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Archive: November 2015

'Contribute to their Community to the Best of Their Abilities': New Mainers Project Explained [Lewiston Adult Education]

Irina Petranek

Irina Petranek works as an English Speakers of Other Languages teacher and job coach for Lewiston Adult Education. She talked about the New Mainers Refugee Workforce Development Project, which is held at the B Street Community Center in Lewiston. The project is a federally funded pilot program run in Portland and Lewiston. It is a collaborative effort of Portland Adult Edult Education, Lewiston Adult Education, Catholic Charities of Maine, the City of Portland Refugee Services, the City of Lewiston as well as the Portland and Lewiston CareerCenters.

1. What kind of help do you give to students in your class?

The goal of the program is to prepare students for the workforce in the USA. This includes discussing such topics as job applications, resumes, job search,  job interviews, soft skills necessary to be successful at work here. We also provide them with the information about various resources in the community that can help with employment -- job agencies, training programs, the Lewiston CareerCenter, local companies. 

2. Where do they come from?

The students in this New Mainers class come from Angola, Congo, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen, Togo. 

3. Why did they move to the United States?

Many of them are moving away from conflict, whether war or political reasons.

4. What would you want people to know about your students' goals? 

I would like people to know that the students in this class as well as other students in our programs are highly-motivated and hardworking people who want to contribute to their community to the best of their abilities. 


Posted by Michael Reagan  on November 23, 2015 | Read more in: News

RSU 29/70 and RSU 50 College Transitions Programs a Proud Sponsor [Houlton/Hodgdon Adult & Community Education]

RSU 29/70 and RSU 50 College Transitions Programs are proud to be sponsoring online streaming for the 2015 Houlton Rotary Auction.

Additionally, these two College Transitions programs will also be co-sponsoring, in conjuction with many other area  businesses, live streaming of area high school basketball games on the WHOU website this winter.  

Adult education is providing many ways for you to connect to your community.  Be looking for our huge schedule of winter programming to appear in the Houlton Pioneer Times in December, and remember, When you Think of Getting Ready for College, Think College Transitions.

College Transitions Information Video



Posted by Bernadette Farrar  on November 23, 2015 | Read more in: News


Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed is very excited to announce the addition of an EMT Course starting in January 2016! Exact dates and fees have not yet been determined, but this course will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and five full Saturdays until complete.  This course will be taught be an experienced health care professional, Carol Pillsbury.  Please call Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed at 778-3460 with your name, address, email, date of birth and phone. You will receive more detailed information at that time. 


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on November 9, 2015 | Read more in: News and Events

We Want You! [York Adult & Community Education]

York Adult Education is looking for teachers. Do you have a special skill, talent, or interest that you would like to share with others? Such as gardening, cooking, technology, or crafts.

If you are interested please e-mail Lynn Sheehan at to request a course proposal form.

Some requests we have had for classes are:

Knife skills in the kitchen
Chair caning
Local history
Cooking classes
Lampshade piercing
Line dancing/Country & Western
Hands-on Social Media

If you have experience with any of these topics, please don't hesitate to contact us!


Posted by Andrea Winslow  on November 4, 2015 | Read more in: News