Many adult education departments are adapting to Covid-19 and Ashton School in Cork is no exception.
According to Adult Education Director John O’Sullivan on the department’s website, “we have adapted due to the uncertainty we faced as we awaited instructions and advice from the appropriate authorities”.
As a result, the programme of classes this term is limited but there is still plenty of interest available.
New classes on offer in the school include Happy Habits – Wellbeing, where you can learn activities that are scientifically proven to increase your wellbeing. The more you practice them the happier you are. The Start Your Own Business course is particularly relevant at the moment. In this class, you will complete a business plan which will act as a road map for your business development idea. It will cover Target Market, Law, Tax, Employment, Finance/Funding, PR and Networking.
The power of Zoom
Other new classes will be delivered remotely using Zoom.
With many third-level courses not online and students participating from home, the Academic Writing & Research class will be particularly useful. Participants will learn how to read and dissect academic text, write a bibliography, manage their time and structure essays. This is suitable for third level courses with a strong focus on essay writing.
As well as in-school and remote learning, Ashton School also offers classes that are held in other locations. Golf, horse-riding and tennis are all offered in suitable locations, so that participants can get the best out of their experiences.
“We are very appreciative of the effort our tutors are making to offer courses,” said John. “We are also very grateful to the community for the support we have received in Adult Education over a long number of years.”
In addition, “it is very important for us to assure those who enrol that we are following all protocols and procedures as advised by NPHET and the Government. Classes will be reduced in size.” And, the department’s Covid-19 guidelines are also available on its site, so that all measures and precautions are being taken to protect learners and staff.