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Adult Education and Family Literacy Week [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


What difference does adult education make in adult learners’ lives?

Adult education helps adults break cycles of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy by giving them the skills they need to succeed as workers, family members, and citizens. Stories adult educators hear every day include the successes adult learners achieve, for example, because they:

  • can read, write, and do math
  • are now able to get and keep a job, as part of a meaningful career path, that provides family-sustaining wages
  • can help their children with their homework and be role models for younger generations
  • become citizens and contribute to their communities
  • succeed in postsecondary education and training
  • break the cycle of incarceration and recidivism and lead a life free of crime
  • achieve their dreams

According to adult graduate Chelsea Howard of New Orleans, LA, “…if you keep your momentum, adjust your path when necessary, and do not give up, you can accomplish anything.” Adult education programs and teachers help adult learners do just that.


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on September 26, 2016

Next Driver Ed Class begins November 1, 2016 at Winthrop High School [Monmouth/Winthrop Adult & Community Education]

Class begins November 1, 2016, 6-9 pm at Winthrop High School.

Area Driving School provides driver education classes that consists of 30 hours classroom instruction and 10 hours of behind the wheel instruction. All of the instuctors are licensed by the State of Maine and certified in First-Aid.  The vehicles are fully insured and inspected by the bureau of Motor Vehicles. Students must be 15 years of age by the first class. You'll need to bring your birth certificate, social security card, corrective lenses (glasses or contacts), blue or black ink pen and paper.

To register for class or for more information, please contact Area Driving school at 207-933-2034 or email


Posted by Wendy Shoppe  on September 26, 2016 | Read more in: News

Students Get Recipes, Plenty of Samples in Salsa and Guacamole Class [Lewiston Adult Education]


Jenna Blakey taught a Salsa and Guacamole class the Green Ladle on Thursday night and shared lots of food as well as recipes.


Green Salsa

6-8 tomatillos

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 jalapeno

1/8 cup cilantro

1/4 lime (including rind)

Remove husks from tomatillos. Blend all ingredients and serve chilled.



2 avocados

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 roma tomato, diced

1-2 tablespoons of milk


Halve and pit the avacados. Scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon and put it into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them a bit chunky. Add the other ingredients and fold them together. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole so it doesn't brown.

Serves 5-6


Pico de Gallo


4-5 Roma tomatoes, diced

3 green onions, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and fine diced

1/8 cup of cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of lime juice

Salt to taste


Mix ingredients and chill until ready to serve.


Fruit Salsa


2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced

8 ounce of raspberries

1 pound of strawberries

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor


Mix ingredients together and serve with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.


Red Salsa

Adapted from


2 (14.4) ounce cans of diced tomatoes

1 jalapeno chile, seeds removed

1/2 yellow onion, quartered

1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt to taste

Pour one can of tomatoes into a blender. Add jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Blent until fairly smooth. Pour in a second can of tomatoes and blend briefly. Adjust seasonings to taste and chill for a half hour before serving.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 23, 2016 | Read more in: News

New ART Program [Belfast Adult Education]

Belfast Adult Education is pleased to announce that Art instruction will be available this fall semester.

The instructor is Leisha Socher.

The course will start on Friday, 21 October 2016 and run for eight weeks.

Each class session will begin at 2:40 and end at 5:40pm.

The course is limited to 6 students and will be held at the Learning Center at 6B Lions Way.

Contact the main office at 338-3197 for further information.


Posted by Darrell Gilman  on September 22, 2016 | Read more in: News


Mt. Blue Community Education evening classes begin Monday, September 26! If you didn't remember to register, we invite you to walk-in to the first class of your choice selected from your catalog or the website.  If you are interested in a FREE class, you need to call the office or just walk in.  HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on September 22, 2016 | Read more in: Events and News

Small Business Seminar [MSAD #27 Continuing Education]



Posted by Heidi Michaud  on September 21, 2016

Ukulele 101 with Mike Burd! [MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education]

Ukulele 101

More fun than blowing bubbles in a wind storm! If you have never picked up a uke, no – problemo! Learn the fundamentals and start playing simple songs right away! Have fun, make new friends, build confidence and develop enough portable skills to enable the uke to be your longtime pal. You will be provided with simple instructional materials for class, web links to access royalty-free resources on the web. If you have a uke and tuner – bring them! Uke-less? We have 5 loaners available!

Wednesdays Sept 21 - Oct 12th 7:00 - 8:00pm


Register ONLINE anytime at


Posted by Kelly Cabral  on September 20, 2016

Learn how to improve your home through energy efficiency! [MSAD #11 Adult Education]

Improve Your Home Through Energy EfficiencyMany of our homes were built before spray foam insulation and triple pane windows.

Don't miss this class, offered to you, free of charge, through the coordination of the City of Gardiner's Housing Committee. The class will provide information about the value of an energy audit, energy improvement do's and don'ts and the best way to get the biggest bang for your bucks. You will also learn about available rebates and how to access those dollars. Bo Jespersen, owner of Breathable Home, will be the presenter for this class.

There will be ample time after the presentations for a question and answer session. If you own an older home and you've been considering doing some renovations, this a class you won't want to miss.

The class is on Thursday, September 27, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School. Sign up today!

Register here


Posted by Diann Bailey  on September 20, 2016 | Read more in: Events and News

Second Power Tools Class added to fall Schedule [Region 9 Adult Education]

Due to overwhelming demand, a second Power Tools class, taught by Lloyd Williams, has been added to the Fall enrichment classes. The new class will start October 26th and run through November 16th from 6pm until 8pm. 


Posted by Caroline Mitchell  on September 19, 2016


What will you do after the Fair is over?  Mt. Blue RSD Community Education is offering more than 60 classes including many new ones.  Did you know that Plants are Best for your health? Learn how to cook with whole plant-based foods to improve your health.  How would you like to learn Soap Making  or Using Essential Oils to avoid the additives of commercial products?  Are you a baby boomer who needs to Understand Medicare or want to be sure your driving skills are up to par by attending an interactive presentation on Keeping Your Keys?  

Of course, there are always the community favorites, including  Calligraphy, Tai Chi, Beekeeping, Fly Tying, Hunter Safety,  Ukulele, Cooking Classes for biscuits, donuts, pie crusts,  Wine Making, Fortune Telling, Photoshop AND MANY MORE.  Whatever your interests might be, we have something for you!

Classes begin September 26 so there is still time to register!

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES you may go on line to, drop by the office or call Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 at 778-3460.


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on September 15, 2016 | Read more in: Events and News