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Prevent Class Cancellations! [Wells-Ogunquit Adult Community Education]

Registered in a class and not sure if it's going to run due to low enrollment?

Give us a call to see how many registrations are needed and then go to work!  Talk it up to friends; co-workers; relatives; other members of a group you belong to. You can make a difference and avoid your own disappointment and others' when a class you really wanted to take gets cancelled.

If you and a group of your friends have an interest in a class you've seen in our brochure with a timeframe that doesn't work out, let us know of your interest and we will let you know if it is possible to create a new class and explain what it will take to do it.


  • A minimum number of participants is required for all classes


  • The decision to cancel a class must be made 2 business days before it starts (unless noted otherwise). If the minimum number hasn't been met - we have no choice but to cancel.




Posted by Nancy Geneseo  on May 3, 2010 | Read more in: News

Did You Know [RSU 19 Adult Education]

GENERATION Y, the largest generation in human history, has never known a time when there was not a World Wide Web!
*There are 600 million active users (50% use it every day)
*Users spend 700 billion minutes per month! (10% total time spent online by U.S. Web users)
*There are over 623,000 accounts in Maine
*355,000 are 35+
*the fastest growing group are those who are 55+

Colors impact the mind and the body.  The following guidelines could be helpful for classroom and study spaces. 

  • Blue - Studying, thinking, concentrating  
  • Purple - Tranquilizing, good for appetite control
  • Pink - Restful, calming
  • White - Disrupting 
  • Red - Creative thinking, short-term energy boosts
  • Green - Productivity, long-term energy 
  • Light Colors, Pastels - Minimum disruption across all moods/activities
  • Yellow, Orange, Coral - Physical work, exercising, positive moods 

Posted by Barbara Basford  on March 29th 2010



Swell Smells

 Smell is the only sense that has a direct connection to the limbic system. Scents can be used to keep alert and may help to embed memory.  Some scents include:

  • Lavender - reduce stress
  • Lemon - induce a positive mood
  • Peppermint - refresh and invigorate
  • Apple - relaxes brain waves and reduces blood pressure
  • Vanilla - relaxes and soothes

    Posted by Barbara Basford  on March 23rd 2010



A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is critical for the brain to process learning and to rearrange neural circuitry.  The lack of sleep negatively impacts thinking, creativity, and long-term memory.  Although there is no set amount of time that fits everyone, all people need adequate deep sleep.

 Posted by Barbara Basford  on March 16th 2010



The Wonders of Water 

The brain is approximately 80% water.  Students become restless and have scattered attention when they are mildly dehydrated; slow and lethargic when severely dehydrated.  Drinking plenty of water improves brain functioning and overall health. 

 Posted by Barbara Basford  on March 10th 2010



Clear the Air

Better quality air, which includes more oxygen and less carbon dioxide, has been linked to improved mental functioning.  Green leaf and flowering plants cleanse the air.  Avoid pollutants and strong fragrances.

 Posted by Barbara Basford  on March 1st 2010



Light It Right

Natural light and full spectrum lights that simulate natural light are connected with missing fewer school school or work days and a more positive attitude.  Flourescent lights may cause eyestrain and anxiety.


Posted by Barbara Basford  on February 22nd 2010










Posted by Mary Jane Gilman  on April 15, 2010 | Read more in: Did You Know

Wanted: Teachers [Kittery Adult Education]

We are always looking for new ideas and new teachers. If you have a class you would like to see offered or would like to teach, please contact  the Adult Education office by emailing or calling 207-439-5896. 


Posted by Cindy Furbish  on April 14, 2010 | Read more in: News, Events, and Course Idea Proposal Form

One-Week Summer Science Courses in Rockland! [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Need a Biology or Chemistry lab credit for your college program?  Want to explore the spectacular Midcoast at the same time?   This summer, sign up for "Science by the Sea"!

We have heard much feedback that adult education college preparation courses are not offered in many locations in Maine during the summertime.  For example, last summer, a Chemistry student was commuting from Westbrook to Rockland (170 miles round trip) two times a week because there were no other offerings closer to home!  

So, we are offering a unique opportunity this summer:  one-week high school credit science classes, or “camps.”  Local residents can take a short time out from their busy summer schedules to complete their academic requirements in six days; rather than attend a class that meets for a few hours, once or twice a week, which seems to drag on and on over the entire summer. 

In addition, this condensed schedule will make it possible for students from distant locations to stay in the Rockland area while completing their college prerequisites.  Partners or families may want to come to the Midcoast together: while one studies during the day, the other(s) can play!  Upon request, we will assist students “from away” in finding affordable accommodations: this includes budget motels, roommate possibilities, and campgrounds.

See course listings for more details.  Call 596-2018 to register!

 Chemistry with Lab

Biology with Lab




Posted by Vanessa Richards  on April 12, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

WorkReady Blog Post

Click to link to a very well-done description of WorkReady, found on the website of John Richardson for Governor.

Click here.


Posted by Cathy Newell  on April 11, 2010

Helpful Links [RSU 19 Adult Education]

Regional School Unit #19

Online Learning at Ed2Go

Distance Learning:


WEB Math

Purdue online Writing Lab:

Purdue Study Guide for the GED Language Arts and Writing Test:

Easy Bib - The Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker

Cool Math Games

Free Online Practice Tests: GED, Accuplacer and more

Citation Maker - Choose from MLA or APA, choose the source, fill in the information and this website produces the correctly formatted citation for you bibliography.


Posted by Mary Jane Gilman  on April 9, 2010 | Read more in: Helpful LINKS

Adult Education - An Investment Worth Making [Lawrence Adult Education]

Adult Ed Article.doc


Posted by Kathy Cote  on April 8, 2010