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Education Center gears up for programs

By Rosalind Marshall
Special to The PREVIEW

The Archuleta County Education Center (ACEC) is gearing up for the new school year with several classes beginning in September.

After-school programs

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall Tessie Garcia provides art and cooking after school enrichment classes for the Archuleta County Education Center. Enrichment classes begin on Monday, Sept. 8, at the elementary school.

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall
Tessie Garcia provides art and cooking after school enrichment classes for the Archuleta County Education Center. Enrichment classes begin on Monday, Sept. 8, at the elementary school.

Pagosa Springs Elementary School will again have the After-School Enrichment and Tutoring Programs, offered by ACEC in partnership with Archuleta County School District. ACEC also offers adult education with classes available for GED preparation, Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language.

Elementary After-School Enrichment will begin on Monday, Sept. 8. Classes will include Art with Miss Tessie and Cooking around the World, with a focus on National Hispanic Heritage Month in both classes for September. Tessie Garcia is the instructor for the Monday-Thursday classes and registration is month by month at the school or at www.TheACEC.com.

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall Debbie Moore is the coordinator of the Elementary After-School Tutoring Program for the Archuleta County Education Center. Tutoring at Pagosa Springs Elementary begins on Monday, Sept. 15.

Photo courtesy Rosalind Marshall
Debbie Moore is the coordinator of the Elementary After-School Tutoring Program for the Archuleta County Education Center. Tutoring at Pagosa Springs Elementary begins on Monday, Sept. 15.

Elementary After-School Tutoring will begin on Monday, Sept. 15, coordinated by Debbie Moore. High school tutors help elementary students with academic needs and this program is free. Information on both Enrichment and Tutoring will be available at the Kindergarten Open House and Orientation Night at Pagosa Springs Elementary School Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m.

New this year will be a teacher-referred, after-school tutoring program at the middle school, coordinated by Susan Lawrence.

GED preparation

GED preparation/Adult Basic Education/Adult Secondary Education will be held at the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. Registration will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class schedule for 2014-2015 will be Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor Mark Wardell offers preparation for the GED tests, Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education, with space donated by Ruby Sisson Library. This program has been offered by ACEC for many years, and 10 local students passed all their GED tests last year. Classes are free, but there is a fee for the GED tests. Call 264-2209 for further information.

ESL classes

English as a Second Language registration is Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. Space for this program is generously donated again this year by the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St. Classes for the 2014-2015 school year will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., with free child care available by appointment. Instructors Rosalind Marshall and Susan Lawrence welcome all nationalities and serve students with beginning to intermediate English language needs. Classes are taught in English and topics include U.S. history, civics and culture, as well as practical English for living in the U.S. Classes and materials are free.

For more information, please visit the website, www.TheACEC.com, or call 264-2835.

This story was posted on August 28, 2014.