Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center


Serving the Towns of Huntington, Chester, Russell, and Middlefield,SHAEC offers programs in GED Preparation, Career Guidance, and Computer Courses

9 Russell RoadPO Box 444Huntington, MA 01050(413) 667-0217

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Classes and Workshops at SHAEC

Program Areas:

  • Adult Basic Education and GED
  • Computer Skills
  • Work and Life Skills

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED

  • GED preparation
  • Practical Math
  • Reading and Writing Skills


GED Prep Courses

Instructors: Leslie Edwards, Robert Miller, and Dee Kinlock

Mondays (10:00am - Noon) this session is focused on Math and English. This time is reserved for mothers with children. Childcare is provided on site and you must call at least one week in advance.

Mondays (1pm - 3pm) and (3pm - 5pm) open to all with the focus on Math and English.

Tuesdays (6pm - 8pm) open to all with a focus on Math

Wednesdays (3pm - 5pm) open to all with a focus on Science and Social Studies

General Information on the GED

The GED (General Educational Development) Test Battery is a national examination developed by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. The American Council reports that almost all (more than 95%) of employers in the nation employ GED graduates and offer them the same salaries and opportunities for advancement as traditional high school graduates.
The actual tests are administered at area community colleges, including Holyoke Community College, Berkshire Community College, Springfield Technical and Community College, and Greenfield Community College. For more information on the GED in Massachusetts, go to the State Department of Education Website:

Test Organized (5 parts):

  • Language Arts, Writing: divided into a 50 question test on organization, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics, and an essay writing component.
  • Social Studies: 50 questions in world history, US history, civics and government, economics, and geography.
  • Science: 50 questions in life sciences, earth and space science, physical sciences (physics and chemistry).
  • Language Arts, Reading: 40 questions on literary text (poetry, drama, fiction) and nonfiction prose (informational text, literary nonfiction, viewing component, business documents).
  • Mathematics: 50 questions on number operations, number sense, measurement and geometry, data analysis, and algebra. (on half of which one can use a calculator).

Computer Skills

Basic Adobe Photoshop

Instructor: George Peterson

Thurs., January 26th and Feb 2nd, 6-8 pm

Class includes basic photo editing and includes a CD with Photoshop 7.

Making the most of free Google applications

Instructor: Robert Miller

Wednesday, January 27th, 6-8 pm

“Google Apps offer free, simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools” for personal and business use.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop

Instructor: George Peterson

Tues, February 9 & 16, 6-8 pm

A continuation of the the basic class with additional photo editing skills.

Accessing Media Over the Internet

Instructor George Peterson

Wednesday, March 2 6-8pm

Learn to access media over the internet, including TV, movies, and educational media.

Digital Photography 101

Instructor Robert Miller

Thursdays, March 10 & 17

Learn to download your pictures from your camera to your computer, resize pictures, create & organize folders, and safeguard your digital pictures.

Basic Word Processing

Instructor Robert Miller

Thursdays, Feb 17 & 24

We’ll cover basic word processing skills, including creating a document, editing, cutting & pasting, formatting, etc. Basic computer skills and familiarity with mouse and keyboard are required for this course.

Courses are free to residents of the Southern Hilltowns. Register by phone at 667-0217.


Open when building is open

Class Notes

Basic Adobe Photoshop class

Basic Adobe Photoshop week one

Basic Adobe Photoshop week two

You can request additional class notes by phone at 667-0217.

Computer Facilities

The Hilltown Computer Center is equipped with:
  • 10 networked, on-line, windows-based computers
  • Windows XP
  • Microsoft Office XP, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop
  • scanning and color printing (photo quality) available.
  • High Speed Internet

Work and Life Skills

  • Career Paths
  • Life Skills
  • Job Skills
Once you've got the basics under your belt, where do you go next? The Next Steps program offers a variety of opportunities to explore the possibilities:
Call us to discuss your goals and interests.

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