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Centre In English 2010

  1. 1. Valkeakoski Adult Education Centre 28.10.2009 Dr Juha Sihvonen Director
  2. 2. <ul><li>1923 Valkeakoski became an independent municipality when it was separated from the parent community Sääksmäki. The town was built around the paper mill. </li></ul><ul><li>1963 Valkeakoski received town rights </li></ul><ul><li>1973 Sääksmäki was merged with the town of Valkeakoski </li></ul>History of Valkeakoski
  3. 3. <ul><li>Population (2008) 20 531 </li></ul><ul><li>Population density 75 inhabitants/km 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Total area 372 km 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land area 272 km2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lake area 100 km2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tax rate 18,75 % </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment 15 % </li></ul>Facts and figures
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>1,6 million students in Liberal Adult Education (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>226 Adult Education Centres: 600 000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>91 Folk High Schools: 114 000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 Summer Universities: 36 000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 Study Centres: 224 000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 Sports Institutes: 82 000 students </li></ul></ul>Liberal Adult Education in Finland
  5. 5. <ul><li>Valkeakoski Adult Education Centre: </li></ul><ul><li>ca 3,500 students </li></ul><ul><li>Päivölä Folk High School: ca 110 residential students, 1700 students on short courses </li></ul><ul><li>Valkeakoski Upper Secondary School for Adults: ca 150 students </li></ul><ul><li>Valkeakoski Vocational Adult Training Centre: ca 1600 students </li></ul><ul><li>Study Centres: ca 250 students </li></ul>Adult Education in Valkeakoski
  6. 6. The building was completed in 1973.
  7. 7. Our organization 2010 VALKEAKOSKI- OPISTO Liberal Adult Education National Curriculum In Arts (Children and Youth) Music School Art school Ballet Handicrafts Dramal Creative writing Business Unit
  8. 8. <ul><li>Founded in 1924 </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by the Town of Valkeakoski </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: 46 full-time employees (18 in liberal adult education) </li></ul><ul><li>Annual budget in state-subsidized training about € 3,3 million </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 % government subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 % municipal subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 % other sources, including course fees </li></ul></ul>Our organization 2010
  9. 9. Students <ul><li>Liberal Adult Education 3 400 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75 % women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average age of students: 40-60 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Unit 600 </li></ul><ul><li>Music school 540 </li></ul><ul><li>Fine Arts school 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Drama school 110 </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet school 80 </li></ul><ul><li>Handicrafts school 60 </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing school 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual total approx. 5,000 students or 20 percent of town residents </li></ul>
  10. 10. Teaching hours <ul><li>Liberal Adult Education 11 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Business Unit 2 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Music school 20 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Fine arts school 2 450 </li></ul><ul><li>Ballet school 1 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Drama school 800 </li></ul><ul><li>Handicrafts school 760 </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing school 80 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual total approx. 39 500 teaching hours </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Languages 21 % </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and music 20 % </li></ul><ul><li>Handicrafts 21 % </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies 12 % </li></ul><ul><li>IT skills 7 % </li></ul><ul><li>Other subjects 19 % </li></ul><ul><li>(incl. open university) </li></ul>Subject areas in liberal adult education
  12. 12. E-learning, blended learning <ul><li>Projects since 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Courses using Moodle, Optima </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Art, handicrafts, English, ICT, genealogy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiments in ICT, English </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Our main aims for this project <ul><li>To increase teachers’ skills and motivation to experiment with new tools </li></ul><ul><li>To increase students’ skills and motivation </li></ul><ul><li>To bring social media into everyday teaching situations </li></ul><ul><li>To provide students with opportunities to use social media to interact with people in other countries </li></ul>

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