The Northeast Community Education & Training program offers adults specialized learning environments in vocational areas as well as academics, summer programs and extra-curricular activities in the evening and weekends to meet learning needs.

Enrichment Courses

enrichment courses 1Community enrichment courses present adult learners with the opportunity to upgrade their present skills, pursue new ones or explore a hobby in these special courses. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please check the course descriptions below:

NEW!  Controlling Your Spending   $60
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Monday, October 2, 2017, or Monday, December 4, 2017, 6-9 p.m. 

Learn how to eliminate debt and gain control of your spending by following a few simple steps guaranteed to keep you out of debt and free you from a future of financial insecurity and worry. See how proper planning and discipline will help you control your personal and household spending habits. 

Creative Cooking    $350 includes materials
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. – 10 weeks
Instructor: Gaetano DeSimmone
There is something for everyone to learn in this comprehensive cooking course. This hands-on course will overview different types of cooking methods: sauteing, roasting, braising, baking, grilling, frying, and poaching. We will go over different types of ethnic cooking; Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, and American. In addition, you will be taught how to make different soups, sauces, and salad dressings.  Dinner is served at the end of each class. Happy Learning and Bon Appetite! Limit 14 Students

Digital Photography – Basic    $225
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017, 6-8 p.m. – 10 weeks
Explore the world of digital photography. The course will cover the basics of digital photography and photo processing. This introductory course is designed to give participants an understanding of digital camera use and software enhancing techniques. Participants will learn how to maximize the use of their digital cameras: lighten, darken, and enhance photos, crop and post production effects.

Effective Public Speaking   $100
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m. – 6 weeks
Instructor: Gary Leavitt

Whether you are going on a job interview, doing a presentation in the workplace, or interested in improving your public speaking skills - this course is for you! This course will help you express yourself and gain more confidence while speaking. Topic will include but not limited to; creating confidence, writing to become a better speaker, finding your comfort zone, and overcoming F.E.A.R. The experience you gain in this course will carry over to all facets of life.

Guitar Lessons $225 

Only Available in Fall
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017 6-9 p.m. – 10 weeks
Beginner to intermediate level. Learn the fundamentals and basics of guitar playing from a pro! Learn basic scales/theory, chords, chord progressions, and multiple rhythm strumming patterns. Increase your understanding/ability of songwriting, soloing (lead), improvisation and rhythm guitar skills for Rock, Blues, and Latin Jazz music. You must be at least 16 and have your own instrument. (10 students max)

Guitar - Intermediate/Advance    $225

Only Available in Spring
Starts TBA
Monday, 6-9 p.m. - 10 weeks
Take your basic guitar playing skills to the next level! Learn intermediate/advanced level guitar techniques for individuals who want to improve their existing beginner level guitar skills. Learn a variety of different music styles such as: Rock, Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Folk, and Finger Picking techniques, along with learning various scales, complex rhythms/time signatures and basic soloing techniques. Prerequisites: Must already be able to play basic/beginner level songs in their entirety in tempo and steadily. Students also MUST know how to play basic guitar chords, strumming patterns, and be able to read chord charts and tablature. *Instructor has the right to determine whether or not a student meets aforementioned pre-requisites and recommend other available class levels.

Hospice Volunteer Training   $15
September 21 & 28, October 5 & 12 2017  

Thursday 6-9 p.m.

Organization: Compassionate Care Hospice
This three night course is designed to prepare individuals who are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer. You will be introduced to our fascinating introspective exploration, and our unique comforting approaches to care for the mind, body, and spirit at the end of life. Our Interdisciplinary team members will train in the philosophy of hospice, end-of-life medical issues, family dynamics, communication, grief and loss, and spiritual care.

Investments Made Simple    $120
Monday, October 16 & 23 2017 6-9 p.m
Instructor: Jim Balducci.
This course is for those who know absolutely nothing about investments.  We will discuss how to prepare an investment plan; how to make good investments; what some of these investments are and when to make them.  Nearly everyone who works for a living will probably be given a 401(k) plan, the best plan you will ever receive. We will show you how it works and the possibility of making lots of money to put your children through college or for retirement.  Anyone who wants to make money should take this course.  We will go over every type of investment until everyone in the class understands them.  We encourage all questions so that we can answer them to your satisfaction.

Knitting – Level One    $150

Starts Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7-9 p.m. – 10 weeks
Instructor: Dorothy Deveney
If you have never knitted or have forgotten how to, this is the class for you! Learn to knit, read a pattern, use of knitting tools, and understand terminology. Bring a skein of light, solid color knitting worsted weight yarn and one pair of short single point #8 knitting needles with you. (10 students max)

Knitting – Level Two    $150
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017  7-9 p.m. – 10 weeks
Instructor: Dorothy Deveney
For those who know how to knit and who wish to advance their skills, i.e., two color knitting, reading charts, intricate patterns and cables etc., this is the class for you. Bring along a current project, a project you’re considering or a skein of knitting worsted weight yarn and a pair of single point knitting needles.

Selling a House?  Buying a House?  Or Thinking About It?     FREE Seminar - One Night Only
Hear from the professionals and find out what the top items a buyer should know about and what you should know about selling your home in today's market. 
   Selling a House? -  Only Available Winter/Spring
      This course will cover how to get top dollar for your house, getting your home in selling shape, what improvements you should make,
      knowing your legal obligations, current home selling strategies and more.
   Buying a House?  - Only Available Winter/ Spring
      This course will cover finding the right financing, what criteria to use when finding the right home, strategies in today's market, 
      why is a home inspection so important, why is title insurance needed and more.

New! Ukulele Lessons $150

Wednesday September 20,2017 6:30-7:30 p.m - 8 Weeks

Beginner ukulele is a learner-friendly course aimed at introducing you to basic chord positions, strums, and picking styles using familiar songs. It is ideal for those who have never picked up a ukulele before, or for beginners who can strum a few chords and would like to have fun learning new songs and playing with other ukuleleists. You must have a playable soprano, concert, or tenor size ukulele. If not, we will provide information on buying a good inexpensive ukulele. No experience necessary. Just love music and be prepared to practice and have a lot of fun! 

Understanding the Stock and Bond Market     $120
Monday November 6 & 13, 2017, 6–9 p.m.
Instructor: Jim Balducci
We will act as your personal trainer to guide you to an understanding of how the stock and bond markets work.  If you know absolutely nothing about stocks and bonds, then this course is for you.  We will discuss the simple ways you can be a part of our country's economy and be a proud American investing in stocks and bonds.  Our teaching methods have been a rallying cry at many schools and colleges we have taught.  You will love this course because it is the only course that makes sense to Americans.

Watercolor and Acrylic Combined Art Class    $250
Starts Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6-9 p.m. – 10 weeks
Instructor:  Betsy Rogers
This art course combines acrylic painting with traditional watercolor painting. The beginner or intermediate student will learn how to use these water based paints together, to create their own personal style, blending both paint techniques. We will cover drawing techniques with pencil and pen, how to choose subjects to paint, perspective drawing, mixing paint colors, using the color wheel, choosing watercolor papers and canvas. Having fun while learning these techniques, and trying out traditional and abstract painting projects is the goal. If you've ever said “I wish I could do that", when you admire a painting or a drawing, try this course and get started on bringing out the artist in you!

Watercolor and Pastels Art Class    $250
Starts Monday, September 18, 2017,
6-9 p.m. – 10 weeks

Instructor:  Karen Keough
This course is a continuation of the skills taught in basic watercolors. Experimentation and fun are encouraged in the watercolor class, along with developing your individual style through new techniques and skills. We will paint city scenes, landscapes, and seascapes! The pastel class will be part of the watercolor class. We will alternate between watercolor and pastel painting – a very free and open plan for the class. Pastels will cover basic strokes, supplies and developing a feel for working with pastels and discovering your style! We will work on seascapes, landscapes and still life painting with pastels. Bring your ideas and we will work with them to create! Visit Karen’s website online at and www.karenkeough.comPrerequisite: Watercolor and Acrylic

You Can Afford College If...     ONE NIGHT ONLY    $60
Monday, September 25, 2017, OR Monday, November 6, 2017,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Don Anderson
You plan in advance; you understand the financial aid process; you act early enough to be successful.  Financial Aid goes to families who plan in advance - ideally before December 31st of the child's sophomore year of high school.  This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process, and how implementing strategies may increase a family's eligibility even if you have a "high income" or own a business.  Procrastination equals less financial aid!

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy within this web site as of the publishing date. All policies, procedures, tuition fees and curriculum, however, are subject to change at any time by the appropriate action of the instructor or the administration of Northeast. This web site is not intended to be a contract, explicit or implied, and the school reserves the right to make changes regarding the information contained herein.

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