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New CNAs recognized by Merrymeeting Adult Education [Merrymeeting Adult Education]

Carl McKinney Jr., left, Heather Huston, Ruth Bucher, instructor Margo Kovach, RN, Natalie Marden, Magen Ellis, and Naome Bray entered the ranks of health-care professionals on Sept. 11, receiving official recognition as Certified Nursing Assistants.

TOPSHAM -- Seven students graduated from Merrymeeting’s Certified Nursing Assistant program in a ceremony held Sept. 11, and the adult education center.

Carl McKinney Jr., Kelsea Bard, Heather Huston, Ruth Bucher, Natalie Marden, Magen Ellis, and Naome Bray completed their coursework and clinical rotations on Aug. 21. They entered the ranks of certified health-care professionals upon earning passing scores on the state exam,

The class was led by first-time instructor Margot Kovach, RN, who thanked the students for teaching her as much as she hoped she taught them in a speech that also recognized the unique contributions each student brought to the class.

Nurse instructor Margo Kovach shares some words of wisdom with her first cohort of CNA students.

Official certificates and a gift of gold scissors were presented by Kovach, and Diana McCain, director of Merrymeeting Adult Ed, and Dawn Wheeler, site coordinator of Regional School Unit 1 and Wiscasset Adult Ed. The two programs began working together in August to increase adult education opportunities in the southern Midcoast region.

Dawn Wheeler, site coordinator for Regional School Unit 1 and Wiscasset Adult Ed pins Carl McKinney, Jr., at Merrymeeting's CNA graduation Sept. 11.

Merrymeeting’s CNA program offers comprehensive training for adult learners interested in pursuing a career in health care. The 20-week work-ready course includes 110 hours of in-person classroom time, and 70 hours of clinical practice in a hospital setting.

The next CNA course begins Oct. 2. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick.

Merrymeeting Adult Education provides opportunities for adult learners to complete a traditional high school diploma, earn a HiSET (formerly GED), prepare for college, train for careers, and develop skills and interests in a variety of personal enrichment classes, everything from canoe paddle making to private pilot ground school.

For more information about Merrymeeting’s academic and enrichment classes, click here.



Posted by Raye Leonard  on September 17, 2018

Sept 25th: Academy of Medical Professions Information Night [Region 9 Adult Education]

Interested in a Medical Profession, such as Dental Assisting, Medical Coding, Transcription, Phlebotomy, or Pharmacy Technician?  The Academy of Medical Professions offers a wide variety of in-person and online courses to help you achieve your career goal.  Join us on Tuesday, September 25th for an Information Night to help you on your career path!

Classes available in:

        • Medical Coding (CPC)
        • Phelbotomy Technician (CPT)
        • Hospital Coding (COC)
        • Medical Professional (CPB, CPC, CMAA/CEHRS)
        • Coding Professional (CPC, COC)
        • Medical Office Specialist (CPB, CMAA/CEHRS)
        • Dental Assisting (RHS,CPR)
        • Pharmacy Technician (PTCB)
        • Medical Transcription Certificate Program
        • Group Fitness and/or Personal Training (AFAA)
        • Clinical Medical Assistant (with CCMA National Certification)

Posted by Caroline Mitchell  on September 13, 2018 | Read more in: Events

Certified Nurses Assistant and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Programs [Gray-New Gloucester Adult & Community Education]

CNA and CCMA classes starting in October 2018 at Gray-New Gloucester Adult & Community Education!






For more information, visit our website at or give us at call at 207-657-9612


Posted by Theresa Boynton  on September 12, 2018 | Read more in: News, Events, and Upcoming Classes

Fall Super Saturday, Small Engine Class Mark Change Of Seasons [Lewiston Adult Education]

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair teacher Richard Hussey, left, talks machine parts with students in his class.

Super Saturday and a pair of weeknight classes will mark the start of fall at Lewiston Adult Education.

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair and Bargello Quilts both start on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Lewiston High School. Small Engine will allow people to fix chain shaws and snowblowers. Bargello Quilts, which involve vibrant color patterns, can give students an artistic outlet while staying warm.

 The classes had been listed with earlier start dates in the Fall 2018 brochure.

This semester's Super Saturday is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lewiston High School. Classes with openings include Quilling for Beginners, Russian for Beginners, Spiritual Metaphysics: Heart-Based Living, Tea Tasting, PowerPoint and Jasmine Cafe Food Truck. 

Supanne Saengwong of Jasmine Cafe will talk about the food truck business as well as Asian cuisine before letting students try food from the truck. People interested in the Tea Tasting with Hawo Abdille will need to bring in their own mugs in order to sample the many different varieties that will be offered. Victor Caron shall explain ways to make the most of a presentation by using the computer program PowerPoint. 

For more information about the classes, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or visit their website,


Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 11, 2018 | Read more in: News

Little Libraires [RSU#12 Adult Education/ Alna, Chelsea, Somerville, Whitefield, Windsor, Westport Island, Palermo]

We are pleased to now have little Lending libraries in our towns, books range from Adult to Child, take a book, bring back a book, the same book or a different one. These libraires are made possible from a grant from the Whitefield Lions Club and funding and support from the Maine Dept. of Education. Locations are: Somerville- by flag pole at the town office, Chelsea- yet to be determined Alna- Town office, Palermo- Town office, Westport Island- across from the town office, Whitefield- yet to be determined, Windsor= overflow lot at Husseys Store.


Posted by Carol Davis  on September 11, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Lewiston, Auburn Adult Education’s CNA Training Begins Oct. 1 [Lewiston Adult Education]

Members of the most recent Certified Nursing Assistant class had their picture taken in their lab this summer.

People interested in starting a career as a Certified Nursing can take classes next month with Lewiston Adult Education and Auburn Adult and Community Education.

The classes will be held in Auburn and cost $275 per student. It is being done in partnership with the Marshwood Center of Lewiston.

The program begins Oct. 1. Classes will be held at Edward Little High School in Auburn on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CNA students will complete 180 hours of classroom instruction and labs in addition to 70 hours of clinical work. After completing the training, students will need to pass the state exam to be eligible for Maine certification.

To begin the application process, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or by calling Auburn Adult & Community Education at 207-333-6661. Students will have to take a CASAS, or Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, test along with having an interview.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 7, 2018 | Read more in: News

Opening for a P/T English Language Learner Instructor (Biddeford Adult Ed) [Biddeford Adult Education]

Category:  Adult Education

Date Posted:  9/4/2018

Location:  Biddeford Adult Education

Date of Availability:  ASAP

Date Closing:  Until Filled

Position Purpose This position is responsible to instruct students learning English as a second language. Position is 28 hours per week. 

Essential Functions

  • Plans a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of the students.
  • Assess students according to State and Federal mandates and design instruction to demonstrate student growth.
  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques and use instructional media and technology as appropriate.
  • Attend staff meetings and professional development opportunities.

Additional Duties Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Director.

                Note:     The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Education Education or suitable major


  • Successful prior teaching experience preferred.
  • Maine Criminal History Record Check Required (CHRC)

Biddeford School Department  uses the  applicant tracking  system from Frontline Education to manage employment applications online.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on September 6, 2018 | Read more in: News

Opening for a Adult Education/Nightime Supervisor [Biddeford Adult Education]

Category:  Adult Education/Nightime Supervisor

Date Posted:  9/4/2018

Location:  Biddeford Adult Education

Position Purpose This position is responsible for supporting evening instructors and classes. Position is 12-16 hours per week. This is a part-time, non-benefits eligible position with evening hours and some Saturdays.

Education High School Diploma


  • Experiece in an office setting preferred
  • Proficient computer and typing  skills, oral and written communication, customer service skills, and data entry skills
  • Maine Criminal History Record Check Required (CHRC)

Biddeford School Department  uses the  applicant tracking  system from Frontline Education to manage employment applications online.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on September 6, 2018 | Read more in: News

Spotlight on Kristin Fitzpatrick, Arts Afire Studio [Sanford Community Adult Education]

Spotlight  shines a light on the people who are part of the Sanford Community Adult Education community. Once a month we’ll introduce you to an instructor, staff member or student.

Our first Spotlight  interview is with Kristin Fitzpatrick, the new Studio Coordinator for  SCAE’s Arts Afire Studio.  Kristin, a Kennebunk native, is a 2013 graduate of Maine College of Art in Portland, where she had a concentration in printmaking and a minor in public engagement.

Kristin brings extraordinary energy to this position, as she works to broaden the studio’s scope and its visibility. “I would like Arts Afire to be a hub,” she says.  Kristin worked tirelessly through the summer to enhance the studio’s facilities, and to let more folks know the studio exists and is available for a variety of purposes.

Additions to the studio, which is in the SCAE suite on Bradeen Street, include a new drafting table, new silk-screening equipment and two pottery wheels.  The equipment was either donated or sold at a reduced rate to SCAE, Kristin notes.  She also received “donations” of time from others as she worked on making changes in the studio.

Kristin has been reaching out into local communities and connecting with people and organizations to let them know what the studio offers. As a result, Arts Afire is now going to be home to the Sanford-Springvale Art Association.  She also connected with Greater Bay Services in Sanford, which will bring its clients to the studio.  Most recently she has been discussing a collaborative project with the Sanford Trails group; she says the studio could be used to make signage to help the organization increase access and visibility.

Kristin is also letting people know that the studio is not solely a place where SCAE classes are held; it is also available to artists who need studio space. At just $8 an hour, it is an affordable option for local artists. Other offerings include individual or semi-private classes; an artist mentorship program and private art parties.

As for the classes being offered, Kristin says there is a wide variety of courses, with more focus on fine arts. Kristin will be teaching several classes; they include a general art class designed for young students ages eight through 13. She also came up with the idea of offering professional development classes for artists. “Professional Practices for Artists,” taught by Abby Dagget, is a five-week class that starts October  2.

Kristin believes that art-making can be accessible to all. “My personal take is that anyone and everyone is an artist,” she says. “There’s a lot of different ways to participate in the arts.”

Kristin also continues to nurture her own art career. She creates commissioned pieces, and she also exhibits her work. Most recently she was part of a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland.  Kristin’s main focus at the moment, however, is  Arts Afire.  Here, Kristin is artfully using her creative energies to infuse the studio with new possibilities. To learn more about the classes and/or the facilities, visit You can also connect to Kristin at


Posted by Sue Colley  on September 6, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Class Schedule updates [Franklin County Adult Education]

Writing -Fiction & Non Fiction will now be Tuesdays, 6-8pm,  September 18th thru November 20, 2018  

Sunzi on Strategy will now be  Wednesdays, 6-8pm,  September 19 thru October 10, 2018


Posted by M Burd  on September 5, 2018