BARRINGTON, N.S. – Classes have resumed for the Shelburne County Learning Network in the Barrington area at a new location – the Municipality of Barrington’s Visitor Information Centre.
The move from the historic Robertson Building in Barrington Passage was made just before Christmas to accommodate the sale of that property by the municipality.
“We are very grateful with the relationship we have the municipality,” said Monica Gosbee, network co-ordinator. “They have been wonderful.”
The Shelburne County Learning Network offers both day and evening classes in Barrington and Shelburne for a variety of courses, including GED prep, Adult Learning Program Levels 1 to 3; reading, writing, math and basic computer skills.
“We want to get the word out that our classes are flexible, people can work at their own pace, and make their own schedule,” said Gosbee. “We’re here days and evenings so they can choose when they can come and if they can’t come for a couple of weeks that’s OK. They can come when they can.”
While the Shelburne County Learning Network follows a traditional school year, operating from September to June, Gosbee said people can enrol at anytime while classes are in session.
“If people decided they would like to take a couple of courses now, they can start,” said Gosbee. “They are more than welcome. We really try to help out with whatever we can.”
Where the Shelburne County Learning Network serves all Shelburne County, Gosbee said the network is reaching out to communities throughout the county “to see if there is a demand in other areas.
“We’re interested in trying to expand our services and make it happen,” said Gosbee. “We have a wonderful group in Shelburne right now that is in partnership with Sou’West Transit and a group of seniors in Shelburne. Sou’West Transit picks up the group, there’s about eight, and they come every Friday for basic computer skills.”
Gosbee said anyone interested in taking a course can contact one of the instructors.
“They come in and have an assessment done to see what level they are at, where they need to start, and between them and the instructor they figure out the next steps, how often they want to come, the courses, that sort of thing,” said Gosbee.
The Shelburne County Learning Network is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings in Barrington.
In Shelburne the learning network operates a satellite office at the McKay Memorial Library on Glasgow Street, where classes are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays. The basic computer class is held on Friday afternoons.
The Shelburne County Learning Network has just launched a new website shelburnecountylearningnetwork.org. They can be contacted by phone at 902-637-4333.