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ALFA (Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area) is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities. ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies at Fitchburg State University in collaboration with volunteer members of the community.
We offer non-credit daytime courses, free discussion groups, and intergenerational opportunities to participate across campus. ALFA students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in program leadership and development, as well as social and recreational activities.
The Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) Office is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978.665.3706.
ALFA stands for Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area. Originally begun as a program for local older adults, ALFA has since expanded to include participants from over twenty surrounding communities. Thanks to our new online programming, we now have participants from across the country!
ALFA is a Lifelong Learning Institute that offers non-credit daytime courses, free discussion groups, and intergenerational opportunities to participate across campus. ALFA students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in program leadership and development, as well as social and recreational activities. ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies at Fitchburg State University in collaboration with volunteer members of the community.
ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth.
ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies at Fitchburg State University, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community.
ALFA is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes the following:
The Board of Directors meets Every 2nd Tuesday at 2:30pm. For committee meeting dates, please contact the committee chair.
If you need to connect with a board member, please contact the ALFA office at email@example.com (preferred) or 978.665.3706.
ALFA courses are currently being held online, in the Center for Professional Studies Classroom, and in the Dance Studio in the Recreation Center at Fitchburg State University. In the past (and hopefully again in the future) we have held courses in the following locations around our community:
After you register, you will receive your confirmation by email. You will then receive your Zoom Class Invitation with all of the information you need to log into your Zoom class one week before the course starts.
You will need some basic equipment to participate. To fully participate in the video based online classroom, you will need:
Note: You may also participate with a landline phone but you will only be able to hear the audio and will not be able to gain the full benefits of the course.
Need help learning to use Zoom? We have members of the ALFA Technology Committee ready to assist! Please contact Bill Ayadi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Updated November 23, 2021
If you are taking an in-person course, please know that we are adhering to all state and federal guidance around efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. At the time of this publication, these are the guidelines that we ask you to follow.
*Please note that these guidelines are subject to change*
To view more information about Fitchburg State University's COVID-19 response visit our Coronavirus information page.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on December 8, 2021
All ALFA courses are $40 a course unless otherwise indicated.
You can register for ALFA courses online by going to marketplace.fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.
We will continue to accept paper registrations by mail. However, we are strongly encouraging everyone who can to use the online course registration system.
*Please note: Some classes have additional expenses including required materials you will need to purchase prior to the course starting, recommended materials, and sometimes a required materials fee (cash only) that is due to the instructor at the first class. These additional materials and fees are indicated in the course description.
Enrollment: Prompt return of forms will facilitate early processing and improve the chances of getting preferred classes. Due to space limitations and instructor requests, class size varies. It is important to list alternatives in the event that your first choices are not available. If no alternatives are listed it will be assumed that none are desired.
Confirmation: If you register online: You will receive an order number when you complete your registration. Please make sure to write down this order number. If you have an order number, you have successfully registered, Congratulations! You should also receive a confirmation email within a few minutes of registering. If you do not remember seeing an order number and you don't receive a confirmation email, please reach out to the office to make sure your registration was completed successfully. If you register by paper: you will receive a confirmation by email if you provided an email address, or by mail, if you did not.
Location of Courses: ALFA classes will be held in-person on-campus in the CPS classroom, in-person in an outdoor location in the surrounding community, or online, unless otherwise noted.
ALFA Inclement Weather Policy: Online courses will NOT be canceled due to inclement weather. In-person courses will be canceled if the University is closed or delayed due to inclement weather.
Over 90: Are you 90 or over? Classes are free for those who are 90 or above. If over 90, please email the ALFA office so that we can get you registered free of charge!
A valid Fitchburg State University parking permit is required to park on campus.
You will receive a Temporary Parking Permit Application with a parking hang-tag, a copy of the Rules & Regulations, and a parking map in the mail. Please bring your completed permit application to your first class, and be sure to hang your tag from your rear-view mirror facing out to avoid being ticketed by University Police.
Please make sure you are parking in the commuter parking lots. These are the lots marked in red on the map. Parking in any other lots, or in places that are not parking spaces will result in a parking citation. If parking in Commuter lots is unavailable, please park your vehicle at the Civic Center and utilize the free shuttle to get to campus.
Do you need a ride to class? All seniors who live in Fitchburg Massachusetts can call the Fitchburg Senior Center at 978.829.1790 to register for MART Transportation Services. Once registered, the Senior Center calls in the information to MART.
Parking on campus can be quite difficult, but there is always ample, free parking at the Civic Center! Fitchburg State provides free campus shuttle transportation, serviced by MART. It is easy to use and gets you from your car to your destination without much walking. Two shuttles run on a continuous loop which usually means there is one every 10 minutes.
Thank you for considering to teach for the Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program. Each non-credit course runs for 1.5 hours each week for five weeks and is a total of 7.5 hours long. Our instructors are current and retired Fitchburg State faculty members, local community experts in their fields.
If you would like to teach for ALFA in one of the upcoming sessions, please submit a course proposal by submitting the appropriate form. A link to this form will be provided below once we begin accepting course requests for the upcoming sessions:
Fall (Sessions I & II) 2022 course proposal form - Coming in early January
Spring (Sessions III & IV) 2023 course proposal form - Coming in early January
Course Proposals are received until the deadline. Once we have received all of the courses, we will send out course schedule confirmations within a few of weeks of the deadline.
If you are a full-time Fitchburg State faculty member, you MUST get the approval from your department chair prior to filling out the ALFA course proposal form.
We are always looking for local experts in their field to teach for ALFA! Please submit a course proposal above and then submit (within a few days) the following supplemental material to email@example.com. If you do not submit the following information, we may not consider your course proposal.
When choosing new instructors or when deciding to run a new course with ALFA, we are looking for a combination of the following qualifications:
ALFA often receives more course requests than there are slots of courses. Submitting a course proposal does not mean that the course will automatically run. There are many factors that are considered when deciding on which courses will run each semester. Thank you for understanding!
Community ALFA instructors receive a $250 stipend to teach. Full-time Fitchburg State faculty receive a 1 credit load reduction.