South Colonie offers continuing education for all adults. Minimum fees are charged for registration, instruction and materials. A brochure listing the course offerings is mailed to all residents in August and December and classes begin each September and January. For registration times, contact the office at 869-3576, ext. 0443, or view the course booklet and special one-day bus trips.
Important Information About the Continuing Education Program
DRUG FREE SCHOOL ZONE
New York State public schools are all DRUG FREE ZONES, and that includes tobacco products. Smoking is not allowed ANYWHERE on school property.
Registration is open to all adults, both residents and nonresidents of South Colonie. Registrants must be 21 years of age or older unless otherwise stated in the class/course description. NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 MAY ACCOMPANY REGISTRANTS TO CLASS.
Because Continuing Education is a self-sustaining program it is necessary to have a minimum of 12 full-fee participants enrolled in a course before it can be held. All courses are filled on a “first come, first served” basis.
All vehicles must be in designated parking areas only, NOT IN CIRCLES. VIOLATORS MAY BE TICKETED OR TOWED.
Residents of the South Colonie School District, age 60 or older, may use their Courtesy Cards for the purpose of participation in the Program of Continuing Education at no cost, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees for books and materials are not waived for senior citizens. Courtesy Cards are available at the South Colonie District Office, Colonie Town Hall and Beltrone Senior Center.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY (HSE) DIPLOMA PROGRAM
New York is now offering a new test leading to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma. The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) replaces the GED as the only free, state subsidized assessment leading to a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.
ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE (ENL)
ENL classes offer self-paced, individualized lessons to help students improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The classes are free to students age 21 or older.
TASC, ENL AND HOME STUDY OPTIONS
GRASP (Giving Ready Adults a Study Program):
GRASP is a TASC home study program for the more advanced student who cannot attend a traditional class. Individualized packets of instruction are delivered to the library nearest a student’s home every two weeks, for him or her to pick up and complete. GRASP is a free program for students age 21 and older.
English as a New Language (ENL) Home Study Program
The ENL Home Study Program provides an excellent opportunity for non-native English speakers to gain a better understanding of our language and culture. The program, which concentrates on reading comprehension and writing skills, is beneficial for students who have progressed beyond basic levels of ENL. Individualized packets of instruction are delivered to the library nearest to a student’s home every two weeks, for him or her to pick up and complete. The program is free for students age 21 and older.
For information and to register for any of the classes or assessments, call (518) 862-4707. You may also view information on the Capital Region BOCES website.
Continuing Education Instructors Needed
Do you have knowledge of a subject or a specific skill you could share with others? If so, the South Colonie Continuing Education program could be for you. The district is always in need of new instructors to teach classes during the fall and spring semesters.
Most classes meet once a week in the evening for 8-10 weeks. We also offer one-night and two-night workshops. We need instructors for gardening, computer skills, foreign languages, crafts, yoga, home improvement and more. If you have an idea, tell us about it. New ideas are always welcome. Teachers are paid per course.
If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sherri Fisher, Continuing Education Coordinator, South Colonie Central School District, 102 Loralee Drive, Albany, NY 12205. For more information, please contact Sherri Fisher at 869-3576, ext. 0443. Specific requests have been made for the classes listed below – if you have knowledge in any of these areas, think about sharing!
These areas include Pottery, Sewing, Bead Weaving, Minor Auto Repair/Maintenance, Nutrition, Writing Courses, Tole Painting, Foreign Languages, Plato Editing, Beginning Golf, Basic Home Maintenance, How to Become a Vegetarian, Beginning Digital Camera Use, Recognizing Plants in our area, Beginning Violin, Pilates, Bridge, Speeding Reading, Sewing for Portable Machines, Kick Boxing, Stained Glass, Graphic Design, and Auto Restoration.