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Adult ed program expands

The Community Education Program at Bedford High School has been expanded this winter to include nine classes, ranging from Photoshop for beginners to watercolor painting and cooking.

Susan Sambrano was hired by the district to run the year-old program – the first time a position has been dedicated to the Community Education Program.

Sambrano said taking classes will allow people to make new friends and contacts.

“Part of adult education is it’s a wonderful way to network and meet people,” she said. “I want the evening to feel lively here. I want people to use the opportunity to network.”

She’s boosting the marketing capacity of the program by providing fliers and business cards to the teachers. Half of the instructors are faculty at Bedford High School and half are local artists and professionals.

The non credit-bearing classes include Spanish, French, American Sign Language, basic cooking, Getting to Know Your Camera, Photoshop, watercolor painting and financial planning.

Getting to Know your Camera will be taught by Joe Peppin, an avid photographer for 54 years and counting.

“He is just a fantastic guy with a cool background,” Sambrano said. “He returned and then for a year he served as a national park ranger at Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah – and his photos are outstanding.”

The sign language course will be taught by fully licensed teacher Eva McElwain, who has been signing and interacting with the deaf community for more than 10 years.

Kevin Dadoly will teach the course in watercolor painting. According to, the artist’s Website, he is color blind and, “intuitively feels and intimately knows the meaning of color.”

The cooking class is intended for newbies in the kitchen or those looking to brush up on their skills. Students will cook hand-broiled steak with red wine shallot sauce, potato leek soup and some simple desserts.

The adult education program started a year ago, and according to Sambrano, has seen mixed success. She said that the district wanted to expand the program by adding a part-time coordinator position, and going from four courses offered to nine this winter.

Sambrano said because of the assortment of already established adult-ed programs, forming a new one can be challenging. As opposed to competing with other programs in the area, she hopes to network with them and work together.

Courses vary in length and duration; some last six weeks, others last eight; some last two hours, others last one and a half. They are priced on a subsistence level, meant to pay for themselves, ranging from $72 to $128 per course, or $8 per instructional hour.

The maximum number of students per class depends on the type of course. The painting class can take as many as 20 participants, while the cooking facility can accommodate a smaller number.

The first night there will be coffee and snacks available.

All courses, unless otherwise noted, take place at Bedford High School, 47B Nashua Road. More information about the program and a listing of courses are available at

For more, contact Susan Sambrano at, or by phone at 310-9000, ext. 3127.

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