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CDL Class B School and Passenger Bus License Class at Lawrence Adult Education in Fairfield. [Lawrence Adult Education]


Posted by Kathy Cote  on April 17, 2018

Student Gets Accepted in Maine Maritime [Biddeford Adult Education]

Ahmed grew up in Iraq. When the war began, his father, who could speak and read English, was recruited to work with the US military. Later, he was hired by Associated Press and given access to highly sensitive locations and people.  Because of this, Ahmed’s father became a target and was killed.  Ahmed, his mother, and two siblings were on their own in a very hostile place.  Despite being very young, Ahmed became the “head” of the family, and they soon fled to safety in Jordan.

After living in a single room in Jordan for a year, the family’s request to immigrate to the US was denied.  Discouraged, Ahmed and his family returned to Iraq where they were bullied for their desire to get away.  Having only .50 meant to buy his lunch, Ahmed decided to visit an internet café and contact the US government for one last desperate try. It worked!

Since entering the US, Ahmed has been working to improve his English skills and earn an American high school diploma. He will graduate from Biddeford Adult Education in June and has been accepted into Maine Maritime Academy for the Fall of 2018.  The folks at Biddeford Adult Education will be cheering him on every step of the way!!


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on April 13, 2018 | Read more in: News

Adult Ed programs can be found througout the state! [Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education]

Mt. Desert Island Adult and Community Education is a member of the Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA).

Visit the MAEA Portal to search for courses statewide, register online, and learn more about adult education programs in your area and throughout the state.


Posted by Anne Patterson  on April 11, 2018

FAME Education-Spread the word! [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

The deadline for the State of Maine Grant is Tuesday May 1. This deadline is firm and there are no exceptions. We don't want anyone to miss out!

Students must file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid at by May 1 to be considered for the $1500 State of Maine Grant.

All those considering college(two-year, four year and certain certificate programs) should complete the FAFSA, even if you aren't sure of your exact plans.

FAME can help! 

Call 1-800-228-3734

or email for more information.


Posted by AE Admin  on April 10, 2018

Spring Super Saturday Keeps Students Busy, From Baskets To Butterflies [Lewiston Adult Education]


Instructor Shanelle Coolidge of United Ambulance, left, lets Krupskaia Nunes practice putting on a bandage during the CPR/First Aid class held on April 7 as part of Lewiston Adult Education's Super Saturday.


Super Saturday students learned how to raise plants that will attract butterflies and the basics of organic gardening during Super Saturday classes on April 7.

The classes at Lewiston High School included one on electric vehicles held in a basement garage to one on yoga and meditation in a carpeted classroom. Bill Hensley, a Lewiston School Department technology support specialist, shared his knowledge of electric cars. Stasia Minkowsky, who teaches meditation at Lewiston Adult Education, showed how to combine meditation and yoga poses.

Bill Hensley, right, talks to students about some of the basics of a Chevrolet Bolt. Hensley is also a technology support specialist for the Lewiston School Department.

Laura Personette, program coordinator of 4H Community Central taught about the kinds of butterflies in the area and what kind of plants will draw them to a person's yard. Students planted seeds of zinnias or butterfly weed in plant pots to help begin a potential butterfly garden at their homes. 

Soil played a part in another classroom on Saturday. BrennaMae Thomas-Googins, a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association who runs Patch Farm in Denmark, told about organic gardening. 

Shanelle Coolidge of United Ambulance taught the day-long CPR/First Aid class to students. In addition to CPR, students learned how to apply bandages and how to use an EpiPen if a person is suffering an allergic reaction. Nancy Callahan held an all-day Henna class about that began with a description of designs before students got to work on designs on their hands.

Martha Chessie taught the other day-long class, Oval Twill Basket, in the Lewiston High School cafeteria. She will return to Lewiston Adult Education on April 25 to show how to make a Berry Picking Basket.

The next Super Saturday classes will be held in October 2018. A class schedule will be listed in the fall brochure for Lewiston Adult Education, which is scheduled to be released in August.


Laura Personette of 4H shows off a package of Butterfly Weed before helping students plant them in pots during her class on Super Saturday.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 9, 2018 | Read more in: News

First MDI Adult Ed Graduate for the class of 2018 [Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education]

‘You should go for your goals’: Former dropout wants to inspire others

April 5, 2018 by on Education, News

FRENCHBORO — Mable Fitzsimmons has learned a lot since dropping out of school.

For example: “Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you have to stop your life. I would like to inspire young girls and let them know that, even though it’s not a good thing to get pregnant in high school, you should still go for your goals.”

New graduate, mom looks to the future. PHOTO COURTESY OF MABLE FITZSIMMONS


Her goal is to become a registered nurse or medical assistant.

She recently became the first Mount Desert Island Adult Education student to earn a diploma instead of a high school equivalency credential, and she was the program’s first distance learner.

Fitzsimmons, 18, grew up in Lubec and attended Machias Memorial High School until she had a baby at the start of her senior year. She moved to Frenchboro to be with the baby’s father and took a year off from school.

But she really wanted to graduate and needed only four more credits, so this past September, she enrolled in the MDI Adult Education program, which is based at MDI High School.

“We traditionally think of adult ed students getting the HiSET, formerly the GED, which is a high school equivalency [credential],” said Anne Patterson, MDI Adult Education program director.

“But now we have a full-time teacher, and we decided last summer that we would pilot a diploma program, as long as we had students who were at least 18 years old and needed six credits or less.”

Adult ed programs in Maine can now apply to the state Department of Education to be approved as a distance learning site, and the MDI program received that approval last year.

“Distance learning can mean lots of different things,” Patterson said. “We chose to define it as helping off-shore island kids finish school. Mable was our guinea pig, our pilot student.”

Fitzsimmons met with adult ed teacher Tim McKim a few times but did most of her work via computer using an online educational program called “Odysseyware.” Student and teacher also communicated using Scribblar, an online whiteboard.

“I can write on a pad on a computer here, and it comes up on her screen over in Frenchboro,” McKim said.

Fitzsimmons said some of the course work was “sort of difficult,” but she enjoyed the flexibility of distance learning.

“I could do it on my own time, and I could be home with the baby and not have him in day care and me in school,” she said. “And Tim and Anne were wicked nice.”

She also got help from Jan Keiper, the teacher at the Frenchboro School. Keiper offered tutoring and proctored the final tests that Fitzsimmons took for each of the subjects she studied.

Fitzsimmons said she wants to start taking some college courses online while still caring for her son, James, who is now 18 months old.

“Then when James is 5, I’d like to take him and go to the mainland for school,” she said. “And five years from now, I’d like to be able to work in a hospital.”


Dick Broom

Reporter Mount Desert Islander at

Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim.


Posted by Anne Patterson  on April 9, 2018

Lewiston Comedy Students To Hold Finals April 16 [Lewiston Adult Education]


Lewiston Adult Education Standup Comedy Workshop students posed for a picture with their teacher during their final class at Lewiston High School. From left to right, instructor Dawn Hartill, Jacob Israel, Julie Poulin, Dan Marois, Greg Simpson, Leonard Kimble, Kevin Briggs, Adrian Boudreau and Nic Dufault.


Lewiston Adult Education students will put on a live performance later this month featuring the material they wrote as part of a six-week Standup Comedy Workshop.

The show will be held at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café', located at 115 Middle St. in Lewiston, on Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m.  It will be hosted by Maine Event Comedy producer, Mark Turcotte, and is open to the public at no charge.

It is the third annual performance by Lewiston Adult Education students at Guthrie's.

Professional comedian Dawn Hartill taught the class.  

"It was my pleasure to share my experience and help guide the work of these aspiring comedians.They have worked very hard and I am so proud of each and every one of them," she said.

The students, who have careers in a variety of fields including writing, banking, information technology, and actuarial support, have worked with Hartill to develop a solid stand-up comedy routine. They focused on premise, punchlines, and stage presence. 



Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 6, 2018 | Read more in: News

Parent-Teacher Conferences, April Vacation Put Adult Ed Classes On Hold [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education will not have classes on successive Wednesdays and Thursdays because of parent-teacher conferences and April Vacation.

Lewiston High School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12.

Lewiston Adult Education will still have classes on Tuesday, April 10. 

April vacation will be on the week of April 16.

The regular class schedule will resume after vacation.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 5, 2018 | Read more in: News

E.L. Vining & Son partners with Adult Ed/Foster Tech to offer the Heavy Equipment Operator Training course. [RSD #9 Franklin County Adult Basic Education]

This course prepares students for professional construction work right on site at Foster CTE Center. Participants will receive instruction both in the classroom with applied academics and on-field projects. Our adult education staff will assist you in resume’ writing and connecting you with local employers. This course will fill up fast! Call today for more information at 207-778-3460. Course begins April 9th orientation from 12:30 - 3:00pm, Site: ALC, Conference Room, Dates: April 9 - 12 Simulators, April 23 - 26 Heavy Equipment, Cost: $175.00


Posted by M Burd  on April 4, 2018

CNA INFO NIGHT - PIPER SHORES RE-SCHEDLED [Scarborough Adult Learning Center]

Our Piper Shores Information Night has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00PM

We are anticipating an April 24th  start date.

Please contact Joan Tremberth at or 730-5045 or 730-5040 for an application and medical forms

We need your application immediately!


Posted by Joan Tremberth  on April 3, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News