Friday, May 2, 2008

Adult Community Education (ACE)

Chef Suzanne in action at her Chocolate Candy Making Class which I attended for 2 sessions - 3 hours for each sesion. I love the idea of utilising existing facilities and infrastructure in more ways than one - as what is being practised by the Union High School District (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah). School facilities are being used during night time and also weekends to cater for the education of the adults community. There are many-many courses to choose from and these programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. So, a person who for some reason or another did not finish high school and opted to work instead, can continue their education at ACE and then go to a Community College and get transfer credits for a degree at a local university. That is what we call Life Long Learning - Pembelajaran Se-panjang Kehidupan. The 2 guys are my cooking mates getting ready to coat the mashmallows. The mashmallows were not 'halal' so Nikki ( my daughters' violin instructor ) got my share. Kevin made sure he took home the cherries which were marinated with brandy - how thoughtful of him! The 3 ladies are mother & daughter team (Ellen & Jean) and Janine. I got to know about ACE when a brochure arrived in our mailbox, so I signed up! The courses offered under the Career and Technical Education are either I am already good at ( ha..ha..) or too specialised like Nursing, Security Guard Training, Cosmetology, Nanny ( funny, right? but they offer it ), Accounting, Building Maintenance, Programming courses ( Unix C/C++, Perl, Bits to Java..), Electronics, Computer Tech and more.. All of which certs issued. Fees..? It ranges, but one example : Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program costs in total $525 for 25 sessions. Whereas, for Intro to Computers for Older Adults costs $45 for 7 sessions. One session lasts for 2 to 3 hours... Rasa2 nya worth it la tuu..! Then there's Citizenship classes and they are ...free! The class is to prepare a person for the citizenship interview. The instructor for Soap Making Made Simple with a sample that she made. Go visit her blog, its interesting. Tak kedekut ilmu dia nie.. http://homemadebathproducts.blogspot.com .
Adult Secondary Education is also free and it prepares a person to pass the High School Exit Exam in order to obtain a high school diploma. English as a Second Language pun ada... What do you think of Parent Education... ? Motherhood 101, Sibling Solutions, Wiggles & Rhymes - lagu2 nursery rhymes.. Everything needs to be taught these days, and has to be paid for too ! One of the sisters of mine here who join me in this class, putting in coloring and fragrances in her soap before pouring in the moulds.. Classes untuk Active Adults 50+ which are way cheaper ( which I am not eligible yet, honestly...tak boleh join! ), ada dancing.. languages.. painting.. literature.. writing.. yoga.. taichi.. quilting.. sewing.. finance.. and many more under this category. A few of the soaps that I made.. cantik & wangi ! Interested? Boleh order... no problem, payment to my M'sian account.. ;-) Seriously.. they are decorative soaps, jadi bagus untuk dijadikan hantaran ! Kalau nak guna untuk mandi pun apa salahnya... Memang 'halalan toiyiban'. Hmmm, apa lagi yer...ada Community Enrichment classes - Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Health, Home, Music & Dance, Physical Fitness. Yang paling best tu under Special Interest : 1. How to Play Mah Jong, 2. Single? Attract & Choose a Lasting Relationship That Works, and ... last but not least ... 3. " Anybody can Blog! " :-)

6 comments:

Lori Stoia said...

Thanks for mentioning my soap class on your blog. I hope you enjoyed the lotions class. I will be offer a class on bath fizzies, bath oil and bubble bath jelly on 9/27. Just wanted to let you know that the bubble bath is made with gelatin. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

In the future, I hoping to come up with a lip balm class and one on body butters.

zidnee 'ilman said...

Dear Lori..
I sure DID..! My friends kept asking for the ingredients in the lotion & cream. You know..it's ok if the gelatin is made of vege or soy. I hope u can find some as replacements.
Take care...
Ainal
afza05@gmail.com

Lori Stoia said...

None of the ingredients we used in the creams and lotions were animal by products. I have posted on my blog some other vegan recipes.

Lori Stoia said...

The products were of a plant material. I am finding more recipes that do not use beeswax and I am posting them on my blog. Just search for vegan receipes.

The next class has a bath jelly which has gelatin in it and I am trying to find an alternative. I have put the word out on my blog for some subsitutions. It is hard to find a sub for gelatin, but I am determined to find one.

zidnee 'ilman said...

Dear Lori;
Thank you for your effort in searching the vege gelatin. It would be wonderful if you get them...
Take Care
ainal
afza05@gmail.com

Lori Stoia said...

I was wondering...are you still looking for Benzoin? I was in Sun Country Market on California Avenuue in Palo Alto sells it for about $18.