ALFA Fall 2022 registration opens Aug. 10

July 7, 2022
ALFA hikers on top of a mountain
Image of brochure cover for ALFA Fall 2022 courses

Registration opens Wednesday, Aug. 10 for Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) fall courses, with offerings ranging from genealogy and creative writing to classes on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent term, conversational Italian, and a look at poverty and inequality in the developing world. There are dozens of classes on the calendar, with the full program viewable online at

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities. ALFA is sponsored by the School of Graduate, Online, and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State in collaboration with volunteer members of the community. It offers non-credit daytime classes, trips, special events, and a free speaker series. 

ALFA students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in program leadership and development, as well as social and recreational activities. Most courses are just $40 (and free for students over age 90). A limited number of scholarships are available.

The fall courses include an introduction to Fitchburg’s abolitionist history, a series of hikes retracing the steps and wisdom of Henry David Thoreau, and how white supremacy erodes the American ideals it claims to love. Learn how to make fresh floral arrangements for the holidays, and how to declutter and organize your digital photographs.

The season will also include the ALFA Salon: Continuing the Conversation, an informal online gathering held every other week where presenters will lead engaging discussions on a variety of topics and issues. There will also be a free, biweekly online community chat designed simply to promote camaraderie and good conversation.

See the complete course listing and register online at

ALFA is always on the lookout for new instructors and new subject matter to share with its students. Anyone with a specialty that they think others would be interested in should contact the program directors at for details about becoming an ALFA instructor. Also, direct any questions to the ALFA office at 978-665-3706, or email at