Kristine Ward, Director
Cheryl Sweet, Secretary
East Aurora Schools Community Education has released the fall 2014-15 term catalog, with thirty-eight courses offered in the district from October 1 – January 31, as well as hundreds of online courses.Non-residents are welcome to register.
There are several new courses in the schedule, as well as some veteran teachers with new classes. Ellen Pfeil will lead morning sessions of the popular Stronger Bodies/Stronger Bones in a new location at 300 Gleed Street (Aurora Town Hall building), encouraging students of any age or fitness level to work with weights for stronger muscles and bones for increased flexibility and wellbeing. Veteran Lisa Brown will offer a revised Zumba class with Dance Fusion and exotic rhythms of salsa, tango and reggaeton. Ballroom Dancing is back this term with Mary Joanne Smith, who also will teach Latin/Swing Dance (singles welcome!) – a great way to meet new people and prepare for more fun at parties.
A few years ago, the East Aurora Educational Foundation provided a number of African hand drums (djembés) for use in district music classes, and we are happy to have them available for adult learning as well in Hand Percussion for the Novice, led by Matthew Felski of Limelite Music. This group class will teach fundamental rhythms commonly found in African, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Two other short (four-session) music courses will return this fall, Beginning Guitar and Beginner’s Keyboard, each aimed at the beginner and led by local instructors in a friendly group setting.
Another new offering, Landscaping for the Homeowner, will be led by Master Gardener and landscape design company owner David Smith to teach four seasons of home landscaping maintenance in the context of landscape sustainability and natural balance. Other courses return to the adult education catalog this fall after program hiatuses--American Red Cross CPR - Adult/Child/Infant and Do You Know What to do in an Emergency? with veteran instructor Debbie Kampff, RN.
High school students may choose among five affordable sessions of SAT and ACT preparation classes (three 3-hour sessions), and also are able to register for in-car Driver Education or the 5-hour Pre-licensing NYS courses. For adults, EAPD Officer Krowka will teach Defensive Driving – Point/Insurance Reduction.
Our fitness schedule rounds out with all of the perennial favorites—two sessions of Yoga, four sessions of Step Aerobics/Circuit Training, Total Workout, Aquacise, Lap Swimming and Kids’ Dance and Play. Dr. Martha Horohoe will continue to teach Introductory and Intermediate Spanish and French, and Edward Snyder will offer Law Everyone should Know. Lester Robinson again will offer Effective Long-Term Planning for your family’s financial security.
Finally, through our partnership with ed2go.com, any student can register for any of over 400 online courses in computer, website training, personal fulfillment, language, art, test preparation, legal studies and business management, working on a convenient schedule in the comfort and convenience of home or workplace.
Classes are open to adults 21 and older, with some available to high school students, as noted in descriptions. In addition, the District offers senior citizen discounts (District residents 62 or older) in many of the courses offered; see individual courses for details.
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The Board of Education is committed to the District goal of continuous learning throughout life. The Community Continuing Education (adult education) Program ensures the availability of learning opportunities for people of all ages in diverse settings and at a variety of times.
In three trimesters throughout the year, we offer continuous programs including academic offerings, driver training, fitness programs, self-improvement, art and music, business and related technology.
Other Community Education learning activities are provided through a cooperative relationship with outside agencies or individual volunteers, including ed2go online courses and partnerships with nearby school districts.
Our classes are self-supporting, with easy registration online, in person or by mail. We welcome the public to submit ideas and course proposals at any time, using the link in the left column.