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Nova Wagg's Journey to Maine and a college education [Maine College Transitions]


Posted by Robert McIntire  on April 16, 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

A Degree for Every Maine Worker? [Wiscasset Adult & Community Education]

While Mainers are pretty good at earning a high school credential, the state ranks well below its neighbors in achievement of degrees. Higher levels of education mean higher salaries and lower rates of unemployment, which is why those hit hardest by the recent economy include the majority of workers in this state. Year after year, Maine tops the list of worst states for business due to the low educational attainment of its workforce. A degree in the hand of every working Mainer would make this an attractive state to entice young families and big business.

  • Why does Maine need more degrees?
  • Why do we need to focus on adults in postsecondary education?
  • What are the obstacles to non-traditional students?
  • What is currently in place to address these?
  • Where do we fall short?
  • What can be done?

65% of high growth/high wage jobs in the pine tree state require at least some college. In addition, job growth in the near future will be found in the highest and lowest paying jobs, meaning that those desiring a steady paycheck can choose between a minimum wage job or becoming highly qualified to meet the demand of growing industries.

So, how do we get more degrees in Maine? A rapidly aging population and the exodus of college-going youth from this state means we must raise the educational attainment of adults currently in the workforce. The most skilled, experienced, and connected workers in this state will retire within 15 years, leaving a huge gap that must be filled with qualified workers—workers that currently are getting by on less than family-sustaining wages, probably on public assistance, and most likely have a low level of education.

Nontraditional students face many obstacles when they return to school, from weak academic skills, to inexperience with college culture, procedures, and use of technology. Many are working parents who struggle to juggle work, family, classes, and mounds of homework. Most give up. Some don’t apply when they find their financial aid award doesn’t meet the cost of attending college. Still others cannot afford the cost of both college and childcare, or do not live within commuting distance of a campus.

Fortunately, there are programs to help adults improve their education. The University of Maine System offers an abundance of distance courses, and the Rural Maine Childcare Initiative assists parents with childcare while they attend a community college. Most campuses also offer a variety of student support services. However, the biggest hurdles come before these students even begin college: namely, awareness and aspirations for college, academic readiness, and an understanding of how to navigate the systems. The Maine College Transition Program was developed to address these issues through adult education at.

The goal of Maine College Transitions is to raise student performance on college placement tests, while providing a comprehensive program on college preparation and success. Students learn time management, reading and note taking, stress management, and career exploration, while receiving support and encouragement from other nontraditional students who are facing similar life challenges. Participants visit colleges, meet with counselors, and receive help with filing financial aid forms and college applications. College Transitions is tremendously successful in preparing adults for a successful college experience.

Maine needs to reward adults for choosing to enter postsecondary education, becoming equipped with the skills to persist, and utilizing resources to continue to degree completion. A program should be established for Maine adults who successfully complete a College Transitions program that provides a $2,500 cash grant over and above their financial aid award. Further, by maintaining a C+ average and utilizing institutional support services, they will continue to receive these funds for 4 years. This program will cover some of the unmet financial need facing most Mainers who want to go to college, while ensuring that they first obtain the skills that will make them successful in school. With a plan like this, I think it is truly possible for every Maine worker to earn a degree.

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Posted by Anne Fensie  on April 11, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

Adult education student achieving goals, gets published [Maine College Transitions]

For budding writers having a story published in a widely read publication is always a goal.  For Fred Fruehan he never imagined his big break would come thanks to his relationship with Belfast Adult & Community Education (

At sixteen Fred dropped out of high school, over the years he had a host of jobs including being a farm worker and a slaughterhouse butcher, none were leading to a professional career that would truly satisfy him. At 37 years old he was introduced to the College Connection Program at Belfast Adult and Community Education. College Connection, part of the Maine College Transitions Program ( provides an opportunity for individuals who wish to prepare for a college career to update a variety of academic skills. 

One of Fred’s instructors at Belfast Adult Education was well aware of Fred’s interest in becoming a writer, when an email came across her desk she knew it was something that would interest him.  “I was encouraged to write a story for The Change Agent by my College Connection Instructor Carolyn Haskell”, recalls Fred.

According to its website ( The Change Agent is a social justice newspaper published twice a year.  It provides cutting edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready to use lesson plans-all oriented toward a multi-level audience.

Fred wasn’t quite sure the publication was exactly what he was looking for.  “I went to their web site and was disappointed by their topic of call for articles, ‘Coming Home From War.’ I am not a war veteran and have limited experience with other war veterans. I thought I had nothing to write about.” 

When thinking about the topic he was reminded of stories that his father would tell about his friend Jim Gavlock*, a veteran of the Vietnam War.  After conducting research, reading private letters and talking with family members, Fred wrote “Vietnam: A Life Rewritten” and submitted it to The Change Agent.

“Fred’s haunting and vivid essay, "Vietnam: A Life Rewritten" immediately caught my eye when it came in as a submission to The Change Agent's special issue on veterans and refugees”, says Cynthia Peters, editor at The Change Agent.  “Amidst scores of submissions, Fuehan's essay stood out as a moving and powerful telling of how war re-writes people's lives forever. The Change Agent is privileged to include such a literary personal essay written by an adult learner in Maine and destined to be read by thousands of adult learners nationwide.”

"Vietnam: A Life Rewritten" tells the story of a pair friends separated by war and the long lasting effects that war all too often has on friends and family. The accounts in the essay are accurate, names have been changed to protect their privacy, the story can be read at  Fred’s essay appears on page 28 and 29.

When asked about why The Change Agent chose this particular editorial focus, Cynthia Peters explained it this way.  “We choose themes based on what we think are relevant and meaningful to adult learners across the country.  For the March 2010 issue, we decided to focus on veterans and refugees because so many people in the world of adult education have been directly or indirectly affected by war.  The current war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan have been going on for 7-8 years, and many adult learners either fought in these wars themselves or have family members fighting in them. Also, adult ed. classes are full of students who have fled war in their country of origin.”

While excited about becoming a published author, Fred is keeping grounded. He quit his fulltime job at a slaughterhouse to pursue his education at the University of Maine-Augusta, Bachelor of Arts English Program.   He and his girlfriend live in the town of Burketville, in a small cabin in the woods.

“When I enrolled in College Connection last fall, I had no idea that I would be attending UMA the following spring.  The lessons I learned at CC prepared me well for college. I don't believe I would be in a degree program if it weren't for CC. I have slowly gained a new identity as a student and life long learner; for that I will always be grateful.”

For those interested in learning more about Maine Adult Education visit  Type in your zip code and programs near where you live will be displayed.


Posted by Robert McIntire  on April 9, 2010 | Read more in: News

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