2011-02-17 / Community

Oak Park High offers new adult education classes

By Stephanie Bertholdo


GOING TECH—Students tackle graphic design elements in the first session of Oak Park High School’s adult enrichment program. Patti Pawloski, standing at right, teaches the class. Visit www.ae-ophs.org to view course offerings and to register. GOING TECH—Students tackle graphic design elements in the first session of Oak Park High School’s adult enrichment program. Patti Pawloski, standing at right, teaches the class. Visit www.ae-ophs.org to view course offerings and to register. Following the belief that person’s learning never stops, Oak Park High School launched the Adult Enrichment @ OPHS program last month.

A second, six-week program will begin Feb. 21.

Heidi Cissell, director of the Oak Park High Associated Student Body, came up with the idea for the adult education program. Barbara Vaswani, president of the parent faculty club, and Jerry Block, assistant principal, supported the concept.

In addition to the singing class, an acting workshop is being taught. Drama teacher Allan Hunt is teaching this class. Drawing and painting will be led by art teacher Anna Lovejoy, and Kristin Atkins will teach the basics of jazz movement and technique.

On the academic side, Block will teach conversational Spanish, and teacher Erik Amerikaner will conduct a class in Microsoft Office. Patti Pawloski will again tackle the fundamentals of the graphic design program PhotoShop, while Jeff Appell will teach a course in self-defense.

Most classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. on various days of the week except Fridays. The cost to participate in a class runs from $125 to $170 for six weeks. The art class is the most expensive at $170, but all materials are included in the price.

“I have really enjoyed working and getting to know the adults that signed up for my vocal class first session,” Cissell said. “We’ve had a great time together, and I really believe that they learned a lot and have some valuable tools now to use when and if they want to join and audition for various choral music groups in the area.”

Cissell will offer the vocal class again in the second session.

Block said the program was developed for many reasons.

“With the valuable resources we have at Oak Park High School, both human and technology, we believe that there’s much we can share with the adult members of our community. We also believe in the joy and value of lifelong learning.”

The program also provides a way to raise funds for the school’s PFC andASB, Block said. While the teachers earn a percentage of the tuition, the remainder is divided between the two school organizations.

“It’s been great to connect with our neighbors,” said Laura Paden, a student in the adult choir class. Another participant, Sim Carter, said the entire experience has been “really fun” and a “lot of laughs.”

Paulette Walker participated in the first round of the PhotoShop course. “You can’t find a class like this anywhere else,” she said.

Block said that Oak Park High has many “talented teachers, wonderful facilities and advanced technology” that should be shared with the entire community.

“Not only are we able to share the gift of knowledge with the adult members of our community, but we are also able to raise money for our (PFC and ASB),” Block said.

The second six-week session begins the week of Feb. 21. The program is open to any adult 18 years or older. Feb. 18 is the deadline to enroll.

Visit www.ae-ophs.org to view course offerings and to register.

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