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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.


  • 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