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On May 25th, former First Lady Barbara Bush announced awards totaling $310,000 to 14 communities in Maine to support her passion for parents and children reading and learning together.  The grants are awarded through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which funds local programs focused on reading, writing and language comprehension. RSU13 Adult Education received $25,000.00 to support their KNOW & GROW family literacy program, a partnership between Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and the Rockland Public Library.

 “The ability to read, write and comprehend empowers people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Mrs. Bush.  "The Foundation thinks it is important this year in hard times to volunteer more, give more money, and use our resources to support family literacy programs."

 The grantees were honored at a ceremony held at the George and Barbara Bush Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  Representatives from each program accepted their grant awards from Mrs. Bush and Doro Bush Koch, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation.  They were joined by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, First Lady Ann LePage and Danielle Ripich, President of University of New England.

Applications were submitted by libraries, adult education programs, and public schools across the state - seven family literacy programs were selected to receive $25,000 each. “This award will enable us to continue the inter-generational, integrated family literacy work we began in July, 2011,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU13 Adult and Community Education. “We couldn’t be more thrilled at the news of this award.” In 2011-2012, Rockland enrolled twelve families. Parents work toward earning their high school credential while their children engaged in literacy-based activities at the library.

For more information on the Know & Grow Family Literacy Project, please call Beth A. Gifford of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine at 594-9764. 


Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 19, 2012 | Read more in: News

South Portland Graduates [South Portland Adult Education]

Congratulations to all of our GED Graduates.  Five of our 13 students participated in a Graduation Ceremony as part of Portland Adult Education's Graduation.  The graduation was held at Merrill Auditorium on Thursday, June 14th and diplomas were presented by South Portland Superintendent, Suzanne Godin.  Congratulations to all graduates.

Front Row:  Kate Gato, Caitlyn Brown, and Devon Nataluk

Second Row: Christina Farina and Kelly Lamour


David Brenner, Caitlyn Brown             David Brenner, Devon Nataluk and Drew McNeely



David Brenner with Kate Gato                           Kelly Lamour and Drew McNeely


Posted by David Brenner  on June 18, 2012 | Read more in: News

PVAEC presents pins to CNA graduates [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

PVAEC Adult Education honored our most recent CNA graduates at a pinning ceremony on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

These 10 students successfuly completed our 208 hour course, and today they received their certificate and their pin.

Congratulations to all!


CNA Pinning Ceremony

Pictured from left to right:  Brady Ladd, Monique Plummer, Susan Page, Tonisha Bassett, Laura Micoletti, Instructor Sue Duplisea, RN, Jessica Brown, Heather Woodbury, Cindy Cooley and Chris Fagan.  Not pictured:  Hanna Baldwin.


Call 564-6525 for information on our next CNA class.






Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 14, 2012

Graduation! PVAEC graduation ceremony was Wednesday, June 13, 2012 [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

PVAEC celebrated its graduates Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft ME.  The keynote speaker was Congressman Mike Michaud.  Family and friends joined in the celebration, as the congressman told the graduates that learning was life-long.  He stated they had accomplished something no one will ever be able to take away from them; their high school diploma.  Music was provided by North Country Strings.  It was a wonderful evening.  Congratulations to all! 

Photos are on facebook:


Call 564-6525 for more information.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 14, 2012 | Read more in: News and Events

Inspiring GED story

Rep. Helen Rankin, legislator and GED graduate, has a compelling story shared in this article.

Rankin article


Posted by Cathy Newell  on June 11, 2012 | Read more in: Press clippings