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Archive: August 2015

New Career Pathways Adviser [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]

Linda Davis is our new Career Pathways Adviser and Student Success Course teacher. 

She is excited to work with you in planning your next step, whether it is college or a career.  

Call 873-5754 to make an appointment with Linda.


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on August 31, 2015

Sign up now! [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]

Now is the time to sign up for your High School Diploma or HiSET(GED) classes! As the Intake Coordinator and Academic Counselor, Alice Openshaw can help you chose the best program and schedule for you!  Call 873-5754 for an appointment.


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on August 31, 2015

PVAEC and ED2GO Now Offering Career Training Programs! [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]


PVAEC now offers over a hundred Online Career Training Programs

PVAEC has a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable Online Career Training Programs to prepare you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you’re located. This partnership between PVAEC and ed2go allows you to develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today's competitive job market.

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and instructor and peer interaction, you will gain valuable knowledge at a time and place that is convenient for you. These programs provide the flexibility of studying at your own pace and enough structure and support to complete the course. They can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The Online Career Training Programs are available to start anytime and range from three to six months, with many offering an extension period if necessary. Many programs include an industry certification exam, and internship and externship opportunities are available for select programs. They are entirely Web-based, but expert instructors provide office hours and quick responses to any student questions.

PVAEC is pleased to offer this catalog of topics, which provides the most convenient, affordable, and accessible Career Training Programs available anywhere.
To learn more, call PVAEC at 207-564-6525 or visit our Career Training website at


Posted by Hilda Roberts  on August 24, 2015 | Read more in: News

Online Career Training [York Adult & Community Education]

York Adult Education offers over 200 Career Certifications all from the convenience of your own computer! Individual courses to explore careers in areas such as:

Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician
Master the skills that will prepare you for an entry-level position as a pharmacy tech or clerk, and discover the steps you can take to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

Explore a Career as a Paralegal
Find out if a paralegal career is the perfect choice for you, as you explore the fundamentals of U.S. law and legal terminology.

Explore a Career as an Administrative Medical Assistant
Learn all about the in-demand career of medical information management as you explore the job of an administrative medical assistant (AMA) in a doctor’s office—from appointment scheduling and chart creation to medical billing and coding.

Individual Excellence
Master twelve career-enhancing skills including goal setting, time management, personal organization, and creativity.

The Craft of Magazine Writing
If you’re a determined new writer, this class will provide you with the skills you need to get published.

How to Get Started in Game Development
Take steps toward a new career in game development by building a foundation to design games in a wide variety of genres for different audiences and platforms.

Introduction to Interior Design
Explore a career in interior design as you learn how to transform any room into a beautiful and functional space.

Certificate in End of Life Care
(18 contact hours) The Certificate in End-of-Life Care will enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and individuals who work with or care for those experiencing a terminal illness.

Examples of career certifications:

  • Certified Bookkeeper
  • Certified Wedding Planner
  • Entrepreneurship: Start-up and Business Owner Management
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 Certification Training
  • Certified Residential Interior Designer
  • Administrative Dental Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Video Game Design and Development
  • Web Design Professional

Go to for a
complete list and more information.


Posted by Andrea Winslow  on August 24, 2015 | Read more in: Events

Welcome to New Secretary! [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


Join us in welcoming our new secretary, Shawna Quimby!  Shawna started with us on August 3, and looks forward to working with you this school year!  If you need help with your registration give Shawna a call at 873-5754.



Posted by Shelley McGowan  on August 20, 2015

College Transition Program offers opportunities for returning students [Lewiston Adult Education]


People who live and work in Androscoggin County and are looking to enroll in college within the next 12-18 months can get assistance from Lewiston Adult Education.

The College Transition Program provides a review of reading, writing and math in a college-style setting. Students have face-to-face and online interaction as part of the 14-week class.

 “We’ve had a lot of success stories with our student in the College Transition Program and hope we help even more people this semester,” said Eva Giles, director of Lewiston Adult Education. “Getting ready for college can be intimidating, so we also provide help when it comes to the college application process and applying for financial aid.”

This year, four out of the six students who received a First Class scholarship from College for ME-Androscoggin were graduates of the College Transition Program. The scholarship is designed for adults taking their first college course or their first course after a gap of five or more years in a college environment.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for one college credit at Central Maine Community college.

The B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St., Lewiston

College transition classes begin on Sept. 8. Sessions will be held at the B-Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Students must take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems, or CASAS, test before registration. The classes are free for people who meet eligibility requirements.

For more information or to register, visit or call (207) 794-4141.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 13, 2015

Cake Decorating Tips from a Pro Coming Oct. 6 to Lewiston Adult Ed [Lewiston Adult Education]

Rebecca Baird remembers one the first cakes she made for a client. It had five tiers and was for a January wedding reception.

But the dry air made caused the frosting roses to crack, so she was putting them on the cake at the last minute.

 “Mistakes aren’t the end of the project. They help you to learn. It’s a great way to get comfortable with cake decorating,” she said.

What began as a creative outlet for her has turned into 35 years of experience. Next Baird will share what she has learned.

Her Lewiston Adult Education cake decorating class is scheduled to begin on Oct. 6 at Lewiston High School. It lasts five weeks.

Baird knows how forgiving frosting can be, such as filling in a hole in a cake. Or if an error occurs, icing can be scraped off and reapplied.

 “Cake decorating is really one of those things where it really doesn’t matter your skill level. We’re not going to be making them for a 600-person wedding or anything like that. A cake decorating class is more of a trial and error. It’s a safe place to try something. If you mess up, you just scrape it off and start over again,” she said.

Baird likes buttercream frosting, but said it takes some technique to have the right consistency or it will be too thin or thick. Fondant, a kind of moldable sugar dough, can be used for decorations. She has used fondant to make small animals on one her cakes.

 For more information about cake decorating and other food classes, check out


Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 5, 2015 | Read more in: News