Adult Education offers wide variety of Enrichment Courses

LACONIA — Peggy Selig, Program Director, says that Laconia Adult Education is kicking off a new season of exciting enrichment courses starting September 23-26.

Belly Dancing, Welding, Pilates, Chinese Cooking, Zumba, Quilting, Yoga, Fly Tying, Golf, Water Color Painting, Dog Obedience, Wheat & Gluten Free Cooking and Computer classes are just a few of the courses offered for the Fall Semester 2013.

''You can prepare for the SAT or the GED/HiSET Exams, attend Laconia Academy to get your high school diploma, or enjoy an evening Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner. Enroll in a free Wealth Planning Workshop Series and learn how to make smart investments in stocks and bonds for retirement and today's market,'' says Selig.

''Be adventurous and try your hand at Knitting for Beginners, Oil Painting Studio or Photo Journalism. Learn how to speak Spanish. Enjoy a class in Mah Jongg Made Easy, Digital Photography, Drawing Techniques: Pencil, Charcoal Pastel, Pen and Ink. Learn how to do Cake Decorating. Computer classes for the Computer Illiterate are offered in addition to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.'' adds Selig.

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 6-9 p.m. Monday - Thursday nights. 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 2014 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 is providing limited Scholarship help to residents of Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Plymouth and Bristol, wishing to attend Laconia Academy and get 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 limited scholarship help depending on demonstrated financial need.

 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 Fall Semester 2013.

Adult Basic Education 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 skills. Classes are free and meet from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights.