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Archive: January 2017



Basic Excel - 6-week course designed for those with no previous experience with spreadsheets. Learn the basic functions and operations along with the toolbars and basic menu commands. Upon completion, students will be able to create and save workbooks, apply cell functions to spreadsheets and perform basic printing.  Students should be familiar with using personal computers, mouse and keyboard. You should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on the computer. Specifically, you should be able to find documents on your computer and manage files and folders. To ensure your success, we recommend you first take our Very Basic Computers series. Instructor: Regina Savage; Dates: Mondays from March 6 - April 10; Time: 6:00 - 8:00; Site: Mt Blue Campus, Room E106; Fee:$60

Grow Better Onions this Year!
In this class, we'll learn the choices to make to ensure success in your onion patch from choosing a variety to deciding whether to go with seed, bulb or seedling to plant. You can grow great onions! Instructor: David Fuller; Date: April 10;  Time:  6:00 - 8:00pm; Site: ALC; Fee: $5.00


Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 26, 2017 | Read more in: News and Events

Ellsworth Adult Ed Weather/Emergency Cancellations Protocols and Procedures [Ellsworth Adult Education]


Weather/Emergency Cancellations Protocols and Procedures:

Ellsworth Adult Education staff and faculty want to ensure that all students remain safe in inclement weather. We wish we could contact each and every one of you when our classes, meetings and appointments are cancelled, but recognize this isn't always realistic.

I've answered a brief Q & A below...hopefully it will address most questions...if not feel free to email and/or call 207.664.7110 for more information.

--Annie Sargent, Adult Education Director, Ellsworth School District


When are Ellsworth Adult Education classes, meetings and appointments are cancelled?  

Since Ellsworth Adult Education is a department of Ellsworth School District our closures match the closures of Ellsworth Schools.

  1. If Ellsworth schools are cancelled for the day because of weather, adult education daytime and evening classes are also cancelled.
  2. If Ellsworth schools have early dismissal, then all adult education classes starting at 12 noon or later are cancelled.
  3. If Ellsworth schools after-school activities are cancelled, all adult education classes starting at 2:30pm or later are cancelled.
  4. If the weather forecast suggests deterioration of conditions during evening hours, then classes starting at 4pm or later will be cancelled.  This decision is made by 2pm.

How can you find out that classes, meetings and appointments are cancelled?

  1. Check the Ellsworth School District website;
  2. Check the Ellsworth Adult Education website;
  3. Check the Ellsworth Adult Education Facebook page;
  4. Look for announcements on WLBZ TV 2 and WABI TV 5 TV  stations;
  5. Subscribe to the WLBZ text alert service.  Local TV stations are now offering text alert services for late-breaking news, severe weather and school closings.   If you sign up for the text alerts, you will find out immediately that schools are closed. Sign-up is fast and easy.  For WLBZ go to:  There are other options, too!
  6. Call Ellsworth Adult Education at 664.7110.  If you try a couple of times and no one answers after 9am, then it's likely that we are closed and our classes are cancelled.  Our director can check messages left on the general mailbox and can sometimes return your call remotely. 

When will 'make up' classes be held?

A make-up date is included in the catalog description of each Ellsworth Adult Education enrichment class.   If additional make-up dates are required, the dates will be announced at the next class meeting.  

If you have questions about the protocols and procedures, don't hesitate to contact us at or 207.664.7110.



Posted by Annie Sargent  on January 24, 2017

Opportunities to Earn Occupational Certificates in Healthcare [Valley Unified Continuing Education]



Posted by Heidi Michaud  on January 23, 2017

ACA/MaineCare Presentation [Region 9 Adult Education]

Come join us for an informative night on Health Care.

Tuesday, January 24th from 6 to 8pm

Region 9 Adult Education

377 River Rd.

Mexico, ME 04257

Ashley McCarthy, a Health Navigator Program Coordinator with Western Maine Community Action, will be at Region 9 Adult Education on Tuesday, January 24th, from 6pm to 8pm to meet with community members and provide them with free help applying for Health Insurance on the Marketplace and to discuss their options. The presentation covers information about the Affordable Health Care Act, Marketplace Insurance, and information for free assistance with applications and plan selection. They also have a program that assists families with children apply for MaineCare.

For questions regarding this, please call 207-860-4457, EXT 5227


Posted by Caroline Mitchell  on January 17, 2017

RSU 16 Adult Education named 'Top Performer'! [RSU16 Adult Education ]

The State Adult Education office recently published a list of ‘FY16 Top Performers’ based on three specific criteria for approximately 75 Maine Adult Education Programs. RSU 16 was recognized in all three categories as:

  • 1 of 20 programs to exceed State benchmarks in both Completions AND Post-Test percentages. Not only are we successful in capturing post-test assessments, we are also successful in moving students from one educational functioning level to the next or higher.
  • 1 of 13 programs in the State to meet the above benchmarks as well as meeting or exceeding State averages for academic intensity of instruction, which refers to student attendance hours.

Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 16, 2017 | Read more in: News

Class of 2016 Graduation [RSU16 Adult Education ]

Twenty-seven RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 3rd, for meeting High School completion goals.  Nearly 150 friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by pianist, Sherilyn Foster.

Graduate Janelle Kogut delivered the inspirational message, sharing her personal journey through shyness and messages of self-doubt to pride and confidence in what she has accomplished. She shared her thoughts on finding success through alternatives and ended with the quote by an unknown author, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

Several graduates were recognized with specific awards:  Tutor, Terryl Jensen together with Patricia Demers awarded the RSU 16 Adult & Community Education Association scholarship to Emily Wardwell.  The Central Maine Community College Courage to Grow scholarship was awarded to Melinda Straight by College Transitions Instructor Amy Hatch and CMCC Academic Advisor Bobbi Burke; Teacher Susan Lasselle and Career Advisor Katie Paiton also presented awards to Beverly Morin for Perseverance, and Meghan Green for Overcoming Obstacles.

            Before receiving their diplomas from Superintendent Tina Meserve, graduates personally thanked family, friends, and educators who supported them in their educational journey by presenting them with a red rose.  In closing, Director Jenny Rose encouraged graduates to spend time thinking about what comes next in terms of goals, action steps and making progress toward them.

The 2016 graduates are: Christopher J. Foster, Zeb S. French, Joshua K. Gammon, Meghan R. Green, Edward R. Heath III, Joshua A. Knight, Janelle K. Kogut, Tyler R. Labonte, Taylor D. Landry, Kevin W. McBean, Dylan J. Messer, Alana L. Michaud, Brandon C. Mitchell, Keith A. Mitchell, Jayla Monaghan, Beverly J. Morin, Melanie M. Oviedo, Joseph B. Pelletier, Cody A. Russell, Allen R. Smith, Melinda A. Straight, Kendall R. Timberlake-Golding, Emily L. Wardwell, John P. Wardwell, Jacob D. Woodward, Anonymous (2)


Posted by Jenny Rose  on January 16, 2017 | Read more in: News and Events

Looking for a New Career [Valley Unified Continuing Education]


Posted by Heidi Michaud  on January 11, 2017

ACAP [Eastern Aroostook Adult and Community Education]



Posted by Dan MacDonald  on January 6, 2017 | Read more in: News

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - Continue Learning through Mt. Blue Adult & Community Ed [Franklin County Adult Education]

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to continue your education?  Whether "continue" means obtaining your high school diploma, preparing for a college or technical career, or even learning a new skill, Mt. Blue Adult and Community Education has something for you!  Call and pre-register for Orientation which will be held on January 26 from 9-3.  We will ask you to come in prior to that day to complete paperwork and do some placement testing in a quieter setting.  Then Orientation Day will be an informative and fun day...a time to meet other students, meet the staff and tour the facility, and meet with the instructors to set up classes.  Lunch will be available for all attendees.  The staff is looking forward to meeting you, so call today at 778-3460!

If you are interested in learning a new skill through our enrichment classes and are anxiously awaiting the Community Ed Course Catalog, it should be available in your mailbox and on line ( by the first week of February.  Those classes will begin after school vacation, or February 27.

Make 2017 something for yourself!



Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 5, 2017 | Read more in: News and Events

2017 Catalog is in the mail! [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

Look in your mailbox and around town for our Winter-Spring 2017 Course Catalog or download it here!

You can sign up for many of our courses online.  

Academic courses can be registered for in person by appointment in Bridgton, Casco, Fryeburg, Lovell, and other locations in MSAD 61 & 72.  Stop by our main office at Crooked River School in Casco or call 207-627-4291 for more information.


Posted by AE Admin  on January 3, 2017