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Community Calendar & Course Descriptions

                                                             

                                                             Stratford Public Schools
                                                        Continuing Education Program 
                                              Richard P. Hageman, Administrator for Continuing Education
                                                            Debbie Squezello, Secretary


                                                          Stratford Continuing Education
                                                                       45 North Parade
                                                                     Stratford, CT 06615
                                                    Phone: 203-385-4270     Fax: 203-386-3163
                                                   E-mail: continuingeducation@stratfordk12.org
                                                            Website: http://www.stratfordk12.org

You can register for General Interest courses up to 48 hours prior to course beginning.

All Mandated Courses Start on September 9, 2014. Mandated courses are: (ABE / GED, American Citizenship, Credit Diploma Program (Evening High School) and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Mandated courses need to follow the registration schedule in the table below.

  • REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:  You must register in Person for ABE/GED, American Citizenship, Credit Diploma Program and English as a Second Language (ESL).

    * Each registrant must provide proof of age (birth certificate, passport, CT ID), and two proofs of Stratford residency (mortgage/lease/rent receipt and utility bill (no Phone or Cable TV), or a notarized Declaration of Legal Residency Form.

    * GED registrants 17 and 18 years of age must also provide proof of official withdrawal from their previous high school

  * Credit Diploma registrants (Evening High School) must provide an official transcript either faxed: 203-386-3163 or mailed
     with school seal and proof of an Official Withdrawal form obtained from previous high school in order to register.  

The Stratford Continuing Education Program is in compliance with Connecticut Statues Sec. 10-71c and does not charge a fee for any textbooks and materials used in the mandated program areas.

Mandated program registration dates:

Registration Dates                  Time                    Place            
August 25, 2014        6:00 - 8:00 PM                   Stratford High School        
August 26, 2014        6:00 - 8:00 PM            Stratford High School
August 27, 2014        2:00 - 5:00 PM           Stratford Public Library
August 28, 2014               5:30 - 7:45 PM          Stratford Parents Place
Testing Dates           Time                      Place
September 2 & 4, 2014        6:00 P.M.           Stratford High School


General Interest Course Listing (register by mail or in person up to 48 hours prior to course start date):

Click on a course name to see a description of the course.

Please see the General Interest Registration Form below this table and register by mailing in your form and check before the class start date.

Start Day
Course
 Time  PM  
Classes
Tuition
Room
Instructors
Monday
Feb 3   
Alexander Technique Refresher   
7:00-8:00
06
$60.00
219
J. Frost
Feb 24
Beading
6:30-9:00
06
$68.00
126
J. Kollar
Feb 3
Conversational Spanish (NEW)
6:30-8:00
06
$45.00
213
A. Winchell
Feb 24
Knit 1, Purl 2 (NEW) 
7:00-8:30
06
$45.00
218
Staff
Feb 3
SAT Prep Math
 5:00-7:00
 08
$105.00 
216
J. Horton
Feb 3
Writing for the Horror Market (NEW)
 7:00-9:00
 08 
$68.00 
 215
S. Otfinoski
Tuesday
Mar 4
Basic Ballroom Dancing
 7:00-8:00 
 08 
 $45.00
Wooster Gym 
I. Romaniello
Mar 4
Latin/Swing Ballroom Dancing
 8:00-9:00 
 08 
 $45.00
Wooster Gym 
I. Romaniello
Feb 18
Driver Education (Tue/Thur) 
 3:45-5:45 
 15
$100.00
 116
H. Knepler 
Feb 18
Driver Education (Tue/Thur) 
 5:45-7:45 
 15
 $100.00
 116
H. Knepler 
March 11
Digital Photography
6:00-9:00
05
 $85.00
115
J. Hewitt
Feb 4
Intro To Computers 
 6:00-9:00 
 02
 $38.00 
 115 
J. Hewitt
Feb 25
Intro To Drawing
 6:30-9:00 
 06
$60.00 
 126
J. Kollar
Feb 18
Intro To Windows 
 6:00-9:00 
 03
$52.00 
 115 
J. Hewitt
Feb 4
SAT PREP Critical Read & Write 
 5:00-7:00 
 08
 $105.00
216
Staff
Feb 11
Self-Defense for Women
 6:30-8:30 
08
$75.00
218
M. Chisholm
Feb 4
Spanish (Beginner) 
 6:30-8:30 
08
$75.00
213
A. Winchell
Wednesday
Feb 5
African Health & Heritage (NEW)
6:30-8:30 
06
$55.00
107
L. Wilson
April 23
Budget/Debt Elm.
7:00-8:30 
02
$14.00
218
C. Nelson
Feb 5
Fiction Writing Workshop
6:00-8:00
10
$85.00
215
S. Otfinoski
Mar 26
Get Connected! Twitter, etc. (NEW)
6:00-9:00
02
$34.00
119
J. Hewitt
Feb 19
Intro to Internet
 6:00-9:00 
 02 
 $38.00
 119
J. Hewitt
Mar 12
Introduction to Windows 2 (NEW)
 6:00-9:00
 02
$38.00
 119 
J. Hewitt
Feb 5
Italian (Beginner)
 6:30-8:30
 08
 $75.00 
 216
F. Canaj
Mar 19
Mediterranean Diet (New)
6:30-8:30
04
 $35.00
107
Staff
Feb 19
Quilting Beyond Beginner (New)
 6:30-8:30 
07
 $84.00
106
N. Satkowski
Thursday
Feb 20
Driver Education (Tues/Thur)
3:45-5:45
15
$100.00
116
H. Knepler
Feb 20
Driver Education (Tues/Thur)  
5:45-7:45 
15
 $100.00
116
H. Knepler 
Jan 30
Stained Glass (Beg & Int)
 6:00-9:00 
11
$130.00
126
J. Kollar

 

Note: Stratford Seniors(60 yrs and older) pay 50 % of the tuition!

Click here to access the General Interest registration form.

Mail Forms to:
Stratford Continuing Education, 45 North Parade, Stratford, CT   06615
Checks should be made payable to: Stratford Continuing Education

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

ARTS & CRAFTS

BEADING: Learn different techniques to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. $20.00 material fee payable to the instructor.
Instructor: J. Kollar    
Monday 6:30 – 9:00 pm         February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Tuition: $68.00/6 classes

 

INTRO TO DRAWING: Learning to draw is an important basic skill for any person. We will train your eyes vision as you create your own "works of art." Using charcoal and pencils, you will learn various techniques. Have fun and tap into your inner talents. Please bring to the first class: a drawing pad, pencils #2H, HB, 2B, and a kneaded eraser. An additional supply list will be handed out in class.
Instructor: J. Kollar   
Tuesday 6:30 – 9:00 pm         February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 
Tuition: $60.00/6 classes 


KNIT 1, PURL 2: Looking for a relaxing practical hobby? Come, join a beginners' class for knitters! You will learn the basic knit and purl stitches, how to cast on two different ways and how to cast off and finish your project. This time of year, everyone can use a scarf. You can choose garter or stockinette stitch. Under the guidance of an experienced knitter, you will be able to feel confident in practicing and working on your project, even while not in class. Materials fee for yarn and a pair of needles is $15, payable to instructor the night of the first class.
Instructor: Staff
Monday 7:00 – 8:30 pm         February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  
Tuition: $45.00/6 classes



QUILTING BEYOND BEGINNER - STRIP QUILT PATTERN (Intermediate): In this class we will be making a quilt, the size is your choice: Throw (63x80) Full (80x 96) Queen (96x96). We will be using 2.5 x 45" strips of fabrics, these strips can be purchased in a "Jelly Roll" which is collections of fabrics that all coordinate together. Or you can use up your stash fabrics and make a scrappy quilt. This fast and easy quilt has charm and elegance and it will be fun to make. If you are interested in seeing the quilt or if you have any questions please email me at nls19quilts@yahoo.com. The class will be 7 weeks.
Instructor: N. Satkowski
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 pm       February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
Tuition: $84.00/7 classes

 

STAINED GLASS: (Beginner & Intermediate) Do you appreciate the beauty of stained glass?  Please join us for a fun filled creative experience.  Beginners will learn the basics by creating a sun catcher to learn the fundamentals then go on to create a beautiful panel of their own choice.  We will cover a brief history, types of glass, pattern making, cutting techniques, soldering and framing.  The use of tools will be provided.  Intermediate students will now challenge themselves to more complex patterns and improving their techniques.  There is a $20.00 material fee for board, frame, pins and zinc.  Sun catcher material are included. Materials for finished panel are not included.   
Instructor:  J. Kollar
Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm     January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
Tuition:  $130.00 11/classes 

 

COMPUTER EDUCATION

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Students in this five-session course will learn to take better photographs, then edit, improve, modify, share, and most important preserve them for future generations, using the software already on most computers. We'll cover the steps to prevent loss of your photos, organizing files, removing red-eye, cropping, improving color and brightness, rotation, flipping, and basic principles common to digital and conventional photography. There will be ample time for individual instruction and improving photos taken by students. If you have a digital camera, bring it to class, but it is not required. The instructor has experience in both photography and computers. PREREQUISITES: Some familiarity with computers, Introduction to Computers, or Introduction to Windows.    
Instructor:  J. Hewitt
Tuesday 6:00-9:00 pm           March 11, 18, 25, April 8, 22
Tuition:  $85.00 5/classes

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS: This course introduces students to the very basics, including computer terminology, hardware and software, use of Windows, and creating, saving, and printing a simple document. The goal is for students to become comfortable with the technology through a hands-on-approach with personal attention, in a modern, well-equipped computer lab. PREREQUISITES: NONE.
Instructor:  J. Hewitt
Tuesday  6:00-9:00 pm            February 4, 11
Tuition:  $38.00 2/classes

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET:  This course is intended for the beginning internet user who has familiarity with computer basics or has completed Introduction to Computers.  Students will learn about Web browsers, search engines such as Google, common terminology, Web cams, maps, types of information available, and the benefits and risks associated with use of the Internet. A hands-on approach is provided with ample personal attention in a modern, well-equipped computer lab.   
Instructor:  J. Hewitt
Wednesday  6:00-9:00 pm            February 19, 26  
Tuition:  $38.00 2/classes

 

INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS: This three-session course is designed for the novice personal computer user and builds on Introduction to Computers. Students will learn the fundamentals of using a Windows-based computer through a hands-on approach with ample personal attention. Topics include computer fundamentals, the Windows controls, desktop, taskbar, documents, recycle bin, shortcuts, customizing, file management, popular applications, and much more. This course is essential for anyone who wishes to become more confident using a computer.
Instructor:  J. Hewitt
Tuesday 6:00-9:00 pm             February 18, 25, March 4  
Tuition:  $52.00 3/classes

 GET CONNECTED! AN INTRODUCTION TO TWITTER, YOUTUBE, AND OTHER SOCIAL UTILITIES: Twitter is a social network used by millions of people, including President Obama, Pope Francis, and Mayor Harkins. Thousands more are signing up every day to share short messages and photos with groups of friends. Also, you can find just about everything on YouTube. This course will guide you into the world of Social media in a lively question-and-answer format, with one premise: there is no such thing as a dumb question. A hands-on approach is provided with ample personal attention
Instructor: J. Hewitt   
Monday 6:00-9:00 pm           March 26, April 9 
Tuition:  $38.00/2 classes   

INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS 2: This two-night course follows Introduction to Windows and is designed to assist novice computer users in bridging the gap between Introduction to Windows and intermediate level courses. Students will gain familiarity with Windows file management, formatting in Word, and the use of e-mail by training hands-on in a modern computer lab. Topics include Windows navigation, selecting and formatting text, choosing strong passwords, working with e-mail attachments, and sorting columns of data. The topics may vary depending on student needs, and the instructor can provide individualized guidance. This course is beneficial for anyone who has completed Introduction to Windows or has equivalent knowledge.   
Instructor: J. Hewitt
Wednesday 6:00-9:00 pm      March 12, 19
Tuition:  $38.00/2 classes

 

 

GENERAL INTEREST


ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE REFRESHER: This class is designed primarily for those who have had some prior exposure to the Alexander Technique, whether recent or long ago, and wish to refresh their connection with it. We will renew Alexander's discoveries as we explore the carrying out of activities that each participant will find useful in the service of making their lives easier. Limited to the first 8 people.
Instructor: J. Frost
Monday 7:00-8:00 pm                  February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17
Tuition: $60.00/6 classes


AFRICAN HEALTH & HERITAGE: A Taste of African Heritage is a new kind of cooking program designed to bring back healthy "old Ways" of eating by stirring up excitement and exposure to the foods and flavors of African heritage. A Taste of African Heritage brings Oldways' African Heritage Diet Pyramid to life, allowing students to "meet" the major foods of the pyramid and to learn how to easily prepare them. Each class focuses on one or two of the pyramid's major food groups and takes students on a historical and flavorful adventure through: Traditional Herbs and Spices, Greens, Whole grains, Beans & Rice, Tubers and Stews, Fruits, Vegetables and a Healthy Lifestyle.
Instructor: Staff
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm           February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
Tuition: $55.00/6 classes

BASIC BALLROOM DANCING STYLE: Enjoy the opportunity to learn to dance in a relaxed environment. We will focus on leading and following, learning dances, timing and technique. Most important, having fun while learning to make sure that you can feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Basic Ballroom Dancing Style will focus on more traditional ballroom dances; Fox Trot, Swing, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, and Cha Cha. You can take one or both sessions of Ballroom Dancing for an exposure to a vast variety of dance styles.
Instructor:  I. Romaniello
Tuesday   7:00-8:00 pm              WOOSTER GYM   March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Tuition:  $45.00 8/classes per person
If you take both classes (2 hours) the cost is $80.00


LATIN/SWING BALLROOM DANCING: This course will offer instruction on Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Samba. Taking both one hour sessions will give you exposure to a vast variety of dance styles.
Instructor:  I. Romaniello
Tuesday   8:00-9:00 pm              WOOSTER GYM    March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Tuition:  $45.00 8/classes per person
If you take both classes (2 hours) the cost is $80.00


BUDGET/DEBT ELIMINATION: Are you tired of financing dinner? Imagine returning from a vacation and discovering you have “maxed out” on your credit cards.  Personal and family budgeting does not have to be difficult or a hassle.  With a little instruction, anyone can learn and master their budget.  Students will receive a budget and experienced coaching on how to use it.  Own your paycheck!  Over one million bankruptcies will be filed next year.  Don’t let your family be one of them.  Learn how to get out of debt completely with the Debt Elimination Workshop. A $5.00 materials fee per student will be collected by the instructor.
Instructor:  Financial Literacy Coalition/C. Nelson
Tuesday  7:00-8:30 pm                April 23, 30
Tuition:  $14.00 per registration (Married couple = one registration)


MEDITERRANEAN DIET: When you think of the Mediterranean, what comes to mind? Turquoise water? Sunny Skies? Olive trees? The Mediterranean Diet (or Med Diet) reflects a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean, but you don't need to travel any farther than to your local supermarket to discover its delicious flavors and fresh foods. It's easy to bring the remarkable health benefits and affordable Mediterranean style of eating to your kitchen cupboard, your refrigerator, your countertops, your stovetop, your oven, and your table every day. Embracing the Med Diet is all about making some simple but profound changes in the way you eat today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. This class is a journey through many of the delicious and satisfying taste of the Mediterranean Diet.
Instructor: Staff
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm          March 19, 26, April 2, 9
Tuition: $35.00/4 classes

SELF DEFENSE FOR WOMEN: Nearly 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted at some time in her life - 1 in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence - In 2012, the Stratford Police Department investigated 23 REPORTED rapes or sexual assaults. This is a hand-to-hand combat defensive tactics system that is specific to the needs and abilities of women, know as Right Reaction Women's Defense System. This will prepare women for REALISTIC street encounters with REALISTIC solutions. This is not a martial arts class. It is a self-defense fighting techniques designed specifically for women. This course will consist of lecture, discussion, physical strategies, some physical conditioning, and a dynamic way to understand body mechanics. The course is taught by State Law Enforcement Instructor Martin W. Chisholm.   
Instructor:  M. Chisholm    
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm                 February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Tuition:  $75.00/8 classes


LANGUAGE ARTS

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP: As novelist John Garnder wrote in his seminal craft book The Art of Fiction, "fiction does its work by creating a dream in the reader's mind." The writer sustains that dream through the imaginative use of craft as he or she creates setting, character, plot, and theme. This course is designed for both the novice and experienced writer to help them develop and refine their craft as fiction writers. Writers can bring in existing work or generate new work in the short story or novel form. The emphasis will be on workshop critique and discussion and revision of each piece. The instructor is the author of more than 150 books, both fiction, and non fiction
Instructor:  S. Otfinoski  
Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm             February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Tuition:  $85.00/10 classes

ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND ALIENS: WRITING FOR THE HORROR MARKET: The Walking Dead..., The Twilight series..., Stephen King..., American culture is experiencing a horror Renaissance in fiction, movies and television. This 10-week workshop will help you develop your own horror/sci-fi/fantasy scenario whether it is a short story, novel, or even a screenplay. Along the way, we will study the craft of the horror genre as it applies to such elements of fiction as setting, mood, plot, character and dialogue. We'll look at some models of horror in fiction and movies for inspiration and learn the fine distinction between horror and terror. The emphasis will be on workshop critique and discussion as we revise our work to make it more marketable.
Instructor:  S. Otfinoski  
Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm             February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Tuition:  $68.00/8 classes

 

 WORLD LANGUAGE EDUCATION

ITALIAN (Beginner): This course introduces the student to common expressions, readings, culture and dialog for everyday use.  It is a generalized course to help the student build a start-up vocabulary and develop a basic appreciation of the language for the student, traveler or business person.  Ample opportunity for practice is provided through a variety of oral and written exercises and activities.  No prior knowledge of Italian is required.  Text to be used:  ITALIAN, The Easy Way by Marcel Danesi, 3rd edition, Barron's Educational Series.  An Italian/English pocket dictionary is also recommended.  Available at Barnes and Noble Book Store.
Instructor:  F. Canaj
Wednesday  6:30-8:30 pm                    February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Tuition:  $75.00/8 classes

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH: Students will have the opportunity to use the grammar and vocabulary covered in the "Spanish for Beginners" Class. Conversations on a variety of everyday topics will be held, and more advanced grammar will be introduced. Prerequisite: Completion of the "Spanish for Beginners" Class.
Instructor:  A. Winchell
Monday  6:30-8:00 pm                        February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17
Tuition:  $45.00/6 classes

SPANISH (Beginner): This course is for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish.  It introduces basic vocabulary, grammar, common expressions, and dialog for everyday use.  It is a generalized course to help the student build a start-up vocabulary and develop a basic appreciation of the language for the student, traveler, or business person.  Materials will be provided by the instructor.
Instructor:  A. Winchell
Monday  6:30-8:30 pm                        February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Tuition:  $75.00/8 classes

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**GENERAL INFORMATION**

REFUNDS:  THERE WILL BE NO REFUND OF THE TUITION FEE OR ANY FRACTION OF THE SAME AFTER THE FIRST CLASS.  If the school cancels a course, the school will return the entire course fee.  If a student withdraws from a course prior to 24 hours before the first class, the tuition fee less $5.00 will be refunded upon written request.  Please allow at least one month for processing of the refund.

COURSE CANCELLATIONS:  Classes may be canceled for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason deemed necessary by the Administrator for Continuing Education.  Tuition will be refunded when classes are canceled.

ACCEPTANCE:  You are enrolled in class unless contacted by the Continuing Education Office.  NO REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION WILL BE MAILED TO YOU.  If registering late, call to ensure the class is not filled; this can facilitate other choices.  In the event of a filled class or a class cancellation, every attempt will be made to notify you by phone.  A waiting list for filled classes will be maintained, and calls made in sequential order if openings become available.

CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT AND ATTENDANCE:  Certificates are available for any personal or business need if requested in advance from the instructor.  For further information, contact the Continuing Education Office at
continuingeducaton@stratfordk12.org or calling 203-385-4270.

STORM CANCELLATION POLLICY:  In general, during periods of poor weather, if the daytime public schools are in session, the Continuing Education Programs will be in session.  However, if during the day, weather conditions change drastically, please listen to WICC (600AM), WEZN (FM) or CABLEVISION NEWS 12 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for a school cancellation announcement.  Finally, if the day school sessions are not held, the Continuing Education programs will not be held, regardless of weather changes.

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The Stratford Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability/handicap in admission or access to or treatment of employment in its program or activities.

This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the ADA and section 504 may be forwarded to the designated ADA and 504 Compliance Coordinator:

                                            Sharon DeAngelo
                                            Director of Pupil Services
                                            Stratford Board of Education
                                            1000 East Broadway
                                            Stratford, CT   06615
                                            203-385-4225
                                            Monday-Friday  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Those needing assistance to gain access to classrooms or any other part of the building should contact Stratford Continuing Education at 203-385-4270 prior to the event so the necessary accommodations may be provided.  The adult education program is committed to making our course offerings accessible.  We will work with individuals to support their special needs.  Any Individual with a disability who require an accommodation in order to participate in any class, program or activity should contact Stratford Continuing Education.

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