I am so excited to share all the wonderful things that are happening through our Norwich Regional Adult Education programs. As we strive to serve the adult students who are eligible from the 12 school districts, outreach continues to be a major goal and priority for us and for all Adult Ed programs across the country. Toward that end, I am including information about ongoing programs as well as updates on more recent initiatives.
First and foremost, Norwich Regional Adult Education provides programs and services to adults residing in the following districts: Bozrah, East Lyme, Franklyn, Ledyard, Lisbon, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington and Voluntown.
We provide mandated programs at three major locations:
Norwich: 191 Hickory Street, Norwich
East Lyme: East Lyme High School
Stonington: Stonington High School
Other sites for services: Otis Library, Martin House, Uncas School, Thames River Family Program, Three Rivers Community College
Classes are free and available to anyone 17 and older who did not complete high school (exception for ESL students who want to learn English and/or attend Citizenship classes). We also offer Enrichment and Continuing Education classes at cost.
Adult Basic Education
The Adult Basic Education program offers students the chance to build foundational skills in Math, English, and Computer literacy, with individualized instruction designed to meet student-specific needs. Students also complete a career assessment and a career plan as part of the program.
High school completion:
GED- Norwich Adult Education offers both daytime and nighttime GED Classes for students interested in earning their GED. Traditional classroom instruction is provided for each part of the GED Exam: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
Credit Diploma Program- Designed for adult students, this program allows adult students to complete the journey towards a high school diploma. Credits from any accredited high school transfer into the program, and depending on life experience, additional credits can be awarded towards completion. There is a strong focus on workforce preparation, college and/or career readiness as part of the program. A recent and current focus is to help to recruit interested students into the Health and Medicare Careers and Manufacturing pipelines in southeastern Connecticut.
NEDP (National External Diploma program) - Earn your high school diploma in this self-guided, flexible program. This program allows students to demonstrate prior knowledge and showcase life experiences while working towards their high school diploma. Tutoring is available to interested students and the program meets on an individually scheduled basis.
ESL and Citizenship classes
Norwich Adult Education offers classes for those looking to either build their foundational skills in speaking the English language, or already have an understanding and would like to further their mastery of the English language. We also offer Citizenship Preparation classes for those interested in obtaining their American citizenship. Our instructors cover American History and Government, provide practice opportunities with the Naturalization Exam, and provide a review of the N-400 application. Citizenship classes are also offered at the Otis Library.
Other programs we provide which have a focus on workforce preparation include:
J.E.T. (Jobs, Employment, and Training) program
For 17-24 year olds, this program helps enrolled students to learn about occupational skill training while working to obtain a customer service credential. This program is offered in coordination with Eastconn and TVCCA.
EL Civics/ Citizenship/ Customer Service for advanced ESL students
Designed for advanced ESL students, this program provides students with opportunities to further strengthen their English Language skills, become engaged citizens in their communities, and build workforce skills through soft skill development workshops. Students also have the opportunity to prepare for the National Retail Federation’s Customer Service and Sales Exam.
Transitions program from high school to college or career
This program provides focused activities for students in the Credit Diploma program to help them become college or career ready, such as Dress for Success, Accuplacer practice testing, tour of Three Rivers Community College, job fair, and writing college essays. Students work with the Career Developer to develop individual career plans.
Workforce Prep for ESL
This class is held at the Norwich Adult Ed center and has a focus on English Language instruction tied to workforce development and employability skills.
Families Learning English for ESL parents
This program is an after school class at Uncas School and provides English Language instruction to parents of ESOL students who attend the Norwich Public Schools. The program helps parents to learn literacy skills and other key learning to help their child/children be successful in school. Also the program provides child care for children ages 2-8 as part of the program.
NEDP (National External Diploma program)
Students can earn a high school diploma in this self-guided, flexible program. This program allows students to demonstrate prior knowledge and showcase life experiences while working towards their high school diploma. Tutoring is available to interested students and the program meets on an individually scheduled basis.
Integrated Education and Training-CNA program at TRCC
In partnership with Three Rivers Community College, Norwich Adult Education offers an opportunity for eligible students to begin their career in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The program provides an Adult Ed teacher who works with students to provide: a boot camp to prepare students for the CNA Program at Three Rivers Community College, ongoing support while students are enrolled in the CNA program, preparing students for the licensing exam, and helping students to seek funding opportunities for college tuition.
Special Populations at Thames River Family program
This program provides GED and ABE instruction to adults who reside at Thames River Family place.
Adult Basic Education class at the American Job Center in Montville
The Adult Basic Education program offers students the chance to build foundational skills in Math, English and computer skills, with individualized instruction designed to meet student specific needs. Students also receive career guidance in the form of a career inventory assessment.
Please contact us at the Adult Ed. office in Norwich, (860) 823-4299 for more information.
Director of Norwich Regional Adult Education
It is the policy of the Norwich Regional Adult Education Cooperative that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment, because of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, mental retardation, and past/present history of mental disorder, learning disability and physical disability.