Archive: December 2010
Windham Raymond Adult Education now has a presence on Facebook both with an organizational page and a people page. The social network is being used to disseminate information about the program and update fans on courses, classroom happenings, and the occasional snow day. The site has also helped the ABE Coordinator to keep in touch with graduates and current students. Please join us on Facebook, we'd love to have you as a fan! Also, the 100th fan gets a free voucher for $50 to use toward a Windham Raymond Adult Education course. Click on the icon below to go to our Facebook page.
by Lisa Robertson
on December 22, 2010
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Windham Adult Education in the News and Events
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 www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.
by Jessica Crabtree
on December 21, 2010
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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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by Cathy Newell
on December 20, 2010
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Do you ever just feel like there is too much information out there?
We're in the business of educating, which used to be primarily about acquiring skills and soaking up knowledge. But how full can we get? Is there a physiological limit to the number of skills any one body can possess? Is there a knowledge saturation threshold? I don't have the answers to these questions, but I have some hypotheses. I'll have to do some research...
Which brings me to my point. The world of education has added as one of its primary missions the development of information processing, critical thinking, decision-making, communication, and innovation. In addition to the 3 R's, there is a new assortment of literacies to teach: written, oral, numeric, financial, visual, employment, and digital literacy. With so many services and programs available through adult and community education, our catalogs have become jam-packed.
Is the content of our catalog really accessible to all of the members of our community?
This has left me wondering, is the content of our catalog really accessible to all of the members of our community at large? Or is it information overload? Are we really giving you the right kind of information you need? Is it organized in an easily digestible format? While I don't think the answer to these questions is a resounding No, I do think we can serve you better. Here’s how.
Enter The Learning Link.
Welcome to the first issue of The Learning Link, our new periodical that will replace our catalog. As you flip through the pages, you will see a combination of articles, charts, advertisements, lists, and images. The content is organized around the major programs we offer, providing you with a quick snapshot, an explanation, and some details at a glance. This allows you to utilize The Learning Link in several different ways: browsing at your leisure, deeper study, or as a quick reference. Additional information about each course and program we offer is available on our website at www.MyAdultEd.org.
Visually Differentiated Text uses "the 7 Bs":
♦ bullets ♦ boldface
♦ breaks (white space)
♦ banners (paragraphs titles)
♦ beginnings ♦ boxes
♦ beyond monochrome (color)
In direct response to information overload, a new form of expository text has been developed for new media, called Visually Differentiated Text (VDT). You will see in these articles, as well as in other magazines and websites, how this helps make the text easier to read, search, and navigate. We hope you will welcome the change.
Let us know what you think. We are your adult and community education program, poised to adapt to suit your needs. If you have some input on courses you would like to see, services we could provide, or how to improve The Learning Link, please give us a call at 882-9710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Fensie, Director
by Anne Fensie
on December 18, 2010
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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.
by M Burd
on December 16, 2010
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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.
by Shannon Parker
on December 15, 2010
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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.
by Teri Morse
on December 11, 2010
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Chemistry instructor needed for one-on-one instruction with lab. To be paid by Voc Tech Program through student.
Please contact the Adult Education office at 568-34426 or email email@example.com
by Tammie Leach
on December 8, 2010