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Lifelong learning? Here

By now, Palm Beach County residents have received the school district’s ‘Palm Beach Adult and Community Educator’ in the mail. Don’t throw it away: inside is a treasure trove of lifelong learning classes—from those focused on adult education and job training to those that are fun and teach a single, targeted skill. Like crochet, for example. Each year, more than 30,000 people take after-hours classes at some 26 school sites, countywide. Those classes range from CPR certification at Inlet Grove High School in Riviera Beach and a pre-apprenticeship program in the trades at West Technical Education Center in Belle Glade to how to start, grow and manage a business at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington to belly dancing at Jupiter High School (And that crochet class? There’s one at Atlantic High in Delray Beach.) The variety is broad, the prices are friendly and some classes and registration are also available in Spanish and Creole. On-site registration begins January 8, 2019, while online registration can be done here, now. That same website lists all of the information provided in the 31-page mailer. Indeed, classes in ESOL, GED and Adult high school diplomas are also available online. Learn more about those work-at-your-own-pace options here. The goal of all this is simple, according to Dr. Donald E. Fennoy, the superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County: to increase the number of adult education students who enter post-secondary education and earn a degree, certificate and/or industry credential. And if you just want to learn Basic Web Design or how to Tango or do yoga, this is for you too. Most classes begin January 22.