IT IS quite relevant in these times of restructure within the Department of Education and Training, to reflect on the value of adult education within the community, said Barbara Crowden, Far South Coast Community College co-ordinator.
Community education plays an important role within the education sector for those seeking an alternative method of learning.
Each year Community Colleges throughout the state celebrate Adult Learners Week, and this year the theme is literacy.
Within the program of the Far South Coast Community College, literacy, numeracy and ESL sessions, are provided free to anyone in the Bega Valley Shire.
The Community College’s newly appointed literacy co-ordinator Sue Wakefield, has been teaching literacy with the college for over a year, along with Sue Norman in Eden, a long time teacher with the college.
Malcolm Privett teaches the ESL program, and has a background in languages and maths.
Through the courses these teachers run, students can gain confidence and skills to pursue further study, or to re-enter the workforce.
There are many levels of literacy training.
Some students need help in the basics and this is available in one-one sessions or small groups.
Computer programs are used to help with literacy and numeracy, and by teaching this way, computer skills are also developed.
For those who are studying distance education, or wanting to develop their report writing skills, classes can be arranged to support students in this area. The college also has opportunities for teaching English as a second language (ESL).
Again these classes involve private tuition or very small groups.
Many people look to adult education to ease back into the world of study, giving them confidence to progress to more involved tertiary studies.
The Far South Coast Community College focuses on short, relevant and affordable classes and courses that don’t place too great a demand on students, but which, nevertheless, inform and inspire.
Many students can use their adult education experience as a stepping stone to further study or employment.
It is important that communities value their adult education centres, and that governments also give community colleges appropriate relevance within the broad education sector.
As the babyboomers come into retirement and look for fulfilling ways to spend their time, life long learning opportunities will be in high demand.
Community Colleges will provide these opportunities.
The Far South Coast Community College will be celebrating Adult Learners’ Week in the second week of September.
There will be displays and demonstrations in Eden, Bega, and Merimbula.
In Eden on Tuesday, September 9 between 11am and 2pm, Mark Sanders will demonstrate his 3D animation course at the Eden CTC in its new premises in the Council Building in Imlay Street.
In Bega on Wednesday, September 10, the college will have a display at the Bega Library between 11am and 3pm.
There will also be a face painting demonstration between 1-3pm by young tutor Sarah Pratt, who will be teaching Face Painting for Parties in Term 4.
Children can have their faces painted without charge, while their parents and caregivers browse the display and the library in general.
In Merimbula, on Thursday 11, at the Sapphire Community Centre behind the library, literacy co-ordinator Sue Wakefield will be available between 10am and midday to discuss any literacy issues you may have.
Drop in for a chat and a cuppa and meet Sue, or come along to any of the other displays and find out more about your Community College.
For more information phone co-ordinator Barb Crowden on 64920052.
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