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ALFA to celebrate 10th anniversary

Posted 05/28/14

Fitchburg State University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing local residents the opportunity to broaden their minds and social circles through non-credit daytime courses and special activities. The group will celebrate the milestone with an invitation-only gathering on Tuesday, June 3 at 3 p.m. at the university’s Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St.

ALFA originated in 2004 when local residents interested in creating a lifelong learning community at Fitchburg State reached out to the newly-installed President Robert V. Antonucci. The program was given an immediate green light, and has enjoyed strong and consistent support ever since.

ALFA is a lifelong learning institute that offers courses and activities designed and implemented in coordination with the professional staff at Fitchburg State University. ALFA provides an opportunity for lifelong learners with similar interests to meet in an informal setting and pursue learning for enrichment and personal growth. Hundreds of adult learners enroll in courses and take part in day trips each semester, catering to a diverse array of interests and subject matter.

Registration will open in July for the fall 2014 season, with a full roster of diverse course offerings ranging from topics in art and history to science and cooking.

To learn more or to register for classes, visit www.fitchburgstate.edu/alfa.

ALFA is sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State, in collaboration with volunteer representatives of the community. Classes generally will be held in the C-wing of the McKay Complex located at 67 Rindge Road.

Presently, ALFA serves 17 communities and offers over 25 classes each semester, and boasts a growing enrollment. Its regular course offerings are complemented by lecture series that are open to the general public and the group sponsors trips to area museums and cultural centers.

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