Registration is now open for Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) spring courses, with offerings that will include an exploration of how the production and leveraging of data is affecting society to a look at water resources in the era of climate change. There will be reading groups on great American short stories of the past and present as well as deep dives into Nobel laureates in literature. Learn how to declutter your home room-by-room, brush up on conversational French, or learn how to play the ukulele or harmonica. There are dozens of classes on the calendar, with the full program viewable online at fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.
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 spring courses include fitness offerings like yoga and barre stretch and tone, a survey of the history of Verona, Italy, and a look at great American plays and their adaptation into films.
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. The spring salon will host Fitchburg State professors as well as expert guests from beyond campus.
See the complete course listing and register online at marketplace.fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details about becoming an ALFA instructor. Also, direct any questions to the ALFA office at 978-665-3706, or email at email@example.com.