Community Education Programs offer workshops to the general public in a wide variety of subjects and formats. These programs are designed to develop specific personal or work related skills, to provide avenues for mandatory professional development, or to promote leisure activities and personal development. Instructors are from the community and work as tradespersons, artists, professionals, and educators. All workshops are offered on a credit-free basis.
The following classes do not accept discounts of any kind:
- Import/Export Now
- EANE classes
- Blended learning classes (those offered for credit at GCC)
- Online classes
- EMS/paramedic classes
- Silver Jewelry Making
- Electrician & plumbing classes
- Green Heating Systems
- Weatherization Installer
- Dry Stone Walling Basics
- How to Taste Wine
- Become a Self-Employed College Instructor
- Non-profit Management Series
- W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer
- Classes eligible for CSL CEUs
Withdrawals and refunds for workshops
A full refund is made if a workshop is cancelled. Official withdrawal by one week prior to the scheduled first workshop session results in a refund minus a $10 administrative charge; withdrawal beyond that point in time allows for no refund. Please allow 4 weeks for processing your refund.
Waivers are available to Senior Citizens (age 60 and older) on a space available basis. This means that we must enroll enough paying students to run the workshop and still have seats available in the workshop. Applications for waivers are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Senior citizens must show proof of eligibility and submit a Tuition Waiver Form and must apply in person at the Office of Community Education.The total number of waivers granted for any workshop will be based on a proportion of paid enrollment to be determined by the Associate Dean for Community Education. Certain “special case” workshops may be exempt from this policy at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Community Education. These include all workshops designated for Senior Citizens and all workshops held at Smith College. There is a limit of 2 senior citizen waivers per computer workshop.The cost of distance education workshops cannot be waived.To arrange to apply for a waiver call (413) 775-1605.
The college requires a completed original (copies or faxes are not acceptable) tuition waiver form.The form must be presented at the time of registration. Proof of eligibility must be provided. No refunds will be made for failure to submit the proper waiver form in a timely manner. Tuition waivers do not apply to distance education workshops.
Massachusetts state law requires that credit-free workshops operate at no cost to (with no tax support from) the Commonwealth.The decision to cancel is made as close to the first scheduled meeting as possible and is based on fully paid fees on that date.We attempt to reach everyone in a canceled workshop by phone or postcard so they can choose another course or request a refund. Sometimes we are unable to reach everyone due to lack of information on the registration form. Completing registration as early as possible helps the college avoid cancellations.
Your schedule confirmation will include your class location. If you don’t know where your workshop is held, please call the Office of Community Education at (413) 775-1605 prior to your first class.
Community Education workshops are held at the following locations: