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Commercial Driving License (Class B) Graduates (2018-19) [Maranacook Adult Education]

Maranacook Adult Education, working in collaboration with Central Maine Community College, the Career Center, Vocational Rehabilitation and Central and Western Maine Community Action succeed in granting 55 students free state class B licensing. Students selected to participate in the free training were selected based on greatest needs, with unemployed or underemployed individuals given highest priority.

Upon graduation from the training program, students are expected to obtain employment earning a livable wage within one month. To ensure students succeed with this goal, we maintain close working relationships with Augusta Fuel Company, Dead River, Western Maine Transportation, Pine State Trading, Lucas Tree, Waste Management, Maine Department of Transportation, Crooker, Augusta Public Works, Hammond Lumber and Auburn Concrete.

Much, much more than just a certificate program, Maranacook Adult Education is a job program that ensures placement of every successful CDL graduate with an employer. With so many successful graduates in 2018-19, this has truly been a great year for our CDL program.

For more information on our CDL instructional program, registration costs, class dates and location please visit:


Posted by Steve Vose  on May 21, 2019

Class B Truck Driving Offered to Maranacook High School Seniors [Maranacook Adult Education]

During the 2018-19 school year, eligible Maranacook High School seniors will be able to learn to drive Class B vehicles. Class B vehicles include a long list of big trucks, including: garbage trucks, dump trucks, busses, fuel tankers, box trucks and more. Class B drivers are also one of the highest needed labor positions in the United States.

Through a close working relationship with area CDL class B truck driving companies, students who successfully complete the CDL training and state CDL licensure requirements will leave school with the ability to earn a starting wage of $20-25 per hour with most companies also offering health benefits and retirement plans.

For more information on our CDL instructional program, registration costs, class dates and location please visit:


Posted by Steve Vose  on May 21, 2019

Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set For June 11 [Lewiston Adult Education]


A graduate enters the Lewiston High School gymnasium during Lewiston Adult Education's commencement in June 2018.

Lewiston Adult Education will hold its graduation on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Nasra Houssein is scheduled to be the student speaker. The event will also include awards for current students at Lewiston Adult Education.

Students who have successfully completed their HiSET exam between July 2018 and June 2019 can attend graduation. Those who have not received an invitation or have additional questions can contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-784-2928.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 16, 2019 | Read more in: News

Young Artist Makes Waves in Rockland [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Laura Boutin (Class of ’19 Oceanside High School) typically paints on a smaller scale, but decided that stretching her own large canvas and working on a larger scale would present a more experimental way of painting for her. It paid off when a family visiting the area fell in love with the scale and beauty of her painting that was displayed at Rock City Café this winter. The family recently purchased her work to display at their home in Massachusetts.

Boutin’s painting installed at the patrons residence in Massachusetts.

In 2017, Boutin enrolled in the Arts @Work Studio Art and Mentorship Program, a program offered by RSU13 Adult and Community Education. Since its launch 2 years ago, Program Leader, Alexis Iammarino, has worked closely with Oceanside Faculty to promote this out-of-school studio arts opportunity. Arts @Work has actively partnered with host site Center for Maine Contemporary Art's ArtLab, the Flanagan Community Center, and Rock City Café.

This yearlong program introduces local high school students to professional practice in the arts. Designed specifically for high schoolers, it aims to deepen artistic learning, enhance student portfolios, and introduce the skills and practices of community art, studio arts, and arts administration. Students develop an independent project that is at the core of their studio work and local mentors are matched based on project goals and interests.

Boutin incorporated lots of texture by using a series of palette knives and her hands to manipulate the paint gesturally and expressively to resemble crashing waves. 

“I’ve been so impressed with the scope of the work and commitment that young artists are bringing to their independent work. It’s important to credit Laura with this success––she is a strong example of a student who fully appreciated and leveraged the resources made available through these rich partnerships and this continued mentorship.”

Boutin plans on investing her proceeds from her sale into her continued education. “I’m definitely inspired to keep selling my artwork…knowing that this is something that came from me and my creativity.” she says. Laura is currently at work on an elegant and even larger abstract forest landscape in this series, sure to be another bold mark of her accomplishments.

Arts@Work is an offering of RSU13 Adult & Community Education with support from the ANONIMO Foundation and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and is instructed by Mentor Artist, Alexis Iammarino. For more information

Local young artist, Laura Boutin, with her oil painting created to look like an abstract body of water.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on May 15, 2019

RSU#3 Adult & Community Education 2019 Graduation Ceremony [RSU #3]

Will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00pm in the MVHS Library. CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!!!!


Posted by Tammie Leach  on May 13, 2019

Upcoming Resume Prep Workshop @ Fryeburg Public Library [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]


Develop and tailor your resume to get the job you desire.

Workshop lead by our own College and Career advisor, Rhonda Jacobson.


Class held @ Fryeburg Public Library

Monday, June 17th @ 2:30 PM.


For more information on this FREE workshop contact The Fryeburg Public Library @ 207-935-2731

The library will also be holding a number of other educational and training opportunity workshops.

Call or go to their Facebook page for more information on other upcoming workshops.



Posted by AE Admin  on May 10, 2019

Lewiston College Transition Program Celebrate Graduation, Get Advice For Future [Lewiston Adult Education]

From left to right, Nasra Houssein, Tim Blanchard, Yussuf Mohamud, College Transition Program Instructor Amy Hatch, Chantal Kalau and Malumba Ndoluvua celebrated the end of their work as students in Lewiston Adult Education's College Transition Program on Thursday.

The five students in the College Transition Program at Lewiston Adult Education celebrated the end of months of classes on Thursday and got lots of advice and encouragement for the next stage of their educations.

The free, 14-week program reviewed reading, writing and math skills in a college-style setting at the B Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston. The work included an expanded focus on time management as well as finding and applying for scholarships.

College Transition Program Instructor Amy Hatch told the students how proud she was of them at the start of the celebration.

"It shows hard work does pay off," she said. "You made it to the end."

Hatch awarded certificates to the graduates. They were Nasra Houssein,Tim Blanchard, Yussuf Mohamud, Chantal Kalau and Malumba Ndoluvua.

A number of previous College Transition Program students gave advice based on their college experience and talked about future plans, including working to get a master's degree in business administration. While they all had different major and paths in college, they emphasized perseverance and the importance of asking about scholarships.

One piece of advice for scholarships was to save what students had written on applications. Scholarships tend to ask applicants similar questions and holding onto what was they had answered before could save time.

Hatch stressed the importance of applying. Sometimes scholarship money does not get given away because no one has applied, she said.


Amy Poland, professional development coordinator for adult education at the Maine Department of Education, speaks to students on Thursday.

Students received pieces of advice from a former College Transition Program instructor who now works for the Maine Department of Education. Amy Poland, professional development coordinator for adult education, began her remarks post-secondary education by saying, "Don't be afraid to ask for help."

"No one is going to advocate for you. You really have to do it yourself," she said.

Her other advice included:

-- "Anticipate obstacles. Make sure you have a plan B."

-- "If you say, '"I'll try' you already put up a little barrier."

-- "Find the successes as you go."


Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 9, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lawrence Adult Education - Looking for New Fall Courses! [Lawrence Adult Education]

Lawrence Adult Education in Fairfield is looking for new and exciting course offerings for the Fall 2019 semester.

Please complete our COURSE PROPOSAL form if you're interested in sharing your talents, hobbies, and expertise with area residents!

Proposals will be accepted up until June 30, 2019.


Posted by Kathy Cote  on May 9, 2019 | Read more in: News

Beck Paschke, Student of the Month [RSU16 Adult Education ]


Rebekah Paschke from RSU 16 Adult Education was recognized on March 19, 2019 as the Tri-Town Optimist Club Student of the Month. ‘Beck’ is described as a quiet and kind student who is genuinely interested in the success of others, often lending her support and encouragement to classmates. She is inquisitive and thoughtful, always eager to dig deeper and to know more about whatever she is learning. Congratulations Beck!


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 8, 2019 | Read more in: News

RiseUp Retail & Customer Service Training at RSU 16 Adult Education! [RSU16 Adult Education ]

Training partner representatives

Photo caption:  Workforce Training partners met to discuss new Customer Service Course starting June 24th at RSU16. Pictured seated (l-r):  Christina King, Regional Employer Assistance Point; Jenny Rose, Director RSU16; Patti Saarinen, WIOA Program Coordinator; Standing Lisa Hartnett, Employment & Training Specialist; Suzette Moulton, Career & College Advisor.  Photo courtesy of Tambrey Gile, WMCA.


Increase your competitive edge with employers by improving your customer service skills!

Register at RSU 16 Adult Education (Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland) for the next seven-week, full-time course beginning on Monday, June 24. Course will include classroom training with paid work experience for eligible participants. Register online by June 9 or call (207) 345-3217. This specialized training will include two days of classroom training and three days of on-the-job training at a Work Experience site. A variety of topics will be covered including communication, conflict resolution, safety and security, time management, and common employability skills. Potential students must pass a CASAS Reading and Math assessment to be accepted into the program and have the ability to work in the United States. The course is offered in conjunction with the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Association of Maine. The training program will result in nationally-recognized industry certifications in Retail Fundamentals and Customer Sales & Service from NRF, as well as certificates in Maine WorkReady and Digital Literacy. There is no charge for the program for individuals who qualify financially. Workforce Training Partner programs include RSU 16 Adult Education, Western Maine Community Action, Central Western Maine Workforce Development Board and Lewiston CareerCenter.


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 8, 2019 | Read more in: News