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Storm Cancellation Policy [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Storm Cancellation Policy

PVAEC Adult Education classes are cancelled whenever local district K-12 schools have been cancelled that day. Cancellations due to late-developing severe weather will be announced on our PVAEC Facebook page, WABI TV5 and Bangor Daily News

Please always use your best judgment regarding your own local weather conditions.


Posted by Hilda Roberts  on November 15, 2018

For Employees [Merrymeeting Adult Education]

Access to electronic time card entry


Paper Time Sheet



Posted by Jinger Howell  on November 15, 2018

Community Supper at Robert's Maine Grill [Kittery Adult Education]

Community Supper at Robert’s Maine Grill

January 16 & 23, 2019

proceeds to benefit

The Dorothy Gherson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dorothy Gherson earned her high school diploma from Kittery Adult Education at the age of 71. In honor of her hard work and dedication to lifelong learning her family has established a scholarship to be benefit an Adult Education graduate pursuing higher education.

For more information please visit


Posted by Cindy Furbish  on November 15, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Would You Like To Teach? Spring 2019 [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Do You Want to Teach an Adult Ed Course?

We are now accepting Spring 2019 Enrichment Course Proposals! 

Do you have a special talent or hobby you'd love to share? Earn a little extra money by teaching your skills to others. The only qualification to teach an enrichment course with us is a willingness to share your talents with others. Popular enrichment course topics include (but aren't limited to): Arts & Crafts, Photography, Cooking, Gardening, Literature, Fitness & Dance, DIY Homesteading, Music and so much more! The possibilities are endless. If you're considering a topic you're not sure about, contact us! We'd love to discuss it with you.

Please schedule your classes to start NO EARLIER THAN MID-FEBRUARY. We reserve the right to adjust your proposed course schedule as needed and will notify you if we do.

We will be closed and no classes will run the following dates: Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Monday, February 18 (Presidents' Day), Monday, April 15 (Patriot's Day). 

Snow Days: When local schools close for snow days, we are closed for the day and no classes will run. We post school closings on our Facebook page and with WABI and Bangor Daily News. We generally follow MSAD 68, so when they are closed, you can bet we will be closed as well. If school is open during the day and bad weather develops later in the day, we may choose to cancel your evening class. We will work with you to come up with a decision that is best for you and your students. Snow Days can be made up by adding an extra class at the end of your session. If your class is only one session, together, we will choose a new date for your class. You are NOT responsible for informing students when classes are canceled.

If you have any questions, please contact Hilda at 564-6525 or

Please submit your course proposals NO LATER THAN Friday, December 7, 2018. 

Download/Print Course Proposal Form (print and mail or return in person to PVAEC)

Online Form


Posted by Hilda Roberts  on November 8, 2018

Class of 2018 Graduation [RSU16 Adult Education ]

RSU 16 Adult Education students, Sara Potratz, Shia Scott and Isaac Shawver, were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2018 for meeting High School completion goals. Friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium as graduates marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance”.

            The RSU 16 Adult Education Association scholarship was awarded to Sara Potratz; Teacher Susan Lasselle also presented awards to Shia Scott for Overcoming Obstacles and to Isaac Shawver for Transformation.

            Before receiving their diplomas, graduates personally thanked family, friends, and educators who supported them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose.  In closing, Director Jenny Rose reminded graduates to be open to possibilities and willing to try new things, taking things one step at a time.


Posted by Jenny Rose  on November 5, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Do you have what it takes to start a career in IT and want to learn the high tech skills needed to succeed? [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

Tech/Hire Maine and UMA are offering an accelerated 3 semester training program that is flexible, online and in-person. This program is designed to support the success of a wide range of learners, including novices and career changers looking for challenging and rewarding employment.

For those that currently lack the technical skills, UMA's innovative program is a wonderful resource for Maine residents interested in attaining digital skills and quality employment in the technology sector.

This grant funded program is FREE to Tech/Hire enrollees!


Call our office @ 207-627-4291 for more information!-Don't wait, the deadline is December 21 for enrollment in the Spring 2019 semester.


Your Passion is Calling!


Posted by AE Admin  on November 1, 2018

SCAE Spotlight on Jose Rodriguez [Sanford Community Adult Education]

SCAE Spotlight:  Jose Rodriguez

Talk about right brain and left brain integration! This month’s SCAE  Spotlight subject, computer instructor Jose Rodriguez Jr.,  is adept at teaching the fine points of computer technology and applications – and he also spends hours in the more abstract realm of making art.

Jose started teaching computer classes for SCAE in August 2017. He teaches  Computer Literacy, Computer Applications and Advanced Computer Applications. (He will also be teaching the College & Career Skills course this winter term.)

Before he started working for SCAE, Jose was a teaching assistant at Maine College of Art in Portland, where he earned a Master’s of Fine Art in Studio Art in 2017. Jose earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in marketing and graphic design, from California State University in 2012. He then started his career as a freelance graphic designer for clients in New York City and Los Angeles. At first, his clients were mostly from the corporate world. “A few years into that, I shifted the focus of my graphic freelance services towards more non-profit work,” Jose says. He quickly landed a position as a lead graphic designer at a major non-profit in L.A. “This was probably the height of my career as a graphic designer,” he says. “After two-plus years in that position, I decided to get my master’s. That’s how I got to Maine.”

Jose, whose grandparents’ fled Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s regime in the 1960s, is a native of northern New Jersey. He currently lives in Sanford, and he calls Maine his “second home.”

Jose says his work at SCAE has been gratifying on several levels. “Teaching at SCAE has given me the opportunity to work with adult learners from all walks of life. It has been an absolute joy helping the younger and older and ‘in-between-ers’ transition toward their professional goals.”

Working for SCAE has also led Jose to embark on yet another educational goal. “Currently, I am also enrolled as a grad student at USM, in their Master of Science program in Adult & Higher Education Administration,” he says. His expected graduation date is December 2019.

Meanwhile, Jose is also a practicing artist who works mostly in “….non-traditional sculpture, installations/graphic art realms,” he says. He is looking forward to participating in two fine art shows that will be sponsored by SCAE in the spring. As Jose says, “Stay tuned!” SCAE feels lucky to have such a multi-faceted staff member. Stay tuned, indeed!


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 31, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Adult Education Announces New Hires [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Caption: Elizabeth DiLalla, English Language Learner instructor

Caption: Caitlin Clark, Academic Coordinator and Brenda Hio-Hamdan, English Instructor

The RSU13 Adult Education program is pleased to announce three new hires. Caitlin Clark will be serving as Academic Coordinator, offering college and career advising to all adult education students and tutoring students in the Learning Center who are pursuing their high school credentials. Caitlin’s background is in college access and success, and she is excited to work one on one with students to determine their next steps and achieve their goals. Brenda Hio-Hamdan is a certified English teacher, who joins the Adult Ed team from Brockton, Massachusetts. Brenda will be offering Language Arts and Writing assistance to students on Wednesday evenings from 4-7pm.  Elizabeth DiLalla, an experienced tutor and teacher of English Language Learners, has been hired to run Adult Education’s ELL class twice a week. Elizabeth has supported New Mainers in the midcoast for several years.  Caitlin, Brenda and Elizabeth join Peg Junge, certified Math instructor and Cathy VanDyke, career pathways and business computing specialist, to offer a full range of instruction to students. The Learning Center schedule can be found on the Adult Ed website:

Adult Education services are available to anyone in the community who wishes to complete a high school credential or who has a goal of enrolling in a post-secondary college or certificate program in the next 18 months. The English Language Learners class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. RSU13 Adult Education is housed at 28 Lincoln Street in Rockland, also referred to as McLain School, and has classrooms and offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Please call the Main Office at 594-9764 to learn more or schedule an intake appointment.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 31, 2018

NEW OFFERING: ServSafe® Manager Certification [Sanford Community Adult Education]

ServSafe® Manager Certification

Now being offered at Sanford Community Adult Education

In partnership with On Focus Solutions (Ken Bakos Instructor)


Comprehensive ServSafe® Training and Exam (Includes Textbook and Answer Sheet):

  • Eight hour Classroom Instruction
  • Diagnostic Test Review
  • Proctored Exam with Answer Sheet
  • Practice Exam

*PLEASE NOTE: Reading this textbook before attending the course is key to your success on the exam.  Limited Enrollment - Register Now  at:

Next session is 11/26/2018 9-4 Price: $155.95


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 29, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Adult Education Instructors Learning Together [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]


Caption:  Hub 7 members participate in a “fishbowl” gathering ideas and strategies.

Caption: Hub 7 members get to know each other at their first Professional Learning Community meeting.

RSU13 Adult Ed has joined together with Adult Ed programs across the midcoast region to create a Hub. This new model is being adopted by the state to encourage programs to apply for grants together, share resources and expertise, and to create Professional Learning Communities for instructors. Members of Hub 7 include Adult Ed programs from  RSU 3 (Mount View),  Belfast, 5 Towns Regional School District, RSU 13, Region 8 Mid Coast School of Technology, MSAD 40 (Waldoboro), Central Lincoln County, RSU 1 (Wiscasset), Merrymeeting (Topsham) and RSU 12 (Sheepscott Valley).

Instructors from Hub 7 recently met for their first Professional Learning Community meeting at Medomak Valley High School. Instructors ate dinner together and shared challenges and instructional strategies. Instructors will continue to meet regularly using online tools such as Zoom, to continue this collaboration.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 29, 2018