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Greater Lawrence Technical School
57 River Road
Andover, MA 01810
Attention: Kathie Howe

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 Adult Education Courses Spring 2011 





GED Preparation Class (M & W or Tu. & Th. 6:00-8:00pm, 12 weeks, classes begin Jan 31) $329.  If you are not a high school graduate, job opportunities are very limited.  A high school degree can mean the difference between a good paying career and a minimum wage job.  This class is a program of study to assist students in preparing for the GED test.  Academic review includes preparation for the academic tests in social studies, science, math, literature and writing. 



Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLS) (Tu. Mar 1 or Tu. Apr 12 - 5:30-9:30pm 1 night) $59. Designed for those employed as health care providers. This course follows the American Heart Association program. Students successfully completing the class will receive a card issued by the American Heart Association.

Red Cross First Aid with CPR & AED (Tu. & Th. Feb 15 & 17 or Mar 22 & 24 - 6:00-9:00pm 2 nights) $79. Designed for parents, teachers, child care workers, or emergency response teams in business. The course will cover basic First Aid, medical emergencies, injuries, CPR and AED use.    

ServSafe® Certification (W 5:00-9:00pm 2 weeks) $159 includes book and exam - 3 sessions offered: Feb 2 & 9, March 9 & 16, Apr 6 & 13) $175.  Recertification - 3 sessions (Feb 16, March 23, or May 4, 1 night 4:30-9:00pm) $115.   ServSafe is a comprehensive food sanitation training program recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Participants will learn the principles and practices of food safety to reduce the incidence of food borne illness and to improve food quality. This course is designed for the restaurant and school food service industry. Successfully passing the final exam qualifies students for certification with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and helps to put businesses in compliance.

Lifeguard Training (M-Th. 3:00-6:00pm Sat. 9:00am-3:00pm). Three 2 week sessions offered: Feb 28 - March 12, or April 25-May 7, or June 13 - 25. $235.  Recertification class (May 13 or May 27, 6:00-9:00pm) $50. This course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.  If you are 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career that's in demand, American Red Cross Lifeguard certification is the place to start.




Yoga (M or W 5:30-6:30pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Jan 31 or Feb 2) $89.  Enhance your spiritual, mental and physical well-being through relaxation exercise, breathing exercise and asana practice. Emotionally yoga offers peace and relaxation, mentally it encourages a strong focus of concentration and physically it increases strength, stamina, good posture, alignment, balance and flexibility.

Healthy Heart Nutrition (Th. 6:00-9:00pm – 6 weeks, Feb 3 – Mar 17) $149.  A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease. Making heart-healthy dishes--from appetizers to desserts--that you and your whole family will love is much easier than you might think.  Learn how to make the right choices for a heart healthy diet and how to prepare these foods. Part of this class will be devoted to food preparation taking you into our kitchen for some hands on preparation. Come join us to see how a healthy diet cannot only be good for you but taste delicious as well.

Beginner Zumba (Tu. or Th. 6:30-7:30pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 1 or Feb 3) $89.  This is an intro class to Zumba for those who have not had any experience with Zumba. The class will move more slowly at first and build up to a more intense workout. This is the perfect opportunity to get started in this popular workout without feeling left behind. Please wear comfortable gym clothes, sneakers and bring bottled water.

Zumba (Tu. or Th. 7:45-8:45pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 1 or Feb 3) $89.  Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves. It is a “feel-happy” workout.  Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music – dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps. Please wear comfortable gym clothes, sneakers and bring bottled water.

Zumba Toning (W 7:00-8:00pm - 10 weeks, Feb 2 – Apr 13) $99.  Zumba Toning takes the original Zumba dance-fitness class to the next level utilizing an innovative muscle training protocol and the addition of light weight toning sticks. Created to emphasize muscle work along with rhythms, this combination of cardio and dynamic resistive exercises is an effective use of progressive light weight training to improve overall performance.  This Latin-inspired dance 'n tone program also includes, for the first time, combination rhythms within the same songs which add to the fun and flavor. This program is assured to provide the participant with a safe and effective, re-defining total body workout!  Zumba Toning is fun, different, and challenging.  Please wear comfortable gym clothes, sneakers and bring bottled water.












Beginner Crochet (M 6:30 - 8:30pm - 4 weeks, Jan 31 - Feb 28) $69. Learn to crochet and more. Start with basic single crochet and graduate to double crochet. Make "granny square"projects and others while working at your own pace. Learn the basic techniques and there's no end to the projects you can create. Bring a size H hook and a skein of worsted weight yarn to the first class.






Beginner Knitting (Th 6:30-8:30 pm - 5 weeks, Feb 3 - March 3) $89.  This class is for you if you've never picked up a knitting needle or just need to review basics. We'll cover yarn types and gauges and you'll learn the fundamentals of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, binding off, and following a pattern. By the last class, you'll have a scarf and/or hat to show off. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight (medium) yarn to the first class. 






Creative Metalworking (Tu. & Th. 6:00-9:00 pm - 4 weeks, Mar 15-Apr 7) $290 includes all materials. An 24 hour course designed to encourage creativity and artistic expression through metals. Basic techniques in sheet metal work, soldering, brazing and forming various types of metal. Students will have the opportunity to design and complete a project or two in class.






Crochet (M 6:30-8:30pm - 6 weeks,Mar 7-Apr 11) $105. Continue on from the beginner class and advance to more difficult projects. You will learn more stitches as well as how to follow a pattern. This class is open to everyone. Beginner crochet is not a prerequisite; however you should have a basic knowledge of crochet. Students should bring yarn, crochet hooks, and a project to the first class.






Jewelry Making 101 (M 6-8 pm - 6 weeks Mar 21-May 2) $119 (includes materials for 1st class). Learn to create beautiful jewelry in just six weeks; from earrings and necklaces to beautiful enhanced stemware in just minutes. You will have a better understanding of all the tools and accessories needed for this creative craft. Join the class. Join the Fun.






Knitting ( Th 6:30 - 8:30pm 6 weeks, March 10 - April 14) $ 105. Continue on from beginner knitting and learn more tchniques or practice what you have already learned. You will learn to cable and change yarn color as well as follow a pattern. Beginner knitting is not a prerequisite but basic knowledge of kintting is required. Bring yarn, needles and a pattern to your first class.







Constructing Window Treatments (Th. 6:00-9:00pm – 6 weeks, classes begin Feb 1) $145. Looking to update your window treatments?  This class will start you off. You will learn tips and techniques as well as improving your sewing skills. Different treatments will be discussed; however, you will decide the project you want to construct. Prior sewing knowledge is required. Bring your own sewing machine and sewing supplies.















Basic English (Th 6:30-8:30pm - 12 weeks class starts Feb 3) $149. A very basic level English language class for students who have little or no experience with English. Emphasis on developing speaking ability and comprehension in the context of everyday activities (such as shopping, going to the doctor or getting a job). Some time will be devoted to helping your children thrive in American schools. Provides a range of opportunities to practice and reinforce important vocabulary and key grammar.






Introduction to Spanish (M 6:30-8:30PM - 12 weeks, January 31 - May 2) $189. An introduction to basic grammer, vocabulary, expressions, pronunciations, and listening skills through active participation to increase fluency, while introducing Spanish culture. Additional focus on useful day to day expressions.









ASE Automotive Technician Training (Tu. & Th. 5:00-9:30pm, Feb 1 - April 28) $595 plus $85 for textbook. Steering & Suspension is the second class to be offered in a series of classes leading to ASE certification. Through a combination of classroom and hands on training students will be prepared to take the ASE certification exam This is an ideal class for individuals currently working in the automotive field who wish to advance their career. However, individuals who are looking to enter the automotive are also encouraged to attend.




Auto Damage Appraisel (Tu. & Th. 6:00-9:00pm, 10 weeks, Feb. 1 - April 14) $499. This 10 week course is designed to properly prepare each student to gain the knowledge of auto insurance and state regulations while attaining the essential learning tools needed to write auto damage appraisels. This course is approved by the Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board. Each successful student will receive a certificate upon completion. In addition to this course the student will need to complete a three-month apprenticeship with a licensed Massachusetts Auto Appraiser in order to apply and qualify to take the Massachusetts Auto Appraiser Exam.



Basic Automotive Repairs (W 6:00-9:00pm – 10 weeks, classes begin Mar 2) $239.  Familiarize yourself with all systems of the automobile and save money doing it yourself. Become aware of noises and symptoms and learn basic auto repairs. Lubrication, brakes, ignition, starting system, suspension, electrical and cooling systems will be reviewed. Students will have an opportunity to work on their own vehicle.






Basic Electricity (W 5:30-8:00pm – 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 2) $239.  Are you a homeowner looking to save money? In this course you will learn how electricity works, basic series and parallel circuits, Ohms Law, easy electrical math, switch­es, lighting, receptacles and electrical code re­quirements for single family residences. A must for aspiring electricians.  






Home Maintenance (Tu. 6:00-9:00 pm - 10 weeks class starts February 1 - April 12) $239. This course will give you the know-how and con­fidence to tackle common home repair. The first night will cover hand tools and safety, plus what tools the homeowner should have. Electric  understanding splices,  replacing /installing, switches, receptacles and dimmers, and how to session on ceiling fans. Plumbing  common sink and toilet repairs, drain lines and repair­ing leaky pipes, plus installing new fau­cets. Carpentry  Sheetrock, repair/refinishing furniture repair, and installing decorative molding and chair rails. This "hands on course" will devote three classes to each discipline, leaving the last two ses­sions for supervised practice in the area of your  choice.






 Creative Metalworking (Tu. & Th. 6:00-9:00 pm - 4 weeks March 15 - April 7) $290 includes all materials. An 24 hour course designed to encourage creativity and artistic expression through metals. Basic techniques in sheet metal work, soldering, brazing and forming various types of metal. Students will have the opportunity to design and complete a project or two in class.






 Welding ( Tu. & Th. 6:00 - 9:00pm - 5 weeks, Feb 1 - Mar 10) $350 includes all materials. This course will introduce you to the Fundamentals of Oxy-Acetylene Cutting and Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc welding. Shop safety and equipment set-up will be covered. Students are required to bring work boots and safety glasses. Welding helmets, gloves, and aprons will be provided.






Woodworking (W 6:00-9:00pm – 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 2) $239.  After receiving instruction on tool use and safety, you’ll make a simple step stool, in the process becoming more familiar with our tools and machines. Then, with advice and assistance from your instructor, you’ll work on a mutually agreed upon project(s) (bookcases, tables, cabinets, etc).  Note:  storage space for projects is not available at Greater Lawrence Technical School.  Bring your own safety glasses and a 12’ tape measure.






 AutoCAD I (M 6:00‐9:00pm - 10 weeks Jan 31 – Apr 11) $250. This course is designed for the beginner AutoCAD user to gain theory and hands‐on experience on the AutoCAD most recent release. Learn fundamentals and components of a computer graphics system. Learn the concepts and techniques of true parametric, feature‐based solid modeling. Areas covered include inventor interface, 2D sketch and drawing tools, constraints and dimensions, generating and editing 3D parts. Also learn to produce a full set of construction documents, with a focus on working with multi‐users for projects over a networked environment.






Introduction to Through Hole Technology (Th. 6:00-9:00pm - 4 weeks, Feb 3 – Mar 3) $129 includes materials. This course introduces you to the forming, insertion, removal, mounting and trimming of through-hole components such as axial, radial, and dual in-line packages (DIPs) and connectors, power transistors and heat sinks. It also covers basic soldering equipment maintenance and usage. 






Introduction to SMT Soldering (Th. 6:00-9:00pm - 4 weeks Mar 10 – Mar 31) $129 includes materials. This course introduces you to the basic surface mount components installation and removal soldering methods. It also covers the use of SMT equipment, maintenance and calibration, Resistors, Capacitors, IC, Transistors and other components.







The Basics of Starting a Small Business(Tu. 6:30-8:30pm - 10 weeks, Feb 1 - April 12) $159. This course is for the Entrepreneur who has a business idea or passion and wants to know how to get started or for the Entrepreneur who has just started a business. This is a "real time" class with open discussions about real life small business situations.






 Making Money on the Internet - eBay Trading  (W 6:00-8:00pm - 4 weeks, Feb 16 - March 16) $75  Learn how to buy and sell effectively on eBay, the world's largest auction and online marketplace. Taught by a successful eBay Seller, this workshop will teach you everything you need to know to be successful including the new changes 






 Accounting 1 (Tu. & Th. 6:00-8:00pm -10 weeks,  Feb 1 - April 14) $345 includes textbook. The students are taken through the changes in the accounting equation, debits and credits of T accounts, general journal, general ledger and eight column worksheet.  Students will become familiar with accounting terminology and many of the procedures, forms and records used in business today.






 Get That Job! (M 6:30 - 8:30pm - 5 weeks Mar 7 - April 4 ) $89. Develop the resume' that stands out from the rest. Learn creative methods to impress potential emloyers by customizing your resume' to suit their needs. This course will also help you to write impressive cover letters to get you the interview and the best interviewing techniques to land you the job.






Event Planning Certificate Program (W 6:30-8:30pm - 8 weeks, March 2 - April 27 with an additional 14 hour internship) $315. This class is for someone just starting out in the field. It is an 8 week intensive exploration that will help you develop the skills of event planning and will prepare you for work in a professional setting. The 30 hour program consists of 16 classroom hours and 14 internship hours. You will construct career autobiographies to determine which event avenue you are called to. Classes involve individual and group work.












iPod 101 (Tu. 6:00 - 9:00pm - 1 night Feb 1, March 8, or April 5) $29. Have you recently purchased or received an iPod? Maybe you still have it in the box from last year. Either way you will want to take this class. You will be up and running by the end of the night. Taught by on of our former top technology students, he is now studying at UMass Lowell.






NEW SolidWorks(Tu & Th 6:00-9:00pm - 6 weeks, Feb 1 - March 17) $269 SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical CAD (MCAD) software used by Engineering professionals, students and educators. It offers the best tools for designing products of all kinds from robots to solar powered vehicles. Students will learn how to use SolidWorks mechanical design automation software to build parametric models of parts and assemblies, and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies.






Basic Computer Skills (M 3:30-5:30pm - 8 weeks, March 7 - May 2) $149. This is a basic beginner class for the novice and/or seniors who have very little or no computer expertise at all. This course will start with the very basics of computer skills and bring you up to using online programs like emailing. 






QuickBooks 1 (M&W 6:30-8:30pm - 5 weeks, Jan 31 - March 9) $189 includes textbook and flash drive. Learn how to easily set up QuickBooks for your company, post income and expense transactions, and balance sheet transactions, balance a check register using QuickBooks and generate and interpret basic financial statements.






QuickBooks 2 (M&W 6:30-8:30pm - 5 weeks, March 14 - April 13) $189 includes textbook and flash drive. This course brings you to the next level as it builds upon the topics learned in QuickBooks 1. Students continue to uncover basic accounting principles and also learn how to use QuickBooks software to process payroll quickly and easily. Discover how to troubleshoot common problems and avoid mistakes.






 Introduction to Microsoft Office Applications Package (Includes Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, and textbooks) M & W 6:00 - 8:00pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Jan 31) $379. Take individual classes or take the whole package for a discount.






  Word (M & W 6:00-8:00pm - 3 weeks, Jan 31 - Feb 16) $119 includes textbook. Master the basics of the world's most popular word processing software in this class designed especially for beginners.  You'll start with the fundamentals; opening, saving, and creating new documents. Then learn how to cut, copy, and paste; change margins and add tabs; format text to make it look the way you want.              



PowerPoint & Publisher (M & W 6:00-8:00pm 4 weeks, Feb 28 - March 23) $169 includes textbook. Create dazzling, attention-grabbing presentations with PowerPoint, a program that enables users to add images, motion, sound, and even movies to presentations. In this hands-on class, you'll learn to choose and create basic designs, animate your presentation, add speaker notes, and edit the final product. This course is designed to introduce you to the world of graphic design and desktop publishing using Microsoft Publisher. Learn to create ads, flyers, menus, newsletters, and more.






Excel (M & W 6:00 - 8:00pm- 3 weeks,March 28 - April 13) $119 includes textbook. Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet, add formulas, charts, diagrams and more.






Digital Photography (beginner) (M 6:30 - 8:30pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Jan 31) $179. This class will get you snapping away, using the functions and settings your camera has "hidden"inside. You will learn how to download your images from camera to computer, how to organize and manage your collection of photos, and get hints and tips for taking quality photographs. In addition, we will discuss online resources for printing and photo sharing. This course is meant primarily for compact, point-and-shoot digital cameras. Students will take pictures every week to bring to class for critiquing and to practice the topics we learn each week. Please bring your camera, charged batteries, and instruction manual to each class.






Bring Old Memories to the 21st Century Adobe Photoshop (W 6:30-8:30pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 2) $179. Preserve them before you lose them. This course will teach you to scan and manipulate your old photos or your newer digital ones.  You will learn to create new images, cover layers, palettes and other tools with Photoshop.  It is helpful to have basic computer knowledge. You do not need to be familiar with Photoshop. Beginners welcome.






Web Design (Th. 6:30-8:30pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 3) $179. This beginner's course will prepare you to create a well formatted standard html template using Dreamweaver. Learn to create your own website with an html template that you created and much more. Prerequisite: Basic computer and internet knowledge.






Adobe Flash (Tu. 6:30 - 8:30 pm - 10 weeks, classes begin Feb 2) $179. This course will cover a variety of Flash essentials - from understanding the tools and timeline, to animation, and some light ActionScript coding. Learn how to make a banner ad, a short movie, and even some game design tricks. No prior experience necessary!


Intro to YOUR Computer Hardware (2 sessions Tu.  3:30-6:30pm or 6:30-9:30 - 6 weeks, classes begin Feb 1) $225 includes materials fee. This course provides students with an overview of the core aspects of computer hardware, software, system upgrades and basic driver installation. You will start with a brief overview of the hardware in your own personal system to the installation of a fresh copy of Windows XP, Antivirus and your system drivers. Bring your own system or use ours.




Baking Essentials(Tu. 6:00-9:00pm - 6 weeks, March 22 - May 3) $169. Techniques for baking breads, pies, cakes, pastries, and cookies will be covered. Materials fee included in class cost.




Cake Decorating (W 6:30-9:30pm - 7 weeks, March 16 - May 4) $205 includes all materials .Learn the fundamentals of baking and decorating cakes.  You will learn the techniques of icing flowers, borders and arrangements from beginning to intermediate.  The final class will cover how to tier a wedding cake.  

Chocolate Sensation (Tu. 6:00-9:00pm - 2 weeks, Feb 1 & Feb 8) $55 Chocolate lovers beware; we will take your love of chocolate to the extreme. Create a one-of-a-kind piece of edible art that tastes as good as it looks. We will incorporate modeling chocolate, chocolate transfer sheets, silicone molds and more. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Cookie Decorating (Tu. 6:00-9:00pm - 2 weeks, Feb 15 - March 1) $55. When is a cookie not just a cookie? When it is your own creation! Learn how to create a template and plan your design. The perfect gift or holiday treats. 

Cupcakes (Tu. 6:00-9:00pm - 2 weeks, March 8 - March 15) $55. A sophisticated take on an American Classic, yes the cupcake! We will create exciting cupcake themes, from birthdays to seasonal holidays, to everything in between. Be inspired, find innovative ideas and discover the fun!

Rolled Fondant (Tu. 6:30-9:00pm - 2 weeks, May 11 & 18) $75 includes all materials. Learn hands on techniques of rolled fondant cakes.  Supplies included are rolled fondant and tools. The first night the instructor will demonstrate and give a list of the items you need to bring to the second class.  Some cake decorating knowledge required.  Bring home a finished cake.