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Archive: January 2014

Electrical TrainingSSSSS [Biddeford Adult Education]

We have 2 new courses that we've just added to our list of courses:

National Electrical Code 2014

Date: Thurs., Feb 27 - July 17
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Center of Technology
Cost: $279 Res/$285 Non-res PLUS $76 Textbook

Electrical Training Level 1

Date: Mon & Wed March 3 - December 3
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Center of Technology
Cost for Level 1: $760 PLUS cost of Text

For more information or to register, click on the course title above.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on January 28, 2014 | Read more in: News

"Good welders are in high demand." [Lewiston Adult Education]

“Good welders are in demand. If you can put down a good weld, you will get a job,” John Clements, Lewiston Adult Education Welding instructor explains.

John Clements and Mike Cyr are welding instructors at Lewiston Adult Education. Together, they teach the Welding Certificate program, which provides 90 hours of instruction and lab within the 15 weeks of training. Both Clements and Cyr began their Welding training in Lewiston, and they agree that what makes Lewiston Adult Education unique is the progression of the welding knowledge and hands-on lab experience that give students “miles and miles of practice.”

The Welding Certificate program in Lewiston emphasizes safety. “Safety is key,” Mike Cyr states. There is a lot of smoke, heat, sparks, and gasses, so “a welder should be very detail oriented and have the proper knowledge of safety procedures.”

In addition to the foundational safety training, anyone who participates in the Welding program will learn the basics of gas metal arc welding, also known as MIG Welding. Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as TIG welding, are included. Students begin welding in the flat position, then progress to horizontal, vertical, and overhead. Students begin with 6011 and progress to 7018 1/8” electrode rod welding; this includes the whole process from how to set the proper amps, position, travel speed, and proper bead needed for a strong weld.

What are the characteristics of a good welder? Cyr describes, “Someone who is dependable, willing to work hard, eager to learn new processes of welding, someone who is flexible and reliable.” Clements adds, “Good vision and hand-eye coordination. Also, it’s important to have the ability to take some criticism. I’m familiar with some stringent weld inspectors, and they still get me on the smallest of details. So ultimately those critiques make you a better welder.”

Clements and Cyr agree that Lewiston Adult Education “helps students to be able to do any projects – at home or on the job.” The course is customizable and can prepare you to meet your goals. Both Clements and Cyr currently work at Pathway Metroflex.

For more information on the Welding Certificate, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141 or look online at Classes start January 29th.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 21, 2014 | Read more in: News

RASA Students Paint Hope Elephants [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Young artists participated in after-school programming at Rockland District Middle School to create six panels of a large-scale mural project. The students completed this work as part of our Youth Artists in Action program, which seeks to connect youth with their community through arts and service. The students were invited to engage their creative interpretation of themes such as Conservation Africa, African Ecology and Savanah & Forest Ecosystems. Their original art will find a permanent home at the Hope Elephants barn in Hope. Students were guided in this mural project by co-directing Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) art instructors, Alexis Iammarino and Sarah Rogers. Students participated in the design, planning, preparation and painting of the mural panels. “My favorite part was the patterns. I liked transferring the designs and painting those shapes. It was fun because it had a purpose; it was for something,” said Annie Willis, grade 7. Marshall Camber (grade 5) said of the experience: “It was awesome. My favorite part to paint was my waterfall, because waterfalls are epic, and an important part of the elephants’ environment. We worked really hard on it. We worked for four weeks, for four hours a week.  That is sixteen hours!”

This project, like all of Hope Elephants educational and outreach programs this aims to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants. “Hope Elephants is very excited for the mural project which has schools around Knox county working in groups to show different stories and information about elephants. The discussions and education about biology and the underlying conservation message are part of our core mission and we are excited to be stimulating the conversation in this unique way!” said Andrew Stewart, Director Hope Elephants. Funding for the event was provided by a grant secured by RSU13 Adult & Community Education.


Above: Student artists, from left to right:

Alexis Iammarino (instructor); Corbin Farnham; John Comeau; Marshall Camber; Samuel Hoch;

Chloe Dawson; Everett Allyn; Autumn Harvey; Katie Willis; Sarah Rogers (instructor)

Not pictured: Maisie Berard; Erin Corcoran; Isabella Marriner; Zachary Potter; Annie Willis”


Above: One of the six 4x8’ panels created by students




Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

Goodbye GED, Hello HiSET! [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

For years “GED” and “High School Equivalency Diploma” have been used interchangeably.  Beginning in 2014, Maine will no longer offer  “GED” testing. Taking its place is  a new equivalency test by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and known as the HiSET.

The HiSET exam covers the same academic content areas as the GED and is offered at no cost to the test-taker.  Passing the HiSET exam will earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.

High School Equivalency Test Tutoring & Testing

One-on-one HiSET (see above) tutoring and testing is available in our Adult Learning Center with skilled tutors. Testing accommodations are available for individuals with documented disabilities. Open enrollment. Call 207-594-9764 to schedule an appointment.



Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014

PVAEC Spring 14 Brochure is available! [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]

Brochure CoverSpring is near, and PVAEC has opened registration for our Spring 14 semester.  The brochure is in the mail to you, but you can download the PDF of the brochure while you are waiting, and the links will take you right to the registration page on our website.  

There is something for everyone this semester, from snowshoeing to maple syrup to the Boston Flower Show.  Learn AutoCAD this semester, track wildlife, study the history of Piscataquis County, or start spinning wool.  We're offering Reiki, nutrition therapy, quilting and painting, pottery, cross-stitch and knitting.  Plenty of choices to keep us all busy learning and growing.  


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on January 14, 2014 | Read more in: News




What is on your bucket list? Have you always wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Bake bread? Do calligraphy? Practice Tai Chi? Learn French or Spanish? Become a CNA?  We can offer all these opportunities and many more!  The Mt. Blue RSD Community Education Spring 2014 courses are now on line.  The paper version should be in your mailbox or in many places in your community by January 27. Or you may stop by the Adult Education Office in Farmington to pick up a copy after that date. We always enjoy seeing you!

Please feel free to call if you have any questions...778-3460 Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 p.m.


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News

GED is "out"...HiSET is "in" [Franklin County Adult Education]


The State of Maine Department of Education has made a decision to no longer administer the GED exam but don't worry..this has been replaced by the High School Equivalency Test called HiSET TM  effective January 2014.  This will cover the same content areas as the current GED tests and certifies that a candidate's academic knowledge and skills are equal to those of a high school graduate.  It will also indicate which candidates are college and/or career ready. Mt Blue RSD Adult Education is an official HiSET testing site. Once all tests are successfully completed, a student will obtain their HSE, or High School Equivalency Diploma.

Because it covers the same content areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, test takers who started with GED will be able to finish by taking the remainder of their tests with HiSET. GED/HiSET scores can be combined only during 2014. This means that if you have passed some of your GED tests but have not completed all five tests, you may take the remainder of the HiSET tests to obtain your HSE Diploma.

In 2014 we will be using the paper-based version but will begin to transition to the computer-based version as soon as we can. Both are available in English and Spanish.

There is still no charge to test takers for testing or preparation classes.  Students will be allowed to retest for any content area twice within twelve months at no additional charge. There is a fee for non-residents of Maine.

Students will need to meet the same requirements for HiSET as they did for GED to take the exams - minimum age requirement, photo ID, attendance at orientation, take reading and math assessments and HiSET practice tests.

Accommodations will still be available for students with documented disabilities by applying on line at or by contacting the Adult Education office for a form. Accommodations include separate rooms, extended testing times, signed interpreted instructions,  large print, and scribes.

The Mt. Blue RSD Adult Education Office teachers and staff are available to answer any questions by calling 207-778-3460, Monday-Thursday 8:30-4 or just drop by at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!



Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News

NEXT ADULT EDUCATION ORIENTATION DATE in 2014 - 2015 [Franklin County Adult Education]




Did you hear????


August 27 & 28, 2014 - Wednesday - Thursday

10:30 - 3:00 on Wednesday and 9:00 -3:00 on Thursday (bring your lunch)

December 17 & 18, 2014 - Wedneday -Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

February 25 & 26, 2015 - Wednesday - Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

April 15 & 16, 2015 - Wednesday - Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

Call Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education 207-778-3460 to Register

Location:  Please call for directions to the Mt. Blue Learning Center. The mailing address is Mt. Blue Learning Center Campus 129 Seamon Road, Suite A, Farmington, Maine


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

What happened to the GED test? [RSU16 Adult Education ]

The short answer is that the GED test will no longer be offered in the State of Maine.  Read on for more info and to get started on the new HiSET exam!

For years, the State of Maine has used the General Educational Development test to administer and issue the state equivalency diploma, which we widely recognize as the "GED".  Last year, when the GED Testing Service announced that the test would be changing in 2014 to solely computer based testing with projected increases in cost, the state opened up a competitive bidding process for a new test.  Through this process, the state selected ETS (Educational Testing Service) to offer its High School Equivalency Test, or HiSET exam, beginning in January 2014. 

While it was originally thought that students' GED progress would be lost, it has been decided that ETS will provide a limited window of opportunity to transition current GED tests to the new 2014 HiSET.  As of 2015, however, it is likely that GED scores will no longer be considered toward HiSET exam completion.  For those with fewer than 5 official GED tests, there's still time to have them count toward the HiSET exam!  For all others, start working on the HiSET exam now!  Call 345-3217 for an appointment.


Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 4, 2014 | Read more in: News