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Village Nursery School openings

HARVARD — Village Nursery School announces that limited openings are available in its preschool programs for children aged 2.9 to five years for the 2006-2007 school year.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to noon and two-, three- and four-day programs are offered. In addition to the core programs, the school offers a wide number of elective enrichment opportunities such as cooking, art, a book club and fun with phonics to enable your child to explore topics in more depth.

All classes provide low teacher-to-student ratios: one-to-five for the classes for 3-year-olds and one-to-eight for our classes for 4-year-olds.

Programs focus on developmental learning and social skills. They are outfitted with materials that encourage imagination and socialization. They provide an engaging and nurturing environment to support the development of verbal, mathematical, creative, social and motor skills.

Recently built was a bright and open facility at 40 Poor Farm Rd. specifically designed for the early education program. The building is equipped with large, sunny classrooms; a safe, well-equipped playground; a nature nook and is adjacent to a conservation trail that is accessible for school use.

Extended care is also available until 3:30 p.m.

Village Nursery School & Kindergarten is a nonprofit, nondenominational school. Financial aid is available to eligible families. To schedule a visit or request an application call (978) 456-3993.

Townsend Playschool openings

TOWNSEND — Townsend Cooperative Playschool is currently enrolling for the 2006-2007 school year with some changes. Our morning program will now run from 9 a.m. to noon for both the 3-year-old children’s program and 4-year-old children’s program. We are now offering the choice of either a three- or five-day morning program for our incoming 4-year-olds, but space is limited.

For information or to register call (978) 597-6966.

MWCC readings begin

GARDNER — The first reading and discussion in the “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature, Your Heart’s Desire” series, “Portnoy’s Complaint,” by Philip Roth, will take place Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Mount Wachusett Community College library. The readings and discussions throughout the fall 2006 semester will be free and open to public.

NVCOC coordinates open house for Shriver Job Corps

DEVENS — In an effort to assist area businesses in attracting, training and retaining qualified employees, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce invites businesses in the region to an open house luncheon on behalf of the professional staff of Shriver Job Corps. The event will take place Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Shriver Job Corps recruits youth throughout New England. Shriver students receive training in multidisciplinary life skills coupled with work-based learning internships during their tenure at the school providing the opportunity to learn real-world skills on an actual job site.

Students also acquire career training in fields as diverse as advanced transportation-clerical, automotive repair, business technologies, carpentry, cement masonry, computer support, food service/culinary arts, health occupations, pre-apprentice painting, pharmaceutical and security.

The open house will introduce prospective employers to Shriver Job Corps programs while providing insight into the training process. Shriver has formed partnerships with Mount Wachusett Community College as well as industry leaders such as UPS, Circle B Construction, G.L. Paint Co., Tenant Systems, Walgreen’s, Parker Hannifin, Mass Bay Commuter Rail, Sodhexo Foods and the Four Points hotel.

Upon completion of the training program, students return to surrounding communities skilled and prepared to contribute to the workforce.

The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce encourages all interested employers to RSVP to Linda Scullane at (978) 784-2626 by Sept. 8.

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