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Full school year starts Tuesday

Published 9:53am Friday, September 2, 2011

By Amy Baskin
Community Education Director

Students not on the 45/15 schedule go back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Are you ready? Do you want to go back to school too? Community Education programs have a lot of options for you to consider.

Adult Basic Education is partnering with Riverland Community College to provide basic skills courses in a college setting. Classes are free and are taught by a licensed ABE teacher. These courses are open to anyone wanting to improve their academic skills for college, employment or life.

For adults wanting to pursue a GED we offer GED preparation classes and testing. GED preparation classes are FREE and offered at Riverland Community College. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Registration is done in person on Tuesdays September through May at 5 p.m. in room C110 in the east building at Riverland. GED Testing is scheduled on Friday mornings September through June. Testing fees are $80 for all five tests. Retakes are $20. For more information on GED call 460-1708.

Early Childhood Family Education offers a variety of classes for families with children birth through kindergarten. In addition to our typical family classes a new offering this year is a parent only series on Love & Logic. Love & Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. The classes will be offered five Tuesday evenings this fall and participants can attend one or all. For more information on ECFE classes call 507 460-1700 or check out the fall brochure on our web page

Community Education offers a wide variety of classes. These classes include adult enrichment, active learning, skill building, technology, culinary instruction, trips and much more. New this year is a class on Face Book and instruction in the new Microsoft Word and Excel 2010. Back by popular demand are cooking and gardening classes and two levels of Zumba. The full brochures will arrive in your mailboxes the week of Sept. 6 or you can see it online at

Why let the kids have all the fun this year. Expand your own learning and enrichment through Austin Community Education.

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