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Archive: March 2016

Ready2Work CNA Graduation 2016 [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


We would like to congratulate our Ready2Work CNA 2016 graduates!

These seven students started the program at the beginning of December, earning their WorkReady Credential before moving onto acquiring their CNA license.

On March 23, 2016, the CNA students were "pinned" by a loved one during a ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the program.

The partnership was made possible through the Augusta CareerCenter and Mount Saint Joseph's Residence and Rehabilitation in Waterville.

The WorkReady program was made possible by KVCAP and the United Way of Mid-Maine and our two fantastic WorkReady facilitators. 

All seven graduates will start full-time at Mount St. Joseph's in the coming weeks. 

Congratulations again! 


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on March 31, 2016

Boston Flower Show 2016 [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]

Fifty-three of our clients traveled to the Boston Flower Show on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  

The trip was summed up by one student, "It was a great day! The staff did an excellent job! Can't wait to do it again next year!"


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on March 30, 2016

York Welcomes Newest Citizen! [York Adult & Community Education]



(Nanci Arruda proudly displays welcome sign at Citizenship Ceremony.)


Portland, ME – March 18:  In a ceremony welcoming 35 new American citizens, a York resident’s dream came true.  After 16 years of hard work and study,  surrounded by friends, Nanci Arruda became a United States citizen. 

Nanci’s family had lost their business and home in the Brazilian economic crisis of the late 1990s.  At the age of 53, she decided to start over in America.  On March 20, 2000, Nanci arrived in the US.  “In three days, I was already working the late night shift at a factory in Lowell, MA,” Nanci stated proudly.   Nanci has worked hard to provide for herself here in the US and to send money to her struggling family in Brazil. 

In 2003, Nanci moved to York, Maine.  With very little English language skills, Nanci continued working, now two jobs, but recognized she needed to study English and wanted to become a citizen.  Nanci studied at York Adult Education, off and on since 2007, learning English and practicing for the citizenship test.  This past August, Nanci applied for citizenship.  Working one-on-one with a tutor at York Adult Education, Nanci was confident going into the test and interview.  “I am so thankful for Lisa and Marie who helped me with the big application form and studying to pass the test.  My family in Brazil is so proud of me,” said Nanci with a big smile, beaming with pride.  And York’s newest citizen has everything to be proud of.  Congratulations, Nanci!



(Nanci Arruda and Lisa Robertson at York Adult and Community Education excited about Nanci’s citizenship certificate.)



Posted by Lisa Robertson  on March 23, 2016 | Read more in: News

Hall of Flags Celebration [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Adult Education celebration at the Hall of Flags

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Maine Department of Education

Maine’s adult education students were honored at the State House last week. Those in attendance were from among a pool of over 50,000 adults enrolled in academic, workforce and personal enrichment courses and 1,523 received their school credential.

Hall of Flags ceremony 

Adult education students from across the state are celebrated at the Hall of Flags

Jennifer Tantoco 

Among those speaking at the event was Jennifer Tantoco who received her high school completion through Augusta Adult Education. She told the gathering about her experience with the adult ed team, “They gave me the opportunity to make something of myself.” In the fall of 2014, Jen started college at UMA and her GPA today is 3.5.   

Araminta Mayberry graduated from Mechanic Falls Adult Education in 2011 and started college soon after. She told the gathering, “I was nervous about starting college, but I have a goal and that is to work in Human Resources.”

Mustafa Rashid 

Mustafa Rashid holds a civil engineering degree from his school in Iraq, and he told the gathering he equates his experience at Augusta Adult Education, “to that of a child learning how to take its first steps with a helping hand.”

Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley along with State Director of Adult Education Gail Senese applauded the adult learners recognizing their determination and perseverance. Senese said, “Employers are looking to hire skilled workers and adult education has a direct correlation to one’s personal success in the workforce.”

74-year-old Margaret Danese of Old Orchard is not involved in adult education with hopes of securing employment. Rather, she is trying to complete a mission. Margaret dropped out of high school when she lived in Rhode Island as a young teen. She said, “I got discouraged with high school. I gave it up, went back, and gave it up again many times.”  She went on about why she is pursuing her high school credential now, “I just want it for the satisfaction that I did it.” She claimed it may take her another ten years but she is sticking with it this time.



Posted by Helen Emery  on March 14, 2016

Adult Education PSS Course Graduates Five [Houlton/Hodgdon Adult & Community Education]

Otis Smith, Director of RSU 29/70 Houlton Hodgdon Adult Education, and David Keaton, Director of Region Two CTE, are pleased to announce the graduates of the Winter Region Two CTE Personal Support Specialist (PSS) Course.  Successfully completing the course under the instruction of Region Two PSS Instructor Becky Russel, R.N. were Leanne Chamberlain, Meghann Clark, Isabel Marcus, Jenna Merritt, and Avonlea Rackliff.  PSS training is comprised of 50 hours of classroom instruction and prepares individuals to work either in an institutional or home care setting. Adult Education offers several options to assist individuals interested in beginning a career in the Allied Health Care field.  If you are interested in exploring your Allied Health Career Pathway options, please call 521-3100, ext.  3154, to schedule an appointment.   

Pictured from left to right: Isabel Marcus, Becky Russell instructor, Leanne Chamberlain, Avonlea Rackliff, Meghann Clark, and Jenna Merritt.

Pictured from left to right:

Isabel Marcus, Becky Russell –instructor, Leanne Chamberlain, Avonlea Rackliff, Meghann Clark, and Jenna Merritt.


Posted by Bernadette Farrar  on March 11, 2016

RSU 16 and WMCA train students for careers in Manufacturing [RSU16 Adult Education ]

Photo Caption:  Roger Dargie, Owner of Safe Approach, Inc., a manufacturing facility in Poland, recently invited RSU 16 Adult Education students enrolled in Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) Ready2Work Manufacturing Program to tour the plant.  The tour offered an on-site exploration of local manufacturing following their classroom instructions.  Pictured (left to right):  Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill, Roger Dargie, Roland Young, Jamie Dubois, Career Advisor Katie Paiton and James Francis.  Photo courtesy of Dave Barnes.

Mechanic Falls – Five students enrolled at RSU 16 Adult Education in Mechanic Falls, recently participated in a Ready2Work Manufacturing Program. Students Jamie Dubois, James Francis, Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill and Roland Young successfully completed five weeks of intensive classes.  The five-week, 100 hour course was funded by Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), a partner in the CareerCenter system.  The training included an OSHA 10 Certification, computer literacy, and 60 hours of Work Readiness classes.  Students gained the work readiness skills manufacturing employers are seeking. Mock interviews, tours and industry specific presentations were included as part of the curriculum.  “Through this grant WMCA provides services to people in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset Counties,” shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Site Coordinator in Lewiston. “Many of our services are designed for low to moderate income people and dislocated workers.  Some services are available regardless of income.”  FMI visit the Lewiston CareerCenter, 9 Mollison Way, Lewiston or call 753.9000, or toll-free 1.800.741.2991.  Additional information available



Posted by Jenny Rose  on March 11, 2016 | Read more in: Events

RSU 16 Adult Education student speaks at Hall of Flags [RSU16 Adult Education ]

Araminta Mayberry delivering her speech


Maine’s adult education students were honored at the State House on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  Those in attendance were from among a pool of over 50,000 adults enrolled in academic, workforce and personal enrichment courses throughout the State.  The celebration highlighted student successes and provided an opportunity for adult learners to share their experiences.

Araminta Mayberry shared her personal journey through RSU 16 Adult Education as one of three Maine Adult Education students to speak at the event.  Having left school as a youth in the 8th grade, she later graduated with her GED from Mechanic Falls Adult Education in 2002 at age 28.  Returning once more in 2014 after years in the baking industry and the desire for a better career, she took advantage of free Maine College Transitions programming in order to prepare for college.  Now in her second semester as a student at Central Maine Community College, she maintains a 3.81 GPA as she works toward her goal to become a Human Resources Professional.

Acting Education Commissioner William H. Beardsley along with State Director of Adult Education Gail Senese also spoke, applauding the adult learners and recognizing their determination and perseverance.


Maine Adult Education Students at the Hall of Flags on March 3rd.







Posted by Jenny Rose  on March 11, 2016 | Read more in: News and Events