DANVERS — Essex Tech has expanded its NightHawks Adult Education Program to include courses on digital photography, jewelry making and holiday wine tasting, among others. 

The new community enrichment courses are in addition to industry training offerings in advanced manufacturing, electrical and plumbing. 


"We have added community enrichment classes and workshops including beer and wine tasting nights in our farm stand, metal jewelry making, photography, Italian cooking and so many more," said Bonnie Carr, director of workforce development and adult education at Essex Tech. "Essex Tech is a center of activity for our community and we are broadening this to include evenings and weekends through our NightHawks Program."

The digital photography course runs for five weeks on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 17. The course includes demonstrations of camera functions, creative processes, photo assignments and instruction. 

Two one-day workshops on jewelry and metalsmithing are being offered. On Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students will learn how to form sterling silver, brass and aluminum sheets into cuff bracelets, as well as techniques to apply decorative surface embellishments. And on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students will use traditional metalsmithing techniques to form sterling silver, copper, brass or aluminum sheets into pendants.

"Harvest Beers of the North Shore" will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will learn the main styles of beer and what differentiates them. There will also be a beer tasting, tips for performing a sensory evaluation of beer and a review of food pairings, which will be prepared by Essex Tech's culinary students.

And on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., a holiday wine tasting course will teach students technical wine tasting, common terms, food pairings and fundamentals of wine.  

Participants in either the beer or wine course must be 21 or older — ID required. 

In addition, the NightHawks program, which launched last September, has added new industry training courses, including courses for aspiring and mid-career electricians, plumbers, welders and machinists, to reflect modern industry needs for skilled workers. 

Carr said the introductory courses added in these fields are in response to a widespread need for a skilled labor force. 

"The employer need is there throughout the region and this is a great opportunity for people to take the first steps into these highly skilled, lucrative fields," she said. 


Registration costs vary depending on the course type. For more information and to register, visit https://essex-adulted.coursestorm.com.

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