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Archive: July 2011

Minutes MACEA Meeting July 15, 2011 [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]



Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 22, 2011 | Read more in: News

Unlocking Potential: Results of a National Survey of Postsecondary Education in State Prisons [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]

Unlocking_Potential_Educ_in_prisons.pdf  This document provided by Ellis King.


Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 19, 2011

Cities Pave the Way: Promising Reentry Policies that Promote Local Hiring of People with Criminal Records [Maine Adult Correctional Education Association]

NLC_Reentry_Strategy_Guide.pdf  This document was supplied by Ellis King.


Posted by Richard Lumb  on July 19, 2011

Meet Dawn Wheeler [Wiscasset Adult & Community Education]

Dawn WheelerAs a new instructor to Wiscasset Adult Education, I have come to appreciate the warm atmosphere that my fellow staff people have promoted.

Students are brought on-board in a comprehensive manner which includes an in-depth orientation. This orientation process affords each student the opportunity to acclimate to the world of adult education and increases their readiness to learn.

My experience has been that students come into the classroom with exuberance and eagerness to learn. Each student is valued as an individual, bringing their own strengths and challenges to their learning process. We solicit continual feedback from students in order to create a curriculum that interests the students and covers a broad range of topics.

It is an absolute pleasure and inspiration to work with these learners, providing them with a supportive environment from which they can grow.

Dawn teaches adult basic education in our Learning Center, high school completion classes, and the Family CIRC:LE. She can be reached via email at or by phone at the adult ed office 882-9710.


Posted by Anne Fensie  on July 18, 2011 | Read more in: News

Meet Josephina Gasca [Wiscasset Adult & Community Education]

Josephina GascaImagine a room filled with a group of women wearing bright-colored hip scarves with jangling coins. Ranging from high school seniors to senior citizens and every age in between, they come from all walks of life, some mother-daughter pairs, some belly dance buddies, but all of them eager to dance, each with a unique body type and history. And each with a story to express through the dance. And you begin to understand. There’s nothing as satisfying as getting together with this group of women every week to dance. And they are amazing women.

Teaching belly dance is the highlight of my day during the work week. For me, it’s an opportunity to help form community and bridge the generations at a time when we are more connected virtually, but in turn more isolated. I often say in my classes that if humanity danced together, there would be a lot less war. I believe this, because I have observed the evolution of many women sinking in and getting really comfortable in their own skin and stretching out into the music and luxuriating in the dance.

I am privileged to be able to share an art form which creates a space for these women to explore that feeling on an individual level as well as in community. We work hard and laugh even harder. We move quietly. We clamor. We dance.

Josephina teaches Belly Dance on Wednesday nights at Wiscasset Adult & Community Education, Monday in Brunswick, and Thursday in Bath. An accomplished writer, she also teaches a Pen2Page Fiction workshop.


Posted by Anne Fensie  on July 18, 2011 | Read more in: News

CNA & Driver Education [Merrymeeting Adult Education]


Please call 729-7323 ext. 1 for the upcoming date of our next Certified Nursing Assistant class.

Merrymeeting Adult Education's CNA program has an application and interview process to determine acceptance in the CNA course. When your application is received by our office you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the CNA Instructor. Classes are held at our Brunswick Region 10 Technical High School location - 68 Church Road, Brunswick. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cost: $900 residents or $925 non-residents.

To download the CNA application click here.

Mail the completed application to: 

Merrymeeting Adult Education, 35 Republic Ave, Topsham, ME  04086

Videos demonstrating essential skills for the CNA:



Merrymeeting Adult Education offers Driver Education courses to help build strong, safe and confident drivers. Students are awarded an instructional permit upon successful completion of the course with a grade of 80% or better.

Classes are held at Mt. Ararat and Brunswick High Schools each fall and winter/spring semesters and once in the summer at Brunswick High School.

Download the current driver education packet here. The driver education application packet and payment must be returned to our office prior to the first day of class. Call 729-7323 if you would like an application mailed to you.

Cost: $460  residents, $485 non-residents


Posted by Michael Myers  on July 13, 2011 | Read more in: Events and News

Brief History of LVGS [Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford]

A Brief History of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford

May 2011 

Founded in 1986, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is celebrating 25 years of serving the community.  Our mission is supporting the literacy needs of adults age 18 and above with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction by trained adult volunteers.  Our approach is student-centered and we are honored to provide adult learning opportunities. 

LVGS was created following a national media campaign called PLUS—Project Literacy U.S.—that spread the word about how many adults in this country have literacy levels so low that they are prevented from functioning in society and achieving their potential.   

The Sanford PLUS Task Force was formed and included adult educators, business leaders, social service agencies, religious leaders, civic organizations, and media representatives, all working together to find solutions to increasing the literacy rates in our community.  This spirit of collaboration and concern for helping individuals improve their skills and become more self-reliant still motivate our work today. 

Over the years, many volunteers and staff have led and guided LVGS, from its early days as the Goodall Library Literacy Volunteers of America, to its more recent form as an independent, private, 501c3 nonprofit.  We are grateful for the countless hours of service that our volunteer tutors, Board members, office volunteers, and other dedicated individuals have devoted to this cause. 

Community support from businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, and other partners has played a fundamental role in our ability to carry out our mission.  Without this support, in the form of donated goods, services, funds, time, publicity, and friendship, we would not have come to our 25th anniversary. 

As we look to the future, we remain passionately dedicated to providing opportunities for students to improve their literacy skills so they can achieve their life goals relating to career, family, education, and civic participation.  We know that one person’s progress with literacy has a positive ripple effect on many other people, and we are honored to have a part in this inspirational story of human learning, dignity, courage and achievement.  

883 Main Street, Suite 4

Sanford, Maine 04073

(207) 324-2486


Posted by Ingrid Baily  on July 7, 2011

Accepting CNA Applications [Biddeford Adult Education]

Biddeford Adult Education is accepting applications for our next CNA courses.  Click HERE to get your application. Call  Sue at 282-3883 for more information.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on July 1, 2011 | Read more in: News