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PVAEC announces new online course - Introduction to Google Analytics [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Nearly every business and non-profit organization has a website, and probably a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. Individuals have them too, to promote ideas, to share a vision, or to educate the public. No matter what brings you to the Web, your hope is that a lot of people see your website, your wall, your tweets, and your videos. Why else go to the trouble of sharing them?  

In our new online course, Introduction to Google Analytics, you'll learn  how you can track not just the traffic to all of your online content, but also determine which content is the most appealing, where your visitors came from, what devices they used, how long they stayed, which links they clicked, and where they went when they left. 

This is a 6 week 24 hour online course.  Choose one of the following start dates:
6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11. $99.  

Learn more about this course and register at



Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 26, 2013 | Read more in: News

Thelma Regan, Director PVAEC, is awarded Outstanding Administrator of the Year [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Thelma and Staff with awardThelma Regan, Director of PVAEC – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, received the MAEA Adult Education Outstanding Administrator award at the recent Maine Adult Education Association Conference held at Colby College in Waterville on June 19, 2013.

When presenting the plaque to Thelma, Tim Dresser, President of MAEA, cited her commitment to Adult Education.  In March, 2012, Thelma received the Warren “Pete” Myrick Community Service Award which recognizes a Piscataquis County citizen or organization that exemplifies Pete Myrick’s concern for commitment for education, economic development and civic leadership in the region.  Currently, Thelma Regan serves on New England Literacy Resource Center’s board of directors; she is an elected Maine Adult Education Association director, and serves on the executive committee of the University of Maine Extension Service for Piscataquis County. 

The Maine Adult Education Association annually recognizes outstanding teachers, student leaders, support staff and administrators.  For more information about the Maine Adult Education Association, contact MAEA at 875-2722 or visit the web site at  For more information about PVAEC, visit us at


Pictured above from left to right:  Eve Salley, Diploma Instructor; Kathy Normandin, Administrative Assistant; Thelma Regan, Director; and Leah Gomes, College Readiness Instructor.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 25, 2013 | Read more in: News and Events

Our new yearbook! [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Augusta Adult and Community Education has its first electronic yearbook! Our thanks to Courtney Oliver and Andre Cormier for putting their time and talents into this project. Courtney graduated from our program June 7th and Andre teaches a variety of classes for us. We would like to thank the staff and students who contributed to this endeavor by providing information and photographs to share.

Please click here to view our yearbook!


Posted by Helen Emery  on June 20, 2013

Summer Classes Start July 9 [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education has a variety of courses available this summer for those interested in gearing up for college, finishing a Diploma/GED, or building workforce/computer skills. Most classes start July 9th.

Back by popular demand is our Culinary Arts Certificate course. Join Chef Dan Caron at the Green Ladle and prepare to launch a career in the restaurant/catering/hospitality business!

This summer LAE has newly expanded computer offerings . Computer classes will be available at a variety of levels, from the basics- such as Keyboarding and Intro to Computing & the Internet - to specific office programs such as MS Excel and Quickbooks . Courses in online content management, including Wordpress for Beginners and Advanced Web Design , will also be available this summer.

Many of the above classes also count as credit towards LAE's Clerical Office, Accounting Assistant, and Medical Office Certificate programs. For information on enrolling in a Certificate program, contact Elayne Bean at 795-4141.

As always, High School Diploma and College/Nursing School prerequisites will be available, including Algebra I , Applied Algebra & Math Review , Biology , Chemistry and Critical Reading .

Ongoing GED , ESOL and Adult Basic Education courses are also available at the Adult Learning Center. Call 784-2928 for information on these programs.

Please don't hesitate to contact the LAE office at 795-4141 if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a class. We hope to see you this summer!


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 11, 2013 | Read more in: News

Need to Talk About Your Next Step? [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

Need Job training, a high school credentialor a new direction? Need to get ready for college?

We have NO COST  options to support your move to a great future. See our ACADEMICS page for more info.


Our Student Services Coordinator, Liis Nigol, is trained to support you in achieving your goals. Call (207) 282-3846 for a FREE appointment or email and get started!

Getting support or taking classes for your high school credential or college prep is at NO COST TO YOU!

             • Conduct a job search

            • Write a résumé

            • Take a career interest inventory

            • Prepare for an interview

            • Prepare college applications

            • See if you can pass the HiSET

            • Get your High School Diploma

            • Improve job skills

Get started! Give us a call at (207) 282 3846 or (207) 934 7922. Vist our ACADEMICS page!

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on June 11, 2013 | Read more in: Events and News

Graduation at PVAEC [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Graduates on StagePVAEC held its graduation ceremony on June 5, 2013 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.  

The Keynote Speaker was Tony Hamlin, teacher and coach at PVHS and a NE Basketball Hall of Famer.  Tony had stories to share that demonstrate the fact that it is never too late to get your education.  In congratulating the students, he encouraged them to continue to pursue further education.  

Special recognition was awarded to Paul Stearns, Superintendent of RSU 80.  Paul was one of the "Founding Fathers" of our Adult Ed Cooperative and was given a certificate thanking him for his support and encouragement of adult education.  

Our CNA instructors Sue Duplisea, RN, and Nancy Hoskins, RN, awarded the CNA pins to our latest CNA class.  It was announced during graduation that the entire class had just passed their State Exam!  Congratulations were given to all.

Eve Salley, Diploma Instructor, and Brenda Clawson, GED Examiner, awarded PVAEC Honor Cords to the members of the PVAEC Honor Society.  These students each earned a combined GED Score over 2850.

Thelma Regan and Paul Stearns awarded the High School Diplomas and General Equivalency Diplomas to the students.  

And with the turning of the tassels the class of 2013 was graduated!


Graduation 2013 Program

Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 11, 2013 | Read more in: News

Madawaska Adult Education Celebrates the Completion of Another Successful Year! [Madawaska Adult and Community Education]

    The Madawaska/SAD #33 Adult & Community Education Program recognized the academic accomplishments of learners during an end of year lasagna dinner held at the Madawaska High School on May 23.  During the 2012-2013 academic year, learners participated in Vocational Training including C.N.A. certification, College Transitions, High School completion, Foreign Language study, English Language Improvement, and Computer and Technology Training.  Learners from all area communities enrolled in adult education programming, including Madawaska, Grand Isle, Frenchville, St. Agatha, and Sinclair.

    Adult and Community Education Director, Christine Cowie, congratulated learners on their accomplishments saying, “[Returning to school] takes determination and courage.  It isn’t always easy . . . when your past experience may not have been one of success and enjoyment.  Education has changed and you have changed.  Come and visit us, you may rediscover the fun in learning.”

    Four learners shared their powerful stories of their vastly unique educational paths.   France McDermott started out the evening sharing her adult education experiences after more than 20 years since graduating from high school, also adjusting to the English language after a French education.  Although she has lived in the U.S. since marrying many years ago and taught herself English as a teenager to communicate with her American friends, learning to read and write English grammar, spelling, and punctuation has been a completely new experience.  After completing 2 semesters of the College Transitions program, France is now enrolled in fall college classes and hopes to get her degree in Behavioral Science.  France had this to say about returning to school, “I was able to stay employed for 31 years in the restaurant business and even owned my own. . . Then one day I was out of a job and my thought was, ‘Why not return to school?’ Nothing was stopping me. . . I decided to enroll in adult education classes in Madawaska.  I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but with hard work, anything is possible. . . I got the foundation I was looking for.”

    Therese Daigle and Verna Levesque, who both returned to school after their children were grown with families of their own, spoke about their years of attending adult education, years that started with learning English as a Second Language and progressed to improving their oral and written English Language skills as well as learning math.  Both ladies came from a primarily French background and have not only been able to learn from what Adult Education has to offer, but they have also helped enrich the educational experiences of their peers and instructors.  Therese said, “I always enjoyed learning . . . Understanding any language opens up a new world with connections to other people . . . I am meeting new people and keeping my brain active as I become a lifelong learner.”  Verna spoke these personal words, “I was ashamed and embarrassed because I did not have an education . . . I felt like I was carrying a disgraceful secret.  I avoided [people]. . .  I took advantage of adult education classes.  I am now more comfortable with people.  I now read every day.  I look forward to enrolling in adult education classes again this fall.”

    The evening included several displays of enrichment class products.  Gert Thibodeau’s Art and Painting class, a staple in the program, provided samples from this year’s classes in their display of student paintings.  Gert Thibodeau was awarded the Madawaska Adult Educator of the Year award for her years of dedicated teaching to the St. John Valley community.   A display of jewelry made by students highlighted the new Jewelry Making class given by Jeannie Beaulieu.  The stage was full of samples from the Grosses Tetes class, one of several new classes to highlight the upcoming World Acadian Congress 2014.  Mrs. Victorine Dionne, retired art instructor, donated hours of her time and expertise in this project, which has produced dozens of Big Heads, all unique in design and personality.       

    The highlight of the evening was the Adult Education graduation ceremony and awarding of High School and GED Diplomas.  This year’s graduates were Alesha Kelley, Jamie Gendreau, Monica Sirois, and Casey Violette.  Monica, representing her fellow graduates, began her speech with these words from the Reverend Jesse Jackson, “If the mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”  She continued with, “Life isn’t easy for many students who, for a variety of reasons, don’t complete High School during the usual K-12 progression . . . We had to reach within and muster up discipline, commitment, and courage . . . We needed discipline to attend classes when [life] called for our attention . . . We had to summon up courage, take the next step, and no longer be ashamed . . . I enrolled in the G.E.D. program in adult education, and from that day I was determined . . . I don’t know what the future holds, but it’s looking a lot brighter.”  Christine Cowie addressed the graduates saying, “Adult learners face many challenges as they juggle the demands of their adult lives with the requirements of school . . . it is never too late [for learning].  It is a lifelong journey.  Our graduates tonight faced the challenges, stayed focused, and tonight they realize their dream.”  Mrs. Terry Wood, Madawaska’s Superintendent of Schools, ended the evening with best wishes for all the graduates as well as for every learner who participated in this year’s programming.   She also congratulated Christine Cowie for her continued efforts in securing quality and varied programming options for Madawaska and the St. John Valley Community.

For more information about what adult education has to offer for the next school year, please contact Christine Cowie or Stacey Cyr at 728-6314.



Posted by Stacey Cyr  on June 6, 2013 | Read more in: News