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Archive: June 2017

Are You Interested In A Career In Information Technology? [Auburn Adult and Community Education]

TechHire is a Program designed to recruit, assess, train and place young adults into Maine's IT industry in positions like computer support specialist, software, and health information.  Completed training will result in credentials recognized by the IT industry.  This grant funded program provides a host of services to train young adults (between the ages of 17 and 29), as well as career changers who are looking to transition into IT roles.*  Eligibility requirements do apply.  This 4 million dollar project is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant awarded to Coastal Counties Wrokforce, inc.  This program/activity is an equal opportunity employer/program.  Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

For more information please contact: (Depending on region)

Northeastern Workfore are (Aroostook, Hancock, Penobsot, Piscataquis, Washington counties): Aleigh Wood,  or 207-561-4042

Central/Western Workforce are (androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Somerset counties): Charles Woodbury,  or 207-753-9082

Costal Counties Workforce are (York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Linocln, Waldo and Knox counties):  Dylan Barnett,  or 207-274-9131

*For those over the age of 29, connect with your local career center to learn what training and employment services are available.


Posted by Earlene Fraser  on June 27, 2017 | Read more in: Events

Outstanding Teacher 2017, Sue Lasselle! [RSU16 Adult Education ]

On June 22, 2017, our teacher Sue Lasselle was awarded an Outstanding Teacher 2017 Award at our Maine Adult Education Conference.  Read her nomination below!

Sue Lasselle

Nomination for Susan Lasselle, MAEA Teacher of the Year Award

A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding. Dwight Eisenhower may have said it, but Sue gives it life.

Sue has taught for our program since 2002.  She has been a teacher in both regular and special education since 1984, however, and she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and patience to the youth and adults she works with in our program. Since the beginning of her teaching career on a Native American Reservation, her philosophy has always been that every student can learn if they feel safe and accepted in the classroom. This belief has been key to her teaching success over the years and has resulted in many changed lives in our community.

Her knowledge of learning and development has been a perfect match for our program’s mission to provide adults of all ages and abilities with continued learning opportunities in a safe, flexible and nurturing environment… Sue has a knack for meeting students where they are at, both academically and socially, and she treats all students as individuals, with a respect that some have not often had the privilege of experiencing.

Instruction is also individualized in our small program, always based on a learner’s personal needs and goals.  Sue’s extensive Special Education background assists her in creating materials and applying different strategies to meet student needs and learning styles. Beginning with the Individual Learning Plan meeting, when presenting personal academic information or feedback which can be tough for some people to hear, she calmly explains factors that can prevent school success and discusses strategies to work through barriers that have gone unrecognized or seemed insurmountable in the past. During these meetings, Sue is sensitive and compassionate as she shares visually as well as verbally, where they are and where they need to be to achieve growth and make academic progress. Students leave feeling positive about the incremental steps they have outlined in the ILP together.  Many come believing messages that they are incapable of success, but Sue instills seeds of hope and confidence, and students quickly learn to respect the guide and advocate they have in her.

Over the last 5 years, Sue has taken a dozen College Math and English classes in order to become certified in all areas of Adult Education, beyond Social Studies.  She has also participated in the Competency Based Teaching and Learning Academy, as well as the CCRS Teacher Trainer Academy.  Through it all, she always learns through the lens of how students can benefit, constantly looking for ways to improve her own practices in order to better serve her students.  When asked to take on yet another initiative, she does so without hestitation – especially where student learning can be positively impacted.  Sue is also mindful of budgeting and fiscal responsibility and uses resources wisely and creatively.  She is more than an asset to our program, she is the glue!

Thank you Sue!  And Congratulations!




Posted by Jenny Rose  on June 22, 2017 | Read more in: News

Skowhegan Job Fair [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on June 21, 2017

Augusta Job Fair [Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education]


Posted by Shelley McGowan  on June 21, 2017

Lewiston Adult Education Honors Graduates [Lewiston Adult Education]

Guest speaker Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, speaks at Lewiston Adult Education graduation on June 13.


Lewiston Adult Education students who persevered to get their high school certification made it through summer heat in the Lewiston High School gymnasium to hear cheers and applause Tuesday night.

The group of 30 students received their high school equivalency by successfully taking the HiSET exam though Lewiston Adult Education. The HiSET has replaced the GED in Maine and the students received lessons and academic support to prepare.

Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, was the guest speaker.  She told of her journey to the United States and talked about how to tackle future challenges, which included the importance of being courageous, never losing hope and giving back.

“Together we can build a better tomorrow,” she said.

Christelle Kasongowas the student speaker. The native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo told about some of her lessons in learning American English, especially when it came to accents.

Kasongo is fluent in six languages, including French, English, Swahili, Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo. Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo are spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while Swahili is used in eastern and southern African countries.

She took time in her speech to praise Adult Learning Center Coordinator Laurieanne Champagne and instructor Don Roux for their help.

“It’s women and men like Laurie and Don in adult education who show why being a teacher is such a noble job,” Kasongo said.

Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster spoke at the end of graduation and was the first to recognize the assembled students as graduates.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 15, 2017 | Read more in: News

Congrats to our 2017 Graduates! [Oak Hill Adult and Community Education]


Posted by Kelli Gilzow  on June 13, 2017

Spring 2017 CNA Pinning Ceremony [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

Our Spring 2017 Certified Nursing Assistant class will be having their pinning ceremony on June 15, 2017 @ 7 PM at the Crooked River School. This celebration marks the completion of the coursework and clinical experience required to prepare for their state exam. These students also received additional coursework that qualified them to earn the State of Maine WorkReady credential- an acknowledgement that they have demonstrated high standards of work-readiness skills.

We are so proud of all of the hard work and dedication these ladies! Congratulations to all of our hardworking CNA students! 


Posted by AE Admin  on June 6, 2017

Spring 2017 Adult Education Graduation [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

This is the time of year we all look forward to in the field of education: GRADUATION! We are lucky in the adult education world-we get to do two a year! Our spring graduation will be held on June 15th @ 6:00 PM at the Crooked River School. Our graduates wil receive their diplomas and their friends and families will come to witness the event and help them celebrate and acknowledge their acheivements. We know how hard our students work to complete their education. Adult students are juggling family, work and all of life's responsibilities. They still manage to find the time to work with our staff to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to receive their adult high school disploma or the HiSET high school equivelency diploma. we are so proud of them for their hard work and acheivements!

Congratulations To ALL of our hardworking graduates!




Posted by AE Admin  on June 6, 2017

Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set For June 13 [Lewiston Adult Education]


Lewiston Adult Education will hold its graduation on Tues., June 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Fatuma Hussein of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Christelle Kasongo is the student speaker.

Family, friends and members of the community are welcome to attend.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 5, 2017 | Read more in: News

Class of 2017 Graduation [RSU16 Adult Education ]


Twelve RSU 16 Adult Education students were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2017 for meeting High School completion goals.  Close to ninety friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium, as eight of the graduates marched single file to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by pianist, Lindsay Cook.

            Superintendent Tina Meserve delivered the inspirational message on the Value of Dreams, saying “the proper measure of success is not how much you’ve closed the distance to some far-off goal but the quality of what you’ve done today”.  She encouraged graduates not to dismiss the power of dreams, using Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor as an example of accomplishment.

Several graduates were recognized with specific awards. The RSU 16 Adult Education Association scholarship was awarded to Kayla Olson by Advisor Katie Paiton and Association member, Pat Demers.  The Central Maine Community College Courage to Grow scholarship was awarded to Randi Carr by CMCC Academic Advisor, Rebecca Buck; Teacher Susan Lasselle also presented an award to Mekayla Farley for Overcoming Obstacles.

            Before receiving their diplomas from Superintendent 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 surround themselves with supportive people and to make choices that won’t distract them from making progress toward future goals.

The 2017 graduates are: Eric S. Burlock, Brittney A. Burnham, Randi R. Carr, Samuel J. Cook, Thomas M. Cunneen, Tatyania E. Drake, Peter A. Dumond, Mekayla T. Farley, Benjamin K. Kennagh, Shawn K. LeClair, Tyler M. Moulton, Kayla M. Olson.


Posted by Jenny Rose  on June 5, 2017 | Read more in: News and Events