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Adult Graduate Inspires Family, Friends [Lewiston Adult Education]

David Trask, his daughter Samantha Trask, and friend Samuel Heikkinen prepare for the Graduation Ceremony.

On June 8th,  surrounded by hundreds of family members, friends, teachers and advocates, more than 170 adults graduated from Lewiston Adult Education with their GED or High School Diploma.

These individuals, ranging in age from the late teens to mid-50’s, juggled jobs, family and school as they put in the hundreds of hours of work required to complete high school credit or prep for the rigorous GED exams. Many of these graduates returned to Lewiston Adult Education to complete their High School Credential to enhance their qualifications for a job, go on to college or simply to fulfill long-held goals.

One member of the class of 2010, David Trask, was recognized for returning to finish his GED after a decade-long hiatus. Although he left high school nearly 34 years ago, Trask returned to start working on his GED in 1990. In 1991 Trask left without completing his GED, only to return in 2009, when he resumed working with the same teacher, Don Roux.

“When David first came here I had hair and teeth!” Roux joked during Graduation.

Trask had returned to finish his GED after his full-time position as a school bus driver was reduced to part-time. Trask needed a full time position, and as he began his job search, he found that all of the jobs he wanted required a High School Diploma or GED. 

“I realized that I really did need my GED to get a good-paying job, that a GED would open doors for me. And I wanted to set a good example for my kids.”

Trask was certainly successful setting an example for others. When Trask returned to the Adult Learning Center, did not come alone. As he resumed work on his GED, he encouraged his grown children to join him.

Trask said “I started going to classes, and said to my daughter, ‘Look, I’m doing it!’ So she started going, and then two of her friends started going!”

At the ceremony on June 8th, Trask marched across the stage followed by his daughter, Samantha Trask, her boyfriend, and another friend of hers. Trask’s son is still working on his GED at Lewiston Adult Education, but Trask hopes to watch him graduate next year.

Trask said, “I’m sorry it took losing my full-time position to get me going again. But it’s never too late- I’ve seen folks older than me there! I want to show others that if we can do it, they can too.”

Also recognized at the graduation ceremony were those who completed workforce training certification programs, including CNA, Clerical Certificate, Culinary Arts Certificate, Medical Office Certificate and Welding Certificate. Participants in the College Transitions Program and the Career Transitions: Health Care Edition program.

For information on Lewiston Adult Education programs, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 18, 2010 | Read more in: News

PVAEC Holds 2010 Graduation Ceremony [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

PVAEC celebrated with students, families and staff during its graduation ceremony at Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft on May 26, 2010.

PVAEC (Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative) had 48 students earn either their high school diploma or their GED since last year's graduation ceremony.PVAEC Graduates

This year's program began with an introduction by Thelma Regan, Director of PVAEC.  ThelmasIntroduction

Joanna Russell Keynote Speaker


The keynote speaker was Joanna Russell, Director of Tri-County Workforce Investment Board.  Joanna's motivational speech began by noting that she took Adult Education refresher courses when she was in her thirties to start her on the path to her MBA.  





Ben Richardson

The student speaker this year was Benjamin Richardson.  Ben's moving speech spoke of his journey from the depths of drug and alcohol abuse after the death of his father to earning his GED and being accepted as a freshman at Eastern Maine Community College.  










Musical Interlude

 

 

The musical interlude was provided by Susan Ramsey and Ruth Fogg, North Country Strings Duo.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honors Presentation

 

 

Daniel Smith was awarded his honor cord for achieving his high GED Score.  The cord and certificate were awarded by Eve Salley, Chief GED Examiner and Pam Flanagan, GED Examiner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduates Turning Tassels

The presentation of the diplomas was handled by Paul Stearns, RSU 80 Superintendent and Thelma Regan.  Then the graduates turned their tassels and exited the theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to get started on your diploma?  Call (207) 564-6525 for more information.  You could be in the pictures from next year's ceremony!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kathy Normandin  on May 27, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

Great Graduation Story in Lewiston

Check this out in the Sun Journal!

 

Posted by Cathy Newell  on May 25, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

Somali Language class in Lewiston

Lewiston Adult Ed offers the course.

Click to read article in the SJ.

 

Posted by Cathy Newell  on May 17, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

PVAEC Holds Arts/Crafts Exhibition [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

PVAEC held its second Art and Crafts Exhibition on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Morton Ave Municipal Complex in Dover-Foxcroft.  

Our community members had the chance to tour our facility and at the same time to view the work of our art instructors and their students.   There were painting and drawing exhibits as well as knitting.  It was a great opportunity to see what can be created by taking an adult education Arts and Crafts class.  For more information, call 564-6525. 

 

Here is a sample of the work displayed.  We have very talented students and instructors!

 


 

Posted by Kathy Normandin  on May 6, 2010 | Read more in: Events

Adult Education article by Anne Fensie in MaineBiz

Check out this article.

 

Posted by Cathy Newell  on May 3, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

U Maine Valedictorian Amy Smith - non-traditional student

Check out this article highlighting Amy Smith, U Maine Valedictorian, who got started at Hutchinson Center, is a CNA and is headed for a Masters in Adult Ed. Wow!

 

Read article

 

Posted by Cathy Newell  on May 3, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

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.

REMEMBER:

  • 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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

 

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