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Archive: May 2014

Class of 2014 Graduation Program and Photos! [RSU16 Adult Education ]

More than 150 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium to honor this year's nineteen graduates at our cap and gown ceremony on Friday, May 30.

Congratulations to our 2014 graduates!  See a copy of our program here:


Check out our Facebook page to see photos!


Posted by Jenny Rose  on May 31, 2014 | Read more in: Events

Where Are They Now? [Gorham Adult Education]

Robert Vetterline and Danielle Hicks

One of the joys of writing this column is the memories that these students activate. When Danielle and I reconnected via Facebook, I was so proud to see a young family who had succ essfully overcome a number of barriers. After reading some of Danielle’s posts, I had to tease her. I asked her if she envisioned herself with a mini-van and a freezer when she was with us in 2005. Her response was “Kate, l have grown up.” 

Danielle graduated from Gorham Adult Education in 2005 and Robert in 2006. Robby joined the army in 2008. They knew each other in high school and began dating in 2009. 

They married in February 2010 and moved to Fort Hood,Texas. Since then, they have been busy building their family while living a military life. Robbie has served three overseas deployments - two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He returned this spring to Fort Hood from Afghanistan. 

Robbie and Danielle have three children – Joseph age 9, Kendra age 7 and Jillian age 2. Joseph is a Boy Scout and Kendra is a dancer with the Gymkix High Velocity Dance Company. And Jillian is two. What more can you say?

Since marrying, Danielle has juggled parenting (singly for much of the time), volunteering with the Family Readiness Group at Fort Hood, and attending college. She will graduate this spring with an Associates Degree in Applied Science as a paralegal. She is actively looking for a job with a law firm.

Robbie will be leaving the service in 2015. Robbie is proud of his military service, but is also excited to get out and be home with his family. He is planning to go back to school. He is looking to carpentry or computer science. He isn't 100% sure yet. 

Danielle summed up her accomplishments and the hopes for the future, “I am excited to begin my career. It has been a long time coming for me. It's taken me 10 years almost to get my degree but I've done it! I'm excited to have our family in the same place at the same time for more than just a few months at a time. I'm excited to move back to Maine and be near my mom, dad, and gram again.”


Posted by Kate Rotroff  on May 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

Congratulations Graduates [South Portland Adult Education]

South Portland Adult Education held it's first graduation ceremony.  May 15th brought tears of joy and huge smiles to our graduates.  David Boissonneault, the student speaker, thank his wife for pushing him to complete his High School Credential.  Ryan Cunningham was awarded a Student Recognition Award for his diligence in testing and his goal to continue his education at Southern Maine Community College.  All of our graduates deserve recognition for their earning their High School Credential.

Here is a link to an article about one of our students, Dyani Bobea.

Congratulations to all!!!


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on May 16, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

Summer '14 College Transition Program for Adults [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education is now accepting applications for the Summer 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/HiSET Diploma/High School Diploma-holding resident of Androscoggin County accepted to the program may enroll at no cost.

Designed to help students prepare for, be accepted to, and become successful in college, the College Transition Program provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing, and math in a setting that simulates an actual college environment. Adults who have been away from the classroom for several years (or more) benefit from working in a college-style setting before enrolling in college. This transitional step saves students much of the time and energy that is typically spent adjusting to a new environment, and allows them to focus on their studies.

Each semester, the course is specifically formatted to meet the current students’ needs. By the end of the course, participants 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, finding child care, and any logistical challenges unique to the student, will also be addressed in the College Transition Program.

College Transition Program classes will begin June 3rd and will meet at the B-Street Community Center in Lewiston. Both face-to-face and online/blended components of the contemporary classroom setting are incorporated into this program.

A “Bridge to College Transitions” course is also available for those interested in gearing up for college, but may need additional academic skill-building before taking the College Transition Program.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer session. 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 or call 795-4141.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on May 14, 2014

College Transitions informational session [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Please join us for an informational session

May 19, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served as well as a chance to win a $50 gift certificate

to be applied toward the cost of a College Transitions course.


These sessions are open to:

Recent high school graduates and high school equivalency certificate recipients requiring college preparation services to support a successful college experience,

 Adults who may have attended college but did not complete or earn a degree,

Career changers who may have earned a degree in the distant past but require upgrading skills to be successful in entering a new profession and being successful in today's college environment, and

 Anyone interested in learning more about pursuing a college degree or additional vocational training.


For more information and to register, please call (207) 626-2470 or email us at


Posted by Helen Emery  on May 14, 2014

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education Graduation May 27, 2015 [Franklin County Adult Education]

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education is announcing the upcoming graduation for their students who have successfully passed their High School Equivalency exams or obtained their Adult Education High School diplomas through the Adult Education Program. This ceremony will be held on May 27th  at 6:00 p.m. in the Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Learning Center campus.  The students and staff welcome any family, friends and community members to attend.  Desserts will be served following the ceremony.


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on May 14, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events