August 25, 2021
Welcome to the 20-21 School year
My thoughts for the new school year are for us to consider and think about all the ways we can create infinite possibilities for the Adult Ed students we are serving. Infinite means limitless in terms of the potential we can help each student to achieve for themselves. For our ELL students, it’s not learning to read, write, speak and listen in English but also to know how to use all the skills and abilities they have to continue schooling, find meaningful employment, know how to effectively navigate the environments that are new to them in this country and if they so choose to achieve citizenship in the US.
For our students enrolled in our high school completion programs (Credit Diploma, GED, or the National External Diploma Program), receiving a high school diploma helps them to move forward in their education, career, and/ or post-secondary training.
We are starting this school year with 44 part- or full-time staff, and the ability to provide in-person programs to students in different locations that are part of our Norwich Regional Adult Ed program. Our registration process is actively in progress and will be ongoing throughout the year.
This is the second year of offering Senior Seminar to our high school students. We have also aligned our schedules and calendars for our CDP evening programs at Stonington High and at the Adult Ed Center in Norwich. We are still awaiting grant awards for targeted workforce development funded by WIOA. Our plan is to provide Families Learning English after school at Stanton, Wequonnoc, Bishop, and Wequonnoc Schools and a daytime program at Madonna Place. Citizenship will be offered remotely and we hope to provide additional on-site classes at Otis Library. We hope with additional funding to offer CNA and Manufacturing training to our Advanced ESL class. Science classes will also focus on helping students to learn more about Health and Medical careers.
Last night and this morning we held professional development workshops for all Adult Ed teachers. Teachers were enthusiastically involved with the activities and thanks so much to the Adult Ed PDEC committee for their involvement in the planning and delivery.
Welcome to all new staff and welcome back to returning staff. For students who are new or returning, if you have any questions about registering for any program, please call the Norwich Adult Education office at 860-823-4299. We can help you find your way.
Director of Norwich Regional Adult Education