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Super Saturday: March 27th! [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education's annual Spring Super Saturday will be held this March 27th! Nearly a dozen courses will be offered for busy folks who want learn something new in a one-day workshop. The variety of courses will include:

A Slice of Summer Wall-Hanging: Use a template-free, quick sew method to create a festive seasonal wall-hanging. 9:00-3:00, $32 plus a $5 lab fee.

Automotive Essentials for Kids & Teens: Parents and children/teens are invited to a hands-on workshop on how to keep an automobile running safely and deal with unexpected (but common) auto emergencies. Appropriate for those aged 10 & up. All youth must register with an adult; an adult may accompany up to two youth. 9:30-1:30, $25 plus a $10 lab per parent-youth pair, $10 for an additional child.

CPR, First Aid, AED Training: Become certified through the American Heart Association in basic CPR, First Aid and proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 9:00-3:00, $65.

Bead Weaving & Wire Wrapped Earrings: Create a beautiful bracelet using a bead-weaving technique and matching wire-wrapped dangle earrings! 9:00-Noon, $18 plus a $25 lab fee.

Introduction to Email Marketing: Learn new strategies to promote your business effectively and with no up-front costs using ConstantContact. 9:00-3:00, $55 plus a $10 lab fee.

Introduction to West African Drumming: Join Eric and Barbara vanBok of Resounding Rhythms for an introduction into the world of West African Drumming. 10:30-1:30, $23 plus a $5 lab fee.

MS Excel Workshop: This course will help beginners gain a functional understanding of MS Excel. Learn to enter data, create formulas, and format spreadsheets. 9:00-3:00, $55.

MS Word in a Day: Review the basics of MS Word, and then move on to learn how to utilize the most useful features MS Word offers, including integrating graphics and spreadsheets, creating and controlling tables, bullets, mail merge, wizards and more. 9:00-3:00, $55.

Rectangular Carrier Basket: Join Martha Chessie to weave a unique basket with personalized color accents. 9:00-3:00, $28 plus a $16 lab.

Seashell & Glass Sun Catcher: Join Jim Nutting of Maine Art Glass to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind stained-glass sun catcher in a day. 9:00-2:00, $27 plus a $15 lab fee.

Spell Better: Take a morning to learn tricks that will improve spelling skills. 9:00-Noon, $12.

Lunch will be included with all day-long classes. For the full listing of courses, or to register for any of the above workshops, visit [ ] or call 795-4141.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 25, 2010 | Read more in: Events

New Course! Automotive Essentials for Kids & Teens [Lewiston Adult Education]

 Does a child or young adult in your life have an interest in cars?  Would you like to spend a few hours with them learning about cars? Well this is a great opportunity to spend some time together as you both learn a little about how an automobile works, how to deal with unexpected (but common) car problems, and how to keep a vehicle running safely.

This four hour class will focus on the systems covered in the Maine State Inspection procedure. Participants will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and perform an inspection in the automotive repair shop at Lewiston Regional Technical Center. Additional basic skills will also be covered, including the use of jumper cables, changing a flat, fluid inspection and other general knowledge topics. The instructor will also share information about the automobile industry and career opportunities.

Appropriate for ages 10 & up. All youth must register with an adult; an adult may accompany up to two youth. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Saturday, March 27th, 9:30-1:30. $25 + $10 lab per parent & youth, $5 + $5 lab for an additional youth. Call 795-4141 to register.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 24, 2010 | Read more in: News

Five Towns at Hall of Flags

Nice article in The Village Soup


Posted by Cathy Newell  on February 24, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

Maine Adult Education Conference Plans

The annual Maine Adult Education Conference will be held at Colby College in Waterville on June 23 and 24, 2010, preceded by a Pre-Conference on Career Pathways on June 22. The Call for Presenters has just been released by Conference Chair Rob Wood of Portland Adult Education.

The Maine Adult Education Conference is the major professional development event for adult educations and is presented by the Maine Adult Education Association, a membership organization for Maine's adult education programs and partner organizations, as well as individuals devoted to adult education. The annual conference offers strands of workshop sessions on various topics and program areas, speakers, hands-on workshops particularly in the area of technology and exhibitors, as well a fun and relaxation in a beautiful setting. Housing is available on campus, or at nearby hotels. Registration information will be available in early spring.


Posted by Cathy Newell  on February 17, 2010

Maine College Transitions Op Ed

Maine College Transitions OpED


Posted by Cathy Newell  on February 16, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

WorkReady Makes the News

WorkReady is one of the programs Mainer's are using to retrain for new jobs.

Click to read the blog post.


Posted by Cathy Newell  on February 14, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

Become an instructor with us! [MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education]

Imagine being the center of attention for two or three hours each week, imparting knowledge it has taken you years to accumulate, and achieving recognition as an expert in your field. Imagine doing this with a group of motivated students who are listening to you because they want to. Imagine being paid to do this! Okay, okay, it isn't going to make you rich in the pocketbook, but it WILL make you rich in satisfaction. Our instructors teach because they love helping others learn. Possibly you do to.

You don't have to have a teaching certificate, nor do you even have to have a college degree. What you do need is the desire to pass along helpful information to others, the ability to communicate your topic clearly and have fun!

To explore your ideas for a course or workshop please email

or call 225-1010.




Posted by Kelly Cabral  on February 11, 2010


The theme for the Family Reading Club this year is the pillars of character: caring, citizenship, repsonsibiltiy, trustworthiness, respect, and fairness. This fall we explored caring with the help of Carrie the Caring Cat as we made cards for Grandparents Day, learned about how Johnny Appleseed helped the settlers, and read about how the Rainbow fish learned to share and play with others. We learned about citizenshipwith Cindy the Citizenship Crab as we celebrated through reading and crafts the holidays of Veteran's Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. We celebrated fall with our Five Little Pumpkin play and our Harvest Costume Party.

Through the holiday season, we explored traditions relating to thankfulness, caring, sharing, giving, and celebrating time with families and friends.

 In January and February, we discuss winter traditions with stories and crafts relating to snowflakes, snowmen, snow families, and various activities we enjoy outdoors in the winter or inside all cozy on a cold winter day. We made pop up groundhogs for Groundhogs Day and introduced the concept of responsibilty with the help of Roger the Responsible Rabbit. We also came across the beginning of a new season of birthdays of members to celebrate!

Speaking of celebrations, we are having a Valentine's Party at our February 10th meeting with a special "pizza party" dinner as well as games and are making special valentines for our home celebrations with our loved ones. On March 3th we will celebrate Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is March 2nd, and the Reading across America program. We'll enjoyed green (boiled) eggs and ham, read our favorite Dr. Seuss (and other easy-reader authors) books, and made a Seuss inspired craft. What fun!

We had a deliciousl dinner prepared by the wonderful ladies of the Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa and Gamma at our February 3rd meeting and always look forward to their yummy gifts.

The Family Reading Club meets Thursday evenings when school is in session at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Head Start room at the Porter Town Hall Building. Join us for dinner, story time, and theme related activities and crafts. It's fun and it's free!

 For more information or to let us know you're coming, call our office at 625-3092.



Posted by Renee Payeur  on February 10, 2010 | Read more in: Family Reading Club

WorkReady Jobhunting Advice

WorkReady Jobhunting Advice in Portland

see article in the Portland Press Herald


Posted by Cathy Newell  on February 10, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

Interest High in Somali language classes

Lewiston Adult Education

Interest High in Somali Language Classes

Nice article in Sun Journal about Lewiston Adult Ed's good work!


Posted by Cathy Newell  on January 30, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings