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BCC's Adult Learning Program Offers FREE English & GED Classes
Sep 6, 2013

Berkshire Community College's (BCC) Adult Learning Program is offering English (ESOL) and GED Classes at its South County Center in Great Barrington. The classes, which start the week of Sept. 9, are free and open to the public.

This is the second time that BCC is offering ESOL and GED courses, which is funded through a grant from the Adult and Community Learning Services at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The first round of classes, which were held this past spring, attracted great interest from area residents and resulted in more than 100 students registered across nine classes.

"We are really excited about the start of our second year," said Kelly Jourdain, academic coordinator of BCC's Adult Learning Program. "We've invested in technology for our students with the purchases of iPads and Kindles as well as a SMART board in our classroom. Our students will use this technology in a much more project based curriculum plan. Now that our program is bridged with BCC, our students have many more opportunities to continue learning; whether it's a credit degree program, certificate or specialized workshop."

The classes (which run for a total of 32 weeks) are as follows:

ESOL morning classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at BCC's South County Center at 343 Main Street in Great Barrington. Classes start Sept. 9. 

ESOL evening classes and GED preparation will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington. Classes begin Sept. 10.

A distance learning option is also available for ESOL students who many not be able to make a commitment to a class that meets three days a week.

Students who maintain a certain number of attendance hours receive a completion of certification.

Registration is not required. Those interested may simply choose a class and enroll upon attending.

For more information, call 413-236-5202.


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