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Augusta Area Construction Training Program [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Augusta Adult & Community Education (AACE) in partnership with Associated General Contractors of Maine, Western Maine Community Action, FedCap, Maine Staffing and the CareerCenter are offering a construction skills training program designed to equip candidates with the work reediness skills and sector-specific skills necessary to become employed in an entry level construction-related position.

Students are provided work experience with local employers and may be eligible for on-the-job training upon completion of the program. To qualify, participants must be 18 years old; interested in construction as a career; pass CASAS reading/math assessments; complete an interest assessment; have the ability to work in the United States; and successfully complete an eligibility screening.

Successful candidates will earn a WorkReady credential, OSHA 10, RRP certification and learn all about workplace safety, hand and power tools, along with measuring, fraction and basic geometry.

Candidates need to register online at to attend the Information Session being held Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Augusta Adult and Community Education office, 33 Union Street, Augusta, Maine. The deadline to register is May 14th. Please call Augusta Adult and Community Education at 626-2470 if you have questions.


Posted by Helen Emery  on April 30, 2019

Maine Veterans' Home CNA Training Open House [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Training Partners for CNA Program

Photo caption:  Training partners from Western Maine Community Action in Lewiston, and Augusta Adult & Community Education, met with staff of Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta to plan an Open House to recruit  candidates for an upcoming Certified Nursing Training scheduled to start in June.  Pictured (l-r):  Cathy Stairs, WMCA; Myles Robert, WMCA; Patti Saarinen, WMCA Central/Western Maine Program Coordinator; Becky Thayer, MVH Human Resource Manager; and Zane Clement, AAE Director.  Photos courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.

Maine Veterans’ Home (MVH) in Augusta is working with training and workforce development partners from Augusta Adult & Community Education (AACE) and Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) to offer a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.  Anyone interested in a new career path in healthcare is invited to attend an Open House at Maine Veterans’ Home, 310 Cony Road in Augusta on Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m. until noon.  Tours of the facility will be provided.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with staff and schedule an interview to be considered for the upcoming CNA training scheduled to start in June.  Representatives from WMCA will be in attendance sharing eligibility guidelines for candidates to apply for the training at no cost.  Interviews with interested candidates will be scheduled at MVH the  week of May 13th.  Assessment appointments during the week of May 20th can be scheduled by contacting Augusta Adult and Community Education at 207.626.2470.  Upon completion of assessments, candidates will be scheduled for intake sessions at AACE and one-on-one interviews with WMCA staff.  The fast-paced CNA curriculum will be held of the campus at MVH consists of 180 hours required for certification.  Candidates must meet an eligibility criteria with background checks and availability for all scheduled training.  FMI please call  MVH, 207.622.2454. or visit


Posted by Helen Emery  on April 30, 2019

Lewiston Stand-Up Students Prepare To Spread Laughter [Lewiston Adult Education]


Students in Lewiston Adult Education’s Standup Comedy Workshop posed for a picture with their teacher during a class at Lewiston High School. From left to right, Ivy Moser, Frank Spurr, Roger Poulin, Cecile Thornton, Anita Alef, instructor Dawn Hartill, Sean Crane and Stephen Amoroso. Seated are Amanda Kinsey and Chris Kinney.

 Adult education students will put their skills to the test by telling jokes in front of an audience at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café in Lewiston on April 8.

Members of the Stand-up Comedy Workshop class at Lewiston Adult Education have met for weeks with instructor Dawn Hartill to polish their stories and find ways to develop them into a series of jokes. Hartill, who has performed throughout New England, was a member of the first Stand-up Comedy Workshop class.

The show will be held on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café on 115 Middle St. in Lewiston. It is open to the public at no charge.

Students meet for one evening a week at Lewiston High School. Hartill brings a microphone, microphone stand and amplifier in order for students to become comfortable with the technical setup in order to speak before an audience along with helping them hone deliveries and punchlines.

Comedians have made visits to the class to provide feedback, including Harold “Tuck” Tucker. Tucker also teaches the fall Improv class for Lewiston Adult Education    


Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 22, 2019 | Read more in: News

Maine Driving Dynamics Course [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Maine Driving Dynamics, a State of Maine sponsored 5 hours defensive driving course, will be offered in partnership with RSU 13 Adult Education on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30am-2pm at the McLain Building in Rockland.  Those who successfully complete the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record and students 55 and older can receive an insurance discount from their insurer. 

Taught by a certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor in a format that engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation, this course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways.

The cost is $40.00 per participant, which includes a $5.00 registration fee. All course materials are provided.  Students over the age of 65 pay $25.00.  Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up contact us at 594-9764 or register online at


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on February 26, 2019

Upcoming Educational Programs @ Fryeburg Public Library [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

eReader and Kindle Set-Up

Join us at Fryeburg Public Library for a technology enrichment program.

If you have questions or are having issues setting up your eReader, this FREE class is for you!

Space is limited-please call 207-935-2731 to schedule or if you have any questions.


Math Success Class

Don't let Math get in the way of your goals!

This free class is a great opportunity to work on the academic skills needed to prepare for the HiSET and the ACCUPLACER placement tests.

Individualized learning plans will be created for each student.

Rolling Admission

2-4 pm Wednesdays

Fryeburg Public Library

To enroll or for more details call 207-627-4291

or email


Posted by AE Admin  on February 20, 2019

Spotlight on Jeanne MacDonald-Johnson [Sanford Community Adult Education]

This month our Spotlight is on an SCAE staff member who provides critical assistance to students. Jeanne MacDonald-Johnson, our Student Resources Advisor, helps SCAE students with life issues and challenges that may get in the way of attaining their educational goals.

These may include food, clothing and housing needs. Physical and mental health issues. Substance abuse issues. Transportation needs. Help with child care.  Fortunately, Sanford-Springvale has many community resources that Jeanne can direct people towards. For example, the Community Action Program based in Sanford addresses many critical needs including housing, child care and transportation. Nasson Health Care, located near SCAE’s offices, offers  low-income medical, mental health and dental assistance. Jeanne stays on top of what  services and resources are available in our communities.

“Basically, when students feel that life is starting to get in the way, they come to see me,” Jeanne says.

 By going that extra step, SCAE can help students stay on track to meet their academic goals.

Jeanne also teaches English and music to SCAE students seeking their diploma. She started working at SCAE five years ago, when, as a new mom, she was looking for a job with some flexibility. She also has worked at SCAE as a Family Literacy Coordinator.

Jeanne, a native of Old Orchard Beach, with degrees in music education and performance, has found a great fit with SCAE. She says she experiences rewards every day she is working. “Every day, I get to witness my students growing in skills and confidence, and that is outstanding,” she says. “I enjoy having the opportunity to support my students in their successes and challenges.”

"Jeanne extends support that is really important to many of our students, who are often juggling many other life obligations as well as taking classes at SCAE," says Allen Lampert, SCAE's director. "She keeps up to date on all the community resources that are available. By helping our students with their essential needs, we are making it easier for them to attain their educational goals."


Posted by Sue Colley  on February 13, 2019

REMINDER: No-School days also mean all after-school as well as evening activities are cancelled! [Franklin County Adult Education]


Posted by M Burd  on February 12, 2019

Lewiston, Auburn provide options to adults seeking high school credential [Lewiston Adult Education]

A Lewiston Adult Education graduate and children head to the gym for commencement ceremonies in June 2018.


Lewiston Adult Education and Auburn Adult & Community Education are offering a free program for adults looking to get their high school credential.

The adult education programs both give the High School Equivalency test, the HiSET, which has replaced the GED as Maine’s high school equivalency exam. It consists of five subtests on a computer: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. People who are at least 17 years old and not enrolled in school may take the HiSET.

HiSET exam preparation and testing are free.  There are several convenient locations in Lewiston and Auburn.  The Adult Learning Centers, which are located in the lower level of Longley School on 145 Birch St. in Lewiston and 4th floor of Auburn City Hall on 60 Court Street are two locations. The third is Auburn Adult Ed’s office at Edward Little High School on 77 Harris St. in Auburn, which gives testing and lessons in the evening.

For more information, contact Auburn Adult & Community Education at 207-333-6661 or Lewiston’s Adult Learning Center at 207-784-2928.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on February 11, 2019 | Read more in: News