Providing further education for adults in Portarlington

Portarlington Adult Education Centre was established in 2003. The Centre is dedicated to providing adults with further or second chance education and training opportunities. A broad range of provisions are provided.

Portarlington Adult Education Centre was established in 2003. The Centre is dedicated to providing adults with further or second chance education and training opportunities. A broad range of provisions are provided.

The Centre provides a range of FETAC certified morning and afternoon classes to adults who wish to return to education on a flexible part-time basis under the Back to Education Initiative.

Classes are provided in a friendly and supportive environment with emphasis placed on encouraging adults to learn in a way, and at a pace, that they are comfortable with. Learners may combine modules in ways that best suit their needs and situation.

The Centre is dedicated to providing adults with further or ‘second chance’

education and training opportunities. Its ethos is consistent with the profile of its learner population, meaning that its focal point is on the active participation of the learner in the decision making process.

Portarlington is focused on providing an environment of study that will enrich the quality of life for both learners and tutors. It also concentrates on enabling learners to engage in life-long learning. I hope you will all get involved in the Centre’s activities as this participation is a great way of getting to know other learners in the Centre with similar interests.

Portarlington Further Education Centre is dedicated to facilitating learning, personal growth and critical reflection through a working partnership with participants and tutors and to enrich the quality of life for all. To enable participants to engage in life-long learning in an environment of mutual support.

“My message is to reassure interested students that they do not have to be computer literate to start our programmes because most of the computer classes start from the beginning,” explains Centre Director Margaret Morrin.

“I like to provide support to students to overcome an unproductive or incomplete school experience through tutor support; Guidance Counselling and personal development workshops and Support Officer.” adds Margaret.

“Our students are all encouraged to be involved in accepting responsibility for their own learning. We are proud of our record of academic success, the support we give our learners, the progression rates to third level institutions and to employment and the excellence of the facilities available in the Centre. The Centre operates under the auspices of Co. Laois Vocational Education Committee and in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education and Skills.

Of particular interest to prospective students is the fact that some courses are funded under the VTOS programme, while some are part-time programmes for longterm unemployed.

Course fees are free to people who have a medical card, unemployed, are in receipt of a social welfare payment.

The wide range of subjects at Portarlington Adult Education Centre includes Courses in Business Studies FETAC Level 5; Community Care Level 5; Healthcare Support Level 5; Healthcare Activities Organiser; Pre Leaving Cert course; some modules at Level 3 in Data Entry; Word Processing; Basic Computer Courses.

The Leaving Certificate can be studied either on a part-time or full time programme.

“As this is Positive Ageing Week we intend to provide, in partnership with Bank of Ireland Portarlington, a workshop for the elderly this Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm on how to use ATMs and bank machines. All are welcome,” said Margaret.

Portarlington AEC, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, Co.Laois.

Tel: (057) 862 3161 / (057) 862 3518

Email: director@portarlingtonaec.ie