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Hampton Township may acquire more community, adult education

| Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 2:33 p.m.

Increasing adult education in Hampton Township is a goal of the Baierl Family YMCA, according to Michelle Gephardt, the senior family director for the local branch.

By teaming with the Hampton School District, township community center and Hampton Library, the Baierl Family YMCA in Sewickley wants to pilot a community education program, Gephardt said.

The YMCA wants to do more adult and community education. Gephardt asked the school board for its support in order to move forward in planning.

“Adult education we have very little of at Baierl YMCA — most are wellness,” said Gephardt.

These workshops or courses could offer fitness, education, technology and general programs, she said.

While they may use school facilities in off-hours, it would involve no cost to the district and the Baierl Family YMCA would provide all administrative needs. It would be provided at a direct-cost basis to the workshop student, which would include cost for instructor, supplies or rental facility.

School board member Mary Alice Hennessey said tt would be necessary to “put out feelers to see what type of courses (the community) would be interested in.”

Courses could range from several weeks to one night.

Rebecca Cunningham, assistant superintendent of schools for Hampton, said the collaborative effort between the district, township and library promotes “working together so we're not competing with programming.”

Hennessey said the Y is to provide the board a more detailed plan for consideration in February. The goal is to begin in the spring.

“Start small and see how it's accepted by the community,” said Hennessey.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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