the exceptional local business leaders who will be teaching classes this year- Erica Duffy will host a class called "Change Your Focus/Change Your Life"; Paula Kovesces, owner of TWIG The Way It Grows, will host a class on Garden Design, and Village Trestle owner Steve Pascucci, also known from the popular GTV program "Painting With Steve", will be teaching a class for beginniner Oil Painting. I'm very excited to see Susan Jutras on the schedule with CERT training, and GHS teacher and FBLA Leader Krista Scarlett will be offering a class on Career Exploration. And there's even more! So download this schedule and do something creative and different with those long, cold February evenings.
The Adult Education Program at Goffstown High School will begin its winter/spring term the week of February 8. Course registration forms are available now by accessing the Goffstown School District Web site and going to the Adult Education link. Community enrichment courses will include
Italian Cooking Made Easy
Gentle Yoga Made Easy
Mediation and Mindful Movement
Bestsellers Book Discussion Club (a opportunity to read current bestsellers and discuss them with others)
Reiki- Level 1 (learn to use spiritual energy to promote physical well-being(