There are still  spots available in the following classes:

Beekeeping; Cakes and Frostings; Chainsaws; Cheesemaking; Creative Cookies and Quickbread; East Coast Swing; EKG Technician; Gluten Free Baking; Hoisting; International CuisineJams, Jellies and Pickling; Knife SkillsOSHA; Paleo Cooking; Personal TrainerSausage; ServSafe; SolidWorks; and Soups, Stocks and Sauces.

Hands-On Spring Classes
Online ClassesOnline Career Training

 Smith Adult Community Education (ACE) provides lifelong learners with opportunities to develop hands-on skills and knowledge for employment or just for the fun of it. Instructors are professionals and work as artisans, business owners, educators and masters of their trade. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they share their expertise teaching evening and weekend classes and technical workshops.

Culinary Arts

Health Careers

Technical – Trade



Honeybee Biology 

The first session of this two-part series will provide an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and social structure of honeybees and their hives. You will learn honeybee needs and go through the tasks and activities of a beekeeper’s year. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of honeybees, the annual cycle of healthy hive, and a vision of what it would look like to integrate honeybees into their lives.

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 24, 2018

Honeybee Hive Management 

The second session of this two-part series will cover the types and components of honeybee hives and the various management styles. You will learn the appropriate equipment for different styles of hives, and be provided with guidance on non-toxic approaches to mite prevention and treatment. Participants will create an apiary design and action plan for their scale and circumstance and leave this workshop with a plan in place to integrate beekeeping into their gardens, homesteads or farms.

Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 31, 2018

These sessions are being taught by Angela Röell, owner of Yard Birds Farm, a homestead and honey business operation out of Montague. A faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Sustainable Farm and Food System program as well as Greenfield Community College and the Franklin County House of Corrections, Angela teaches experiential courses in beekeeping, food systems, food waste, and food preservation.

Cost: $50 per session or $95 for both

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Have you ever wanted to use a chainsaw but were afraid to for fear of personal injury? Are you thinking of buying a chainsaw and have questions? Would you like to know more about the maintenance aspect of a chainsaw that you currently own or want to purchase in the future?

In this class, you will learn how to properly size a chainsaw for the tasks being performed and properly perform basic maintenance of a chainsaw including chain sharpening and cleaning. Personal and job site safety with regards to chainsaw operation will be discussed in depth and you will have an opportunity to operate chainsaws to practice the concepts discussed in the class.

Participants will need to eye protection, hearing protection, sturdy gloves and leg protection in the form of approved chainsaw chaps. Chainsaw chaps will be available for use if you do not currently own them. Please dress for the weather as a portion of the class will be held outdoors. You may bring your own chainsaw to class if you would like assistance with basic maintenance or operation questions.

This class is being taught by James Anspach, horticulture and forestry teacher at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

Time: Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, March 24 or May 19
Cost: $95 per session

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EKG Technician

This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. Employment is expected to increase by 10% from 2016 – 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook).

This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

Course Contact Hours: 50 hours
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:30 pm, April 2 – May 30, 2018 (no classes April 16, April 18 and May 28)
Cost: $999 (textbook included in cost)

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Hoisting License Exam Prep and Renewal

Exam Prep

The exam prep courses are designed to help you achieve your MA hoisting license. Each course will cover all of the information needed to prepare you for your written test in one of the following grades*: 1, 2 or 4.

Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Class 1 License Exam Prep Course: February 27 and March 6
Class 2 License Exam Prep Course: March 20 and March 27
Class 4 License Exam Prep Course: April 3 and April 10

License Renewal

These mandatory continuing education courses are required for renewal of your hoisting license. The requirements are 4 hours for each class (1, 2 or 4) of your license. Each course which will cover all of the current laws, rules, and requirements as well as the OSHA regulations for renewing your license.

Time: Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Class 1 License Renewal Course: March 1 and 8
Class 2 License Renewal Course: March 22 and 29
Class 4 License Renewal Course: April 5 and 12

Cost: $65 per course (plus $20 for materials payable to instructor)

These courses will be taught by Mike Florio, former training director for the Operating Engineers. Mike has been an instructor for 12 years at the Western MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health.

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*Grades of Hoisting License

Class 1 Hoisting:

  • 1A – Derricks / Lattice Cranes
  • 1B – Telescoping Boom with Cables Cranes
  • 1C – Telescoping Booms without Cables and Forklifts
  • 1D – General Industrial Warehouse Fork Lift Equipment

Class 2 Hoisting:

  • 2A – Excavators
  • 2B – Front End Loaders/Backhoes
  • 2C – Front End Loaders/Uniloaders
  • 2D – Compact Hoisting Machinery

Class 4 Hoisting:

  • 4B – Drill Rigs
  • 4C – Pipeline Side Booms
  • 4D – Concrete Pumps
  • 4E – Catch Basin Cleaner
  • 4F – Sign Hanging Equipment
  • 4G – Specialty Side Boom Mower