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Fall Sports & Fitness! [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education will be offering a variety of health and fitness classes this fall. For those looking to get in shape or those interested in trying out a new form of exercise, Lewiston Adult Education has something for everyone!

Fall fitness classes will include:

Couch to 5K will help participants join the millions of people who use road race training to get or stay in shape. This is a good first step for those who are interested in trying out road racing, but need some support getting started.

Golf for Beginners will take place at Roy’s, and is designed for new golfers who have some familiarity with golf and golf terminology, but need some help getting to the next level.

Hula Hooping to Heal will provide an introduction into this new and fun form of exercise. Participants in this class will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Make Your Own Hoop workshop, which will meet prior to the start of the Hooping class.

Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen core muscles and develop flexibility.

Tai Chi is a Chinese Marital Art known for its health benefits. This introductory class will focus on the basic movements of Tai Chi and Chi Kung.

Vinyasa Yoga Flow blends elements of Tai Chi, Kindalini Yoga, DanceYoga, Tri-Yoga Flow, Vinyasa Yoga and Shiva Rea’s Yoga Trance Dance, to provide a fun-filled movement meditation.

Women’s Self-Defense and the Real World will help participants develop practical behavioral and defensive techniques to protect themselves in a threatening situation.

Zumba for Beginners will utilize the principles of aerobic fitness interval training and resistance training to burn calories while sculpting and toning the body.

Classes start as early as September 6th. For more information on any of the above classes, visit or call 795-4141.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 16, 2011

New Computer Classes! [Lewiston Adult Education]

LAE will be offering three brand-new computer classes this fall!

Introduction to HelpDesk is designed for individuals interested in becoming an Information Technology professional. In today's highly competitive job market, having the right skill set and training can make all the difference. Abner Goodwin will be teaching a new course specially tailored for people who want to start a career in the Information Technology field. This course will help prepare participants to earn the A+ Certification, which is recognized throughout the industry. It tells employers that the person who is A+ certified has the basic knowledge and training required to support and maintain computer hardware and software. Prerequisites: PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance I & II or equivalent experience.

We are also offering two new courses featuring Open Source software- meaning that they will utilize software that you can download at home for free!

Photo Editing with Open Source Software: Part I will teach participants how to use GIMPshop. GIMPshop is a free/open source program, intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. You will explore all the beginning level tools and features found in the costly professional grade photo-editing applications- but available for free using GIMPshop. You'll be able to download the application at home to practice your new skill during and after the class. Early class topics will focus on gaining comfort in navigating the application tools, progressing into photo-editing theory, and concluding with simple image compositions. (

Desktop Publishing with Open Source Software: Part I will utilize Scribus. Scribus is a free open source program intended to replicate the feel of Adobe InDesign or QuarkExpress. This class will introduce you to desktop publishing, using tools usually found in costly professional desktop publishing applications. Even better, you'll be able to download the application at home for free to practice your new skill during and after the class. Early class topics will focus on gaining comfort in navigating the application tools, fonts and typography, best practices in page composition, and finishing with a simple flyer or newsletter. (

These two classes are ideal for home hobbyists or small business owners who would like to be able to edit photos and publish newsletters without needing to purchase costly software. Visit for more informaiton, or feel free to call us at 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 9, 2011 | Read more in: News

Adult Education & Maine Business

Maine Biz article


Posted by Cathy Newell  on August 9, 2011

Minutes MACEA Meeting July 15, 2011 [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]



Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 22, 2011 | Read more in: News

Unlocking Potential: Results of a National Survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]

Unlocking_Potential_Educ_in_prisons.pdf  This document provided by Ellis King.


Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 19, 2011

Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring of People with Criminal Records [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]

NLC_Reentry_Strategy_Guide.pdf  This document was supplied by Ellis King.


Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 19, 2011

CNA & Driver Education [Merrymeeting Adult Education]


Please call 729-7323 ext. 1 for the upcoming date of our next Certified Nursing Assistant class.

Merrymeeting Adult Education's CNA program has an application and interview process to determine acceptance in the CNA course. When your application is received by our office you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the CNA Instructor. Classes are held at our Brunswick Region 10 Technical High School location - 68 Church Road, Brunswick. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cost: $975 residents or $995 non-residents.

To download the CNA application click here.

Mail the completed application to: 

Merrymeeting Adult Education, 35 Republic Ave, Topsham, ME  04086

Videos demonstrating essential skills for the CNA:



Merrymeeting Adult Education offers Driver Education courses to help build strong, safe and confident drivers. Students are awarded an instructional permit upon successful completion of the course with a grade of 80% or better.

Classes are held at Mt. Ararat and Brunswick High Schools each fall and winter/spring semesters and once in the summer at Brunswick High School.

Download the current driver education packet HERE. The driver education application packet and payment must be returned to our office prior to the first day of class. Call 729-7323 if you would like an application mailed to you.

Cost: $460  residents, $485 non-residents


Posted by Michael Myers  on July 13, 2011 | Read more in: Events and News

Brief History of LVGS [Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford]

A Brief History of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford

May 2011 

Founded in 1986, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is celebrating 25 years of serving the community.  Our mission is supporting the literacy needs of adults age 18 and above with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction by trained adult volunteers.  Our approach is student-centered and we are honored to provide adult learning opportunities. 

LVGS was created following a national media campaign called PLUS—Project Literacy U.S.—that spread the word about how many adults in this country have literacy levels so low that they are prevented from functioning in society and achieving their potential.   

The Sanford PLUS Task Force was formed and included adult educators, business leaders, social service agencies, religious leaders, civic organizations, and media representatives, all working together to find solutions to increasing the literacy rates in our community.  This spirit of collaboration and concern for helping individuals improve their skills and become more self-reliant still motivate our work today. 

Over the years, many volunteers and staff have led and guided LVGS, from its early days as the Goodall Library Literacy Volunteers of America, to its more recent form as an independent, private, 501c3 nonprofit.  We are grateful for the countless hours of service that our volunteer tutors, Board members, office volunteers, and other dedicated individuals have devoted to this cause. 

Community support from businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, and other partners has played a fundamental role in our ability to carry out our mission.  Without this support, in the form of donated goods, services, funds, time, publicity, and friendship, we would not have come to our 25th anniversary. 

As we look to the future, we remain passionately dedicated to providing opportunities for students to improve their literacy skills so they can achieve their life goals relating to career, family, education, and civic participation.  We know that one person’s progress with literacy has a positive ripple effect on many other people, and we are honored to have a part in this inspirational story of human learning, dignity, courage and achievement.  

883 Main Street, Suite 4

Sanford, Maine 04073

(207) 324-2486


Posted by Ingrid Baily  on July 7, 2011

Accepting CNA Applications [Biddeford Adult Education]

Biddeford Adult Education is accepting applications for our next CNA courses.  Click HERE to get your application. Call  Sue at 282-3883 for more information.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on July 1, 2011 | Read more in: News