Assabet for adults (and tweens): Skill training and enrichment classes this fall

The online catalog for Assabet Community Education includes skill training through its Technical Institute and a wide variety of enrichment classes under the After Dark banner.

Our district’s vocational school is promoting its fall roster of Community Education courses on nights and weekends for adults.

The Assabet catalog touts enhancements to the Technical Institute for those looking to shift career tracks or boost their career growth. And the After Dark enrichment program section has added more offerings for new hobbies and skills.

They also include creative workshops a parent and tween can take together.

Assabet Community Education Catalog coverThe catalog includes a promotion for their nursing program. But that isn’t available until next year. (Scroll to the bottom for more on that.) The cover also advertises a youth program. But that was the summer camp that was already held in July.

Here’s what’s available this fall.


Assabet AFTER Dark categories

  • Art
  • Baking
  • Career Building
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • English as a Second Language
  • Financial Planning
  • Fitness
  • Home
  • Language
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Wellness
  • Workshop

Assabet Technical Institute categories

  • Construction
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Transportation


You can read the digital catalog with details on over 170 classes here. (It includes much more detail than the printed version mailed out this summer.) You can also check out the Community Ed website here.

For those who want  more information first, below is a description for each overall program and a list of the actual classes this fall. Most are in-person at Assabet Valley Technical Regional High School. Some are online and a handful are hybrid with hands-on sessions supplemented by online teaching. (There’s also one off-site — ballet.)

Assabet Technical Institute

ATI adAssabet promotes ATI as proving “High Quality Training for In Demand Jobs”. 

The Director promotes:

Now is the time for upskilling or reskilling. We have invested significantly in our technical programs this past year. Shop renovations, technology upgrades, state-of-the art equipment, ready for you!

For interested students, they’ll be holding an information session Thursday, September 7th at 6:00 pm. Those that complete the training courses can participate in a “Reverse Job Fair” in January, where employers are invited to come meet students.

Five classes have grant opportunities for qualified applicants through MassHire. (Those are marked with asterisks* below.) Some courses also qualify for Veteran Education Benefits.

Here are the over 30 institute courses they are offering this fall through:


  • Construction Supervisor Unrestricted License Exam Prep
  • Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson’s Training


  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Manicuring


  • Culinary Arts Training Program (Bilingual)
  • ServSafe Manager Certification


  • Electrical Code and Theory Journeyman (courses for levels 1-4)
  • Fire Protection Requirements for Electricians
  • Introduction to Residential Solar Installation & Design
  • MCE – 15 Hour Electrical Code Review
  • Master Electrician


  • HVAC/R Technician Section I*
  • Introduction to HVAC Building Controls


  • CNC Machine Operator*
  • Welding*


  • Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) Online
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED
  • Heartsaver® First Aid
  • Introduction to Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy & Physiology Online


  • Plumbing Code and Theory – (courses for Tier I*-5)


  • Diesel Technician*
  • Auto Damage Appraiser Apprenticeship
  • Auto Damage Appraiser Online
Assabet After Dark

Assabet After Dark banner adThe over 140 enrichment classes for “lifelong learning” added more “art, craft, sewing, and brand new adult/child combination classes.” (Those combo classes are one time workshops for 8-13 year olds with an adult.)


  • Acrylic Painting (classes for Beginner & Intermediate)
  • Clay Hand Building Workshop
  • Draw! All You Need to Know!
  • Draw! Now in Color
  • Pottery: Wheel-Throwing Essentials (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Sculpture I


  • Adult and Child Partner Class (8-13) Cake Pops
  • Adult and Child Partner Class (8-13) Cookie Decorating
  • Cake Decorating (classes for Into & Intermediate)

Career Building

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Basics
  • Building Your Writing & Editing Skills to Enhance Your Image as a Professional
  • Entry Level Florist Training
  • Getting Your College Essay Done and Out of the Way!!
  • Grant Seeking
  • Grant Writing
  • Practical Publishing
  • Project Management and Quality Assurance in Agile Software Development
  • Starting and Running a Nonprofit
  • The IRS and Your Business
  • What have you Done with my Beautiful Invention?
  • Writing Novels
  • Writing Short Fiction
  • Writing Your Cover Letter: the Essential Companion to Your Resume
  • Writing Your Resume: the Critical Tool Needed for Your Job Search


  • Adult and Child (8-13) Paper and Sewing Craft
  • Alterations to Women’s Clothing
  • Autumn Sunflower Floral Design
  • Basic Knitting
  • Beginner Crochet
  • Beginners Courthouse Steps Quilt
  • DIY Bridal Designs
  • Holiday Boxwood Tree
  • Holiday Wreath
  • Knitting & Crochet Open Workshop
  • Scallop Shell Decoupage
  • Sea Glass Tree Workshop
  • Sea Glass Window Workshop
  • Sewing (classes for Basics and Beyond Basics)
  • Stained Glass Sun Catcher Workshop
  • Stained Glass for Beginners and Intermediates
  • T-Shirt Quilts!


  • Adult Ballet
  • Ballroom Dancing (Couples)  (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Belly Dancing (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Burlesque (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Friday Nite Dancing (Couples)  (classes for levels 1-3)
  • Line Dancing I
  • Salsa and Bachata
  • Salsa and Bachata (Couples)
  • Swing (Couples) (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Tap (classes for levels 1-2)

ESL (English as a Second Language)

  • Classes for ESL Level 1 (Beginner) – 4 (Advanced)

Financial Planning

  • Corporations and LLCs
  • Demystifying Social Security Online
  • How to Get Debt Free!
  • I Owe the IRS! Now What?
  • Introduction to Investing
  • Investing Workshop
  • Paying for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement
  • Social Security: Your Questions Answered
  • The Latest Long-Term Care Asset Protection Strategies Online
  • Trading for Beginners
  • Unconventional Investing
  • Understanding Medicare: What It Means to You Online
  • What Happens After the Paychecks Stop?
  • Wills, Estate, and Gift Tax Planning


  • Archery
  • ChiWalking and ChiRunning Basics
  • Martial Arts
  • Yoga with Abs
  • Yoga/Pilates Fusion


  • Essential Practices for the Successful Landlord
  • Fall Lawn Care for Healthy Spring Grass
  • Fall Pruning and Winterizing
  • Indoor Organic Composting in New England Online
  • Introduction to Beekeeping


  • American Sign Language (ASL) Basics
  • French (classes for Basics & Advanced Conversation)
  • Italian (classes for Basics & Intermediate)
  • Japanese Basics
  • Spanish Intermediate (classes for Basics, Intermediate, & Conversation)


  • Blues and Harmonica
  • Guitar For Everyone – (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Hand Drumming and Drum Circles (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Native American Flute Level 1


  • Digital Photography (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Macro / Close Up Photography
  • Smartphone Photography
  • Waterfalls and Covered Bridges Workshop


  • Basic Fly Tying 101
  • Tennis Ladder – Beginner with Instruction
  • Volleyball – Pick-up


  • Adobe Illustrator Basics
  • Computer Basics
  • Excel Pivot Tables & More Online
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to Python Programming
  • Microsoft Excel (classes for Intro & Intermediate)
  • WordPress Websites – Interactivity
  • WordPress Websites – Simple, Easy, & Quick


  • Get To Know Your Feet
  • Nature Meditations
  • Nutrition Essentials: Building Healthy Lifestyle
  • Reiki Certification (classes for levels 1-2)
  • The Foot Gym


  • Adirondack Chair Making
  • Auto Body Repair Basics
  • Basic thru Intermediate Bicycle Repair and Tune-Ups
  • Bridge (classes for Beginners and Supervised Play)
  • Car Care (classes for levels 1-2)
  • Welding (classes for levels Basic and Intermediate)
  • Woodworking 101
Assabet Practical Nursing

Assabet Practical Nursing ProgramThe annual nursing program isn’t taking new enrollments for this year. But their application season for next year opens this fall. Those interested can participate in a virtual info session in October.

For more details see the ad above right and click here for that section of the Community Ed website.

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