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Archive: December 2010

Volunteer Application Form [Literacy Volunteers - Greater Portland]



Posted by Emily Gilkinson  on December 29, 2010

Online Ad Made by Student [Windham/Raymond Adult Education]

Check out our advertisement for Windham Raymond Adult Education's Academic Program on YouTube and Facebook:


Posted by Lisa Robertson  on December 22, 2010 | Read more in: Windham Adult Education in the News and Student Success Stories

College Transitions Program for Adults [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education is now accepting applications for the Winter/Spring College Transition Program. This program is designed for individuals looking to increase their earning potential by earning a two or four year degree. Any GED/High School Diploma-holding resident of Androscoggin County accepted to the program may enroll at no cost.

Designed to help students prepare for, get accepted to, and be successful in college, the College Transition Program provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing, and math in a setting which simulates an actual college environment. Students who have been away from the classroom for years as well as recent High School graduates benefit from working in a college-style setting before enrolling in college. This transition step saves students much of the time and energy spent adjusting to the new environment, and allows them to better focus on their studies. Students in the program will also visit local college campuses to learn how to take advantage of many of the resources offered by colleges today.

Each semester, the course is specifically formatted to meet the students’ needs. The College Transition Program begins with a basic assessment of the students’ knowledge and skills. The instructor will then modify the structure of the class to lay emphasis on the material that will be most beneficial to the students enrolled that semester. By the end of the course, students will have developed the study habits and time management skills that will work best with their individual learning styles.

Other obstacles unrelated to academics, such as the college application process, financial aid issues, and any logistical challenges unique to the student, will also be addressed in the College Transition Program.

Industry-specific support is also available to those interested in health care. This supplemental program not only provides health-care specific career advising, it has also cultivated relationships with health care employers in the area who are available for networking, mentoring and additional advising.

Three sections of the College Transition Program are available: 1) Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am–Noon; 2) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm; or 3) Wednesdays 9:00 am–3:00 pm. College Transition Program classes will begin January 11th and meet at the B-Street Community Center.

Applications are currently being accepted. Interested candidates must contact Elayne Bean at 795-4141 to schedule an advising appointment prior to registration.

For more detailed information and a full list of courses visit or call 795-4141.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on December 21, 2010 | Read more in: News

Adult Education responds to plant closure in Windham

This article in the Independent references the role of Adult Education and Workforce Development in assisting workers from Bushmaster recently laid off.

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Posted by Cathy Newell  on December 20, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings

Catalog Cover Art Collaboration! [Franklin County Adult Education]

Mt Blue RSD and Franklin County Adult and Community Education ‎2011 Winter/Spring Catalog is almost ready; with a projected mailing date of the 1st week of Jan '11. Of course our MAEA portal site will be updated concurrenty for all of you digital citizens.
... Cover Credit: Our Adult and Community Education Center is pleased to begin a collaboration with FRATC (Foster Tech Center) Commercial Arts. The new cover was designed by Charles Fontaine's class. Featured is the winning cover done by Kaitlyn Morin. A special thank you to her and her newly developed skills. We look forward to continuing this initiative.


Posted by M Burd  on December 16, 2010 | Read more in: News

Senator Chris Rector Connects with RSU13 Adult Education [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

December 15, 2010

Senator Chris Rector joined adult learners at RSU13’s Adult Learning Center to discuss literacy, local employment and health literacy. Senator Rector is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, having served three terms in the House of Representatives. Senator Rector toured the facility, located at McLain School in Rockland, to better understand the depth and breadth of adult education offerings in the area. “I have always been a supporter of adult education and know its vital role in strengthening the fabric of our economic, familial and social community. Today was a chance for me to hear the individual stories of adults who benefit from this important community resource,” Senator Rector said.

Students at the Learning Center range in age from 16 to 70 and work on a variety of skill building including, GED preparation; literacy, health, beginning computers; English as a Second Language, and college preparation. R SU13 collaborates with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine to provide direct instruction for students. Due to this partnership, students can work one-on-one with tutors in their area of academic need, and at their own pace. All services at the center are free and confidential. Senator Rector has a deep personal tie to this agency as his father, Fred Rector, was an active literacy volunteer for several years.

Senator Rector met with RSU13 Adult Education Director, Shannon M. Parker, to discuss the future of adult education and its role in the Many Flags initiative. “When we consider the future of economic development, adult education is a key factor in helping our adult citizens build skills and job readiness. Adult Education is where we get the biggest bang for our buck,” Rector added. Many of the 200 students served annually at the RSU13 site are returning to school after a long period of time in the workforce. Some are looking to enter college or change careers, while others attend the center to improve reading skills in order to more successfully engage in a child’s homework. “Adults who struggle with illiteracy and low skills often do not have a voice so it is vital that our state leaders speak for them,” says Parker.

The reasons behind Learning Center attendance are personal and powerful. For instance, Debbie, a local woman who struggled to read at the sixth grade level, sought the help of Adult Education when she realized her nine-year-old son was a more fluent reader. She’d dropped out of school in 10th grade, but now realizes how important a credential is for employment and for her family. She attends the center faithfully everyday and took her first official GED test yesterday in Language Arts. Stories of adult academic success are common throughout Maine, due in large part to the coordinated local programs offered throughout the state.

For more information on RSU13’s Learning Center, contact Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine’s Executive Director, Beth A. Gifford: 594-5154.  


Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 15, 2010 | Read more in: News

Note from the New Director [Literacy Volunteers of Aroostook County]

For all current tutors and anyone interested in becoming a tutor. The reorganization process is underway. For those of you who have contacted us by email or phone within the past few months, we will contact you soon. Please feel free to touch base with us to update your contact information. We will provide new information on this page regularly in the upcoming year. Enjoy the holidays.

Lyn Michaud

Executive Director


Posted by Teri Morse  on December 11, 2010 | Read more in: News

Social Network Marketing..we're On Board! [Franklin County Adult Education]

Mt Blue RSD and Franklin County Adult and Community Education

Mt Blue RSD and Franklin County Adult and Community Education We attended a very informative marketing meeting today in Lewiston ME. It was presented by Encompass Marketing & Design, RainStorm Consulting and Maine Adult Education/College Transitions and hosted at The Green Ladle. It was well attended by MAEA members as well as some good friends from the Cross Office Building in Augusta.


Posted by M Burd  on December 8, 2010 | Read more in: News

A Beauty Visits Midcoast Schools [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

published by The Herald Gazette on October 29, 2010RSU13 Fourth grade students Josh Underdown and Jackie Hall participate in a workshop with Heartwood Regional Theatre Company's Millie Santiago.

RSU13 recently hosted Heartwood Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Nearly 700 students from Cushing Community School, South School, Lura Libby, Gilford Butler and Owl’s sat in awe as actors brought the famed fairy tale to life. Reactions to the experience were overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Second grader Katherine Freeman said, “My favorite part was when Belle FINALLY gave up and decided to marry the Beast and lived happily ever after with her husband!” Her classmate, Connor Bannow, focused on the moral of this fable: “I've noticed that all fairy tales teach a lesson. This lesson is that you shouldn't look at the outside for the true person, you should look on the inside.”

RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsored the events in collaboration with Heartwood Theatre of Damariscotta. Heartwood Goes to School is an educational outreach program bringing theater arts education and programming to midcoast schools in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties. The program is designed to allow K-12 students to experience many forms of performing arts including theater, mime, dancing, storytelling and puppetry. Heartwood Goes to School programming includes performances by professional Maine artists and theater arts workshops for students and teachers.

John Sommo, Principal of Owl’s Head School, was particularly impressed with the level of engagement the production afforded. “The performance was outstanding with students truly mesmerized by the acting, set and multimedia effects. It was especially rewarding to see the entire school warming up with the actors. The workshops offered an opportunity for all students to work on expression in a small group setting with professional guidance,” said Sommo.

RSU13 Adult and Community Education is dedicated to enhancing arts experiences for children in grades K-12. Last year, RSU13 students were exposed to a variety of artistic initiatives including Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf; Sleepy Hollow by The Frogtown Puppeteers; Atlantic Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker; performances by Old Grey Goose International, and a visit by local children’s author and illustrator, Chris VanDusen. In addition, RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsors after-school arts clubs at Thomaston Grammar School, Rockland Middle School, and South School.  


Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 8, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

Franklin County - College Transitions

Wonderful article on one of our stellar programs.

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Posted by Cathy Newell  on December 7, 2010 | Read more in: Press clippings