ADULT EDUCATION - The William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center

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Happy New Year!


All of us at the William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center are wishing you a happy and healthy start to your 2022. We are open for in person and online classes.
If you are interested in our FREE English, HiSET/GED Prep, Adult Diploma or Adult Basic Education classes, please contact Bridget Manarchik by email at bmanarchik@pittsfield.net or phone 413.499.9530 and we will get back to you. Please read below to discover what we offer. 


IN-PERSON AND REMOTE CLASSES TO BE OFFERED THIS YEAR


Due to COVID-19, the William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center (WSPALC) will be providing in-person and remote instruction during the year in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, WSPALC will use one of two earning models based on the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.  For both models, students will be required to have a Pittsfield.Net Gmail account, use Google Classroom and other Google Apps (i.e. Docs), and Zoom for online meetings.  Below are the definitions of the three learning models that could be utilized this year:

In-Person Model (100% In-Person) – Teachers will be providing 100% of their instruction to 100% of the students at the same time within the WSPALC facility at 141 North St. Suite 4, Pittsfield, MA.  This has been the traditional model used by WSPALC since 1976 as students are expected to attend all classes in-person unless excused.

Remote Model (100% Virtual/Remote) – Teachers will be providing live virtual instruction via Zoom.  In addition, teachers will also offer asynchronous learning as all materials will be located on Google Classroom and the students have access to various web-based learning resources.   Each class will be split into two cohorts (A or B) with each group meeting live virtually every other week as each off week will involve asynchronous remote learning.  For instance, the A1-ABE 1/2 Morning class that meets on Monday/Wednesday from 8:30am-12:00pm for 3.5 hours per class (7 per week) will result in 7 hours of live virtual learning and 7 hours of asynchronous remote learning over a two-week period.  Overall, students could potentially accrue 115.5 hours of virtual class time and another 115.5 hours of asynchronous learning time.

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