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Alma Adult Education Centre

At Vaasa’s Alma Adult Education Centre, everyone can find a hobby. With us, you can study to develop the skills you need in working life or just for fun. We welcome you to come and study what inspires you!

Familiarise yourself with the extensive range of courses available: Read the autumn 2021 course programme

Here you can discover what we have to offer and register: Courses available and registration

Hi, Alma here!

Alma Adult Education Centre provides open education in more than a thousand different courses annually. In addition to our inexpensive courses, we arrange events and free open lectures on interesting and current topics. Approximately 15,000 course participants join our activities annually.

Alma can be found in Vaasa, Isokyrö and Laihia. Our task is to respond to local educational needs and be a part of the local community and its culture. The language of instruction at Alma is Finnish and Swedish. Service is also available in English, among other languages.

At Alma you can learn for fun as well as purposefully for studies or working life. Our courses are suitable for all ages, regardless of educational background. Our range of courses includes visual arts, crafts, music, word and performing arts, dance and exercise, computer technology, languages as well as courses to do with health and well-being, cuisine and gardening. In addition to local education, there are web courses and various forms of distance education.

At Alma, you can also study with a goal in mind. We arrange basic art education for adults in visual arts and crafts. Basic art education for children and young people is given at TaiKon, which is part of Alma. The integration courses that we produce, i.e. basic education for adults and UMAKO courses to develop reading and writing skills, in accordance with the national integration plan, are an essential part of the diverse range of courses we can offer.

Study safely

Please note that the coronavirus pandemic could affect normal procedures at the institute. For example, we may have to arrange distance courses, such as hybrid teaching or via special arrangements instead of classroom teaching if the authorities so decide. Examples of special arrangements include a reduction of group sizes or groups taking turns to participate in classroom teaching.

We publish the current information on how the coronavirus situation is affecting our activities via social media channels and on our websites. Please check that your contact details are up-to-date, so that we can contact you if necessary.

Look after each other

We strongly recommend that course participants over the age of 12 wear a face mask on the institute’s premises. Face masks are provided by the students themselves. At the institute, we take care of good hand and cough hygiene and maintain safe social distancing. Please do not attend a course or remain on the institute’s premises if you have even the mildest flu symptoms.

You can read the information from the authorities regarding the current coronavirus situation on the THL website.

Registration

Sign up for courses: www.opistopalvelut.fi/vaasa

You can also register by phone:

  • Customer service in Finnish: 0400 868110 / 040 198 1261 (on Mon–Fri from 08:00–16:00)
  • Customer service in Swedish: 040 6299 133 (on Mon–Thu from 10:00–16:00)

Your registration is binding. You can register for the course until the start of the course. You will receive a separate invitation to the course only if you have been given a reserve place at the registration stage. We inform about course changes either by text message or e-mail. It is not possible to register for a course if you have unpaid course fees from before.

Cancellation policy

Reservations that are cancelled earlier than 4 working days before the start of a course can be made free of charge (e.g. Monday for a course that starts on Friday, Wednesday for a course that starts on Tuesday the following week).

If you cancel later than 4 working days before the start of the course, a fee of 20 € will be charged.

The entire course fee will be charged if you cancel after the course has started. Participants who fail to show will be charged the entire course fee. The cancellation fee can only be waived upon presentation of a medical certificate. The minimum payment will be 20 €, even if the course fee is lower.

You can cancel your reservation online

Or you can cancel by phone:

  • Customer service in Finnish: 0400 868110 / 040 198 1261 (on Mon–Fri from 08:00–16:00)
  • Customer service in Swedish: 040 6299 133 (on Mon–Thu from 10:00–16:00)

Fees, discounts and certificates

It is easy to pay for your place on a course via your online bank when registering. Alternatively, we will send an invoice approximately 2-3 weeks after the course starts. When you participate in only one term of a full-year course, then the full-year fee is adjusted according to the length of the course. We refund any course fees paid if the course is cancelled due to a lack of participants.

You cannot pay for your course via an online payment system,

  1.  if you are entitled to a discount (unemployed, student). The course fee is invoiced after the course starts.
  2. if you use a specified means of payment such as Tyky or Smartum vouchers or gift cards

You can currently pay with exercise and culture vouchers at the following info points:

  • Citizen Services, Kirjastonkatu 13, Vaasa
  • Citizen Services in Vähäkyrö, Vähänkyröntie 11.
    • Adult Education Centre gift card
    • Tyky+ voucher (exercise and culture)
    • Tyky voucher (exercise and culture)
    • Smartum exercise and culture voucher
    • Smartumpay (payment by phone / app at the mentioned citizen services points,select place of use: Alma Adult Education Centre Vaasa
    • Edenred voucher (exercise and culture)

Discounts

Pensioners and seniors

The student discount is already included in the course price. If the discount is included in the course price, it will be stated in the course description.

Are you unemployed or a student?

  • Anybody unemployed is granted a 50% discount on course fees, provided that an unemployment certificate is presented no later than one week after the start of the course. Otherwise, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • Students at universities and colleges are granted a 10% discount on course fees. The student card should be presented within a week after the course has started, otherwise the entire course fee will be charged.

Presentation of a certificate or the student card can be done as follows:

  1. The certificate or the student card can be presented at the Alma Adult Education Centre’s office (Raastuvankatu 31, 2nd floor
  2. or a screenshot of the certificate or the student card can be sent to the address alma@edu.vaasa.fi

Note! If you are entitled to a discount, you cannot pay for your course via an online payment system. The course fee is invoiced by post. Discounts are not granted in arrears after the invoice has been sent.

Certificates

Certificates for the current academic year’s courses are available on request. A fee of 15 € / certificate will be charged for certificates from previous academic years. Certificates can be ordered from

  • Alma’s office at Raastuvankatu 31 (on designated form)
  • or by telephone: Financial Secretary Piia Järvinen, 040 6194692, Mon–Thu 10:00–14:00

Ordering courses

It is possible to order tailor-made courses from the Alma Adult Education Centre. We always plan these courses together with the client.

Contact:

Vice principal Marianne Waltermann

  • 040 5512 156
  • Responsibilities: basic education for adults (together with the principal), language, music, word and performing arts, health and well-being, computer technology and navigation skills, social subjects

Vice principal Mia Wiik

  • 040 0256 961
  • Responsibilities: kitchen and garden, visual arts and design, crafts, children and young people, dance and exercise, TaiKon and the Swedish team

Rental of facilities

The Alma Adult Education Centre’s facilities can be rented for lectures, seminars, meetings, and other events. There is café space available at both locations, both at the Raastuvankatu and Kirkkopuistikko addresses. The association Vaasan työväenopiston opiskelijat r.f. runs the café at Raastuvankatu.

Facilities and prices

Information and bookings

  • Service Secretary Janika Östergård, 040 482 6464
  • Financial Secretary Piia Järvinen, 040 6194 692

Café Almatar, Raastuvankatu 31, 1st floor.

Parking

Raastuvankatu 31

  • Parking is only allowed for staff with a parking permit. The parking permit is granted for either a day or evening.
  • In the designated parking zone along the street, you can park with a parking disc (parkkikiekko) for 2 hours from 08:00 – 17:00 and after that for free.

Kirkkopuistikko 15

  • Parking is only allowed for staff with a parking permit. The parking permit is granted for either a day or evening.
  • In the designated parking zone along the street, you can park with a parking disc (parkkikiekko) for 2 hours from 08:00 – 17:00 and after that for free.

The barracks area (Kasarminalue)

  • You can park for 3 hours in designated parking areas along the street with a parking disc (parkkikiekko) displayed
  • In the area between Kasarminkatu and Korsholmanpuistikko, parking is free.

Info for members of staff

Hellewi – electronic diary

  • https://vaasa.opistopalvelut.fi

Teachers’ handbook 2021–22 

  • Available only in Finnish and Swedish

Contacts

Contacts

Customer service and principals

Customer service and invoicing

Alma Adult Education Centre premises