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The New Lynn Coalition and the Lynn public schools announced the Community Enrichment Program (LCEP) night school scheduled to start on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6, with classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for two hours at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (LVTI).
The fall term runs for six weeks and each class is one night per week. Sign up at the LCEP web site (www.lceponlin.org).
The program is entering its third year of service to the community and the diversity of courses continues to grow. Along with such staple classes as Introduction to Welding and Yoga, new offerings include Beginner Ceramics and Needle Felting — creating small figures and patterns with needle and colored yarn.
Priced at $65 a session, LCEP is affordable and offers an energetic and educational opportunity not found in any other local community at this cost. Classes are geared toward adults but anyone with an interest in learning is welcome.
Many classes that were offered in the past are making a comeback. Blueprint reading and Cooking as well as Cake decorating and Volleyball all are returning.
Adding to the lineup are mainstays like Conversational Spanish, and Citizenship and more vocationally oriented regimens like Oil Burner Technician, Computer Applications in Spanish, Foundations of Childcare Work and Carpentry.
Students can delve into into Lynn’s history with a course entitled Lynn’s Colorful Past: How We Got Here – Worker, Radicals and Immigrants taught by Labor History Professors Jeffrey Crosby and Avi Chomsky.
Low cost and designed to enable all of Lynn’s residents to participate and enjoy, the classes are open to everyone and the emphasis is on fun and learning in a social setting.
LCEP plans to increase access to vocational opportunities in the future and is open to your suggestions for content. The web site can be accessed in English and Spanish as well.
Many people have enjoyed the fitness aspect of Volleyball and Yoga and LCEP has many returning participants who like to try their hand at all the classes.
Local retiree Bob Lennon has taken a number of courses including Yoga and Introduction to Computers.
“I find it fun and refreshing to exercise my mind and my body for short money with interesting people. I can’t get this this much enjoyment for the cost of a few cups of coffee a day anywhere else,” Lennon said.
LCEP classes often turn into a family experience with spouses, mothers and daughters or fathers and sons enrolling in the same classes to share the experience.