About the Adult Education Centre (AEC)
Since their foundation in 1930, the Vocational Education Committee have always been to the forefront in providing Adult and Community education. In 1979, with the appointment of Adult Education Officers, the Service expanded greatly in the following years. The Adult Education Centre in Ozanam St, was one of the first to be opened in the country in December 1981. Since then, several other premises have been used for the delivery of programmes throughout the city. The latest centre to be opened (Sept 2008) is conveniently located in Railway Square, in the center of the city.
The remit of the Adult Education Service was clarified in the White Paper on Adult Education (July 2000), and its target groups clearly stated. Funding is always an issue and the sustained expansion of the Service is conditional on continued expansion of budgets. Demand is always greater than resources. In spite of these constraints the Adult Education Service provides a wide variety of programmes to an average of 2,500 individuals each year.
The names of the programmes listed below are those given by the Department of Education, and may not fully convey their purpose. For more details of what they actually do, just click. The name and contact of the person in charge of each programme is also listed.
|Adult Education Officer||Michael Kirwan|
|Adult Education Service Administration||Breda Halpin|
|Community Education||Helen Rafferty, C.E. Facilitator|
|Adult Literacy||Joann Power, Adult Literacy Organiser|
|Back to Education Initiative||Angie Meegan, BTEI Co-ordinator|
|English for speakers of another languages||Sally Cunningham, ESOL Co-ordinator|
|WAVE||Alan O Gorman, WAVE Co-ordinator|
|Connected VEC Services|
|PLC (WCFE)||Michael Normoyle - 051- 874053|
|Part-time evening classes||Philip Deegan - 051- 874053|
|REGSA||Peter Lucey, REGSA, Guidance Service|
|VTOS - Durand Court||Helena Finlay - 051-874268|
|VTOS - WCFE||Dolores Hartley - 051- 874053|
|Youthreach||Jim Darcy - 051-856515|
|Subla||Mark O Sullivan - 051-352990|