Sharon Adult Education is open to all age 18 and older residents of Sharon and the surrounding communities, however, we have now opened select classes to individuals 14 and older (see brochure for those programs). We strive to offer classes that address a variety of cultural, social, and continuing educational needs. We are always open to new ideas for classes and instructors. Please let us know how we can help to add a little class to your life.
Our Winter 2022 programs are almost here!
It's almost time! Our upcoming winter programs are almost ready to release for registration. Look for emails and social media notifications in December as well as a mailer to Sharon residents! This Winter, we have a great mix of indoor, outdoor, and virtual classes to suit various interests and comfort levels as we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic together as a community. In the meantime, stay safe, happy, and healthy!
The health and safety of the Adult Education instructors and participants as well as that of the staff and children utilizing our programs during the school day is of the utmost importance to us here at Community Education. Policies and safety recommendations are constantly being updated by the state and local Boards of Health as they follow the trends in infection rates throughout the state and county. At this time, masks are required for anyone inside Sharon Town buildings to include the schools. There are hand washing and sanitizer stations throughout the schools and typically stationed near the doors. We encourage everyone entering the school buildings for Adult Ed programs to either wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. We will also be requiring Adult Ed instructors and participants to complete the COVID health screener and contact tracing form prior to participating in a class or activity. A poster with a QR barcode will be posted at each program, which when scanned by a smartphone will open a google form to confirm that participants are not experiencing any symptoms of illness and have not been in contact with someone infected with COVID within the past 14 days. This form will also collect participants names and phone numbers to help us conduct contact tracing should we learn of a potential exposure.
We have also updated our policies regarding canceling in person classes should cases in the area rise and we are no longer able to hold in person classes. If in the event in person classes must be canceled due to COVID-19, Community Education will transition any classes into a virtual class if possible. Classes that cannot be held virtually (Volleyball, Basketball, or Badminton), participants will be provided with either a credit or refund upon request if an outdoor space cannot be reserved.
We want to thank everyone for a successful and safe Fall session and will be back with updates for our Winter session in January!
Watch for the release of brand new programs in our Winter 2022 Catalog!
Community Education has partnered with ed2go.com to bring online learning opportunities to our community. We will be bringing both self-paced and instructor lead programs to you in a wide range of core fundamental subjects. We are also offering online career certification training! Registration is now open for ed2go classes!
Areas of Study Include: Arts & Design, Business, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Construction & Trades, Health & Fitness, Hospitality, Information Technology, Language, Legal, Math & Science, Teacher Professional Development, Test Prep, and Writing
Fundamental Skills Courses:
Our Fundamental Skills courses are perfect for people looking to brush up on existing professional skills or learn new ones. For your convenience, most classes are offered in a self-paced or instructor lead format with a new session starting monthly. Click here for full list of courses.
Career Training Certification Programs:
Prepare for employment in some of today's hottest careers with a comprehensive, affordable, and self-paced online Career Training Program. Upon successful completion of all required coursework, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and exam vouchers for some programs! Click here for full list of courses.
Stay tuned for Fall Teen Programs in the upcoming Adult Ed brochure!
Sharon Community Education for the first time during the 2019/2020 school year, introduced our Free Speaker Series. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel two of our three scheduled speaking events. Due to uncertainty surrounding when people will be able to safely gather and the continued relevance and importance of cultural competency education, we still plan to bring Ken Nwadike Jr. and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to speak in Sharon, when it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned for new dates as they become available.
Ken Nwadike Jr.- The Free Hugs Project
Ken Nwadike Jr is an American documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker, and peace activist popularly known as the “Free Hugs Guy.” Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project. His “Free Hugs” videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. His mission is to promote peaceful and meaningful discussion between law enforcement and protestors.
Dr. Beverly Tatum
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of racism. Focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Dr. Tatum will be visiting Sharon for a moderated discussion (date to be determined).
Community Education offers 50% discounts on tuition for select Adult Education programs to Senior Citizens and Employees of the Town of Sharon and Sharon Public Schools. Discounts are applicable unless it is stated "*Discounts do not apply." Tuition only would be reduced, not the materials cost or fees. One, two, or three night classes are not discounted.
Discounts for Seniors are available through our online registration platform. Town and SPS employees should contact Sara Norton at the Community Education office at: (781) 784-1574 x 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete registration.
If you are interested in offering a program for Adult Ed, please complete and submit the Course Proposal form! We are always looking for new and exciting programs and are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2022 session (April- June). We are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and are anticipating the possibility that programs may be a hybrid of virtual and in-person programs.