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Greater Franklin County: Local Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning employers are looking for employees, especially those with an interest and knowledge of the business. An introductory class is being offered this spring to educate job seekers about this well paying field and the skill sets necessary to be successful as an HVAC technician. 

Franklin County Adult Education and Spruce Mountain Adult  and Community Education are excited to be offering this opportunity to the community. If you have an interest in this growing field, come to HVAC orientation on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:00 - 7:30 at the Adult Education Conference Room at the Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington. The orientation will give an overview of HVAC basics, employment opportunities available, and what the future of this business looks like. You can sign up for the class at this time.
Andrew Bracy, an experienced service technician at Valley Gas and Oil in Kingfield, will lead this class and provide hands-on experience for each student. This is a multi-faceted and ever-changing field, with new advances in heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy and natural gas.
“The field is always evolving. If technology interests you, there is a number of new ways to get involved and always be challenged,” said Bracy. 
Currently, there are not enough HVAC technicians to meet the needs of the industry. With the high demand for employees comes higher wages, an opportunity for advancement, and a chance to start a life-long career. 
This multi-week course will run from the March 28th orientation through May 30th each Monday and Wednesday from 5-7:30 pm, and will be held at the Mt. Blue Campus. 
Subject matter will include the introduction of multiple systems, worker safety, and industry terminology. Students will also be required to job shadow with a local employer. Funding sources are available for students that are eligible. If you are interested in attending the orientation, contact your local adult education program: Mt. Blue at 778-3460, Spruce Mountain at 897-6406. 


Posted by M Burd  on March 22, 2018

Team Building Workshop [Valley Unified Continuing Education]



Posted by Heidi Michaud  on March 15, 2018

Bonneau shares history lesson to encourage Lewiston Adult Ed students [Lewiston Adult Education]


Adult Basic Education students posed for a picture with Doris Bonneau after her class about Franco-American history. Front Row ~ Alexander Wilson, Doris Bonneau, Edmundo Kipo.Back Row ~ Mohamoud Abdillahi, Evandro John, Yussuf Mahamud,  Julio Catumbela, Hana Omar, Iqbal Jashaami.

A history lesson about Franco-American immigrants turned into a discussion about working hard and meeting new challenges at the B Street Community Center.        Doris Bonneau told Adult Basic Education English class students of the routes immigrants from Quebec took to the northeastern United States, the 10-hour shifts they had in mills and the prejudices they faced throughout Maine. ABE classes help students to prepare for post-secondary schools such as universities and community colleges.

Bonneau, a retired English teacher and former assistant school superintendent, asked students in the March 6 class to consider the similarities and differences between immigrants to Lewiston today and in the past. A student said he thought Lewiston had more tolerance than years ago.

“That made my heart feel good,” Bonneau said after the class. “I really think we are working hard in this community to assure that there is a certain level of tolerance.”

The pictures she showed of the Lewiston area illustrated how much Franco-Americans built and how they became well-known parts of the city. The structures included the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as well as F.X. Marcotte Furniture.

Bonneau encouraged students to consider ways of furthering their education and remembered how she got her father’s support to attend the University of Maine at Orono.

“I think that is what America is all about. America is about opportunity. People who are ready to work hard,” she said after her presentation.

Bonneau told the students how special and important they were and hoped they go further their education and achieve their hopes and dreams.

College Transitions and Adult Basic Education instructor Amy Hatch said many of her students are immigrants and thought they could benefit from finding out they are not alone in their experiences and not the first to arrive in Lewiston from another country.

“The moment I met Doris I knew she had to meet my students and tell them all about the first immigrants that came to Lewiston, Maine, the French Canadians.  She is such a wonderful speaker and her connections with the Gendron Franco Center show my students how those first immigrants made their way through and persevered,” Hatch said.

Bonneau serves as volunteer chair of the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College and a is volunteer and performer at the Franco Center as a member of the Maine Music Society.

Her presentation was the last part of a local history unit taught by Hatch at the community center. The center is located at 57 Birch St. in Lewiston.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 12, 2018 | Read more in: News

RSU/MSAD #44 Adult & Community Education [RSU/MSAD#44 Adult and Community Education]


From High School completion through College Transitions to the University of Maine, our Continuing Education department can guide the adult student through the process. 

This year, we are celebrating twenty-five years as a University of Maine Interactive Television (ITV) site.


  • Search for courses: You can now search for courses from our program as well as from other adult education programs across the state. You can also browse our courses by category if you prefer.
  • Latest news and events: Read our latest news, updates, happenings and events inside our News & Events section. You can also subscribe to our News & Events using RSS.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to important questions about our program, schedules, registering, and the adult education system by searching or browsing our frequently asked questions section.

Our website is a part of the Maine Adult Education Portal, sponsored and managed by the Maine Adult Education Association. When you visit the MAEA website online at, you can search for courses and programs statewide to find the perfect class closest to where you work or live.

These are just a few of the many exciting additions to our site. Please continue to check back with us, and please share your feedback by contacting us. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy your adult education website.


Posted by Karen Paul  on March 9, 2018 | Read more in: NEWS

Got Spring Fever? Feeling Shack-Happy? Take a gander at some courses we've highlighted just for you!!! [Franklin County Adult Education]

Build Your Own 3-D Printer:
Saturday  Instructor: Richard W. Wilde Participants will build their own 3-D printer and be instructed on the proper use and procedures. The 3-D printer being built is based on the open source PRUSA model with improvements to make it more user friendly and efficient. Participants will also receive 1KG of PLA printing filament.  8am-4pm  |  | Feb 17 Location: MBC Fee: $400

Pets & Essential Oils 
Thursday Instructor: Joanna Wilhelm Have you been hearing about essential oils being used for wellness and wondered whether they can also be used for your dogs, cats, or horses? Or have you heard mixed information on this topic and wondered what’s what? Learn about essential oils, the different qualities, how they’re made, and all the ways they can be used to help our 4-legged furries. From helping calm anxiety to homemade repellents for them, we’ll cover it all. You’ll get to make a pest repellent spray to take home and as an extra bonus, some all-natural cleaner for around the house and some additional easypeasy, pet-friendly and pet-useful recipes!  6:30-8:30pm  |  Mar 15  |  Location: Mt. Blue Adult Ed Conference Room Fee: $20

6-9pm Instructor: Ruth Stevens Would you like to learn how to weld in a hands-on, low pressure environment? This class is for the beginner who has never welded before, as well as for a seasoned welder that needs a refresher. We will focus on stick and MIG welding with the option to learn some TIG welding. Please wear appropriate footwear. Wednesdays |  Feb 28-April 25  |  Location: MBHS E-Wing Fee: $200

Making Biscuits & Scones Made Easy From Scratch
 Instructor: Therese Pinette You will be learning to make biscuits and delicious scones from scratch with samples to bring home. Bring an apron to join us at Law Mountain Wreaths N’ Bakery. Please register by calling the instructor Therese Pinette at 207-751-7699 Thursday .  5:30-8:30pm  |  Mar 15  | 

Making Pie Crust & Turnovers Made Easy From Scratch 
Instructor: Therese Pinette You will learn how to roll out pie crust from scratch and make a 6” pie and turnovers to bring home. Bring an apron to join us at Law Mountain Wreaths N’ Bakery. Please register by calling the instructor Therese Pinette at 207-751-7699 Thursday .  5:30-8:30pm  |  | Mar 8 Location: 218 Pond Road, Wilton Fee: $20, $10 material fee

Mile High Muffins Made Easy From Scratch
Instructor: Therese Pinette You will be learning how to make wonderful berry muffins from scratch with samples to bring home. Bring an apron and join us at Law Mountain Wreaths N’ Bakery. Please register by calling the instructor Therese Pinette at 207-751-7699 Thursday .  5:30-8:30pm  |  Mar 22  |  Location: 218 Pond Road, Wilton Fee: $20, $10 material fee

Thursday Bridge Instructor: Eddie Yuen Improve your bridge play with fun and friendship. This class uses the duplicate format to help you find features for bidding and play that work well- and those that don’t. Those unfamiliar with duplicate play will receive instruction at the table and will feel like “pros” in minutes. This not an ACBL sanctioned game. Bring a friend for a fun card playing afternoon and make some new friends!  1-4pm  |  Mar 15-June 14  | Location: ALC  Fee: $1 per class

Tai Chi - Yang Style 
5:30-6:30pm Instructor: Eddie Yuen This class involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that were originally designed for self-defense and to promote inner peace and calmness. The movements use internal energy too subtle for most people to observe, reflected in the notion that “four ounces can deflect a thousand pounds.” Wednesdays |  Mar 14-Apr 25  | Location: MBMS Cafe Fee: $45

In 2015, Maine replaced the GED with new HiSET® which covers the same content areas as the GED and allows test takers to demonstrate proficiency in the academic skills expected by employers and post-secondary institutions. All of the local adult education programs formerly administering the GED are administering the computer based of the HiSET®. All at no cost to Maine residents. Accommodations are available for individuals with a documented disability. Interested in evening classes for HiSET support? Call our office and let them know.Odysseyware 
Through the use of the Odysseyware® platform, educators and students have access to more than 300 standards-aligned courses and instructional materials in core subjects, enriching electives, CTE courses, and college and career readiness test prep. For more information please contact Franklin County Adult Education at 207-778-3460

Mike’s Café 
Thursday Instructor: Mike Burd We have an ala-carte selection of topics designed to keep you meaningfully engaged in relevant activities between your academic pursuits. Topics include, but are not limited to: Career Exploration, Financial Literacy, Technology Basics, Work Readiness, Resume Writing, Civic Awareness, E-Portfolio, Life Skills, Linked-In and more!  1-3pm  | | Ongoing Location: ALC

Google Photos
Thursday  Instructor: Mike Burd With your Google account we will explore this exciting app and learn how to backup ALL of your photos to one place in the cloud; at no cost to you! We will also explore easy yet powerful editing tools that will include Light, Color, Rotate/Resize/Cropping and some special filters. We’ll also look at cloud sharing and organizational possibilities. Never lose a picture or send an email attachment again!  9-11am  |  Mar 29  |  Apr 5  and/or  Location: ALC

Introduction to QuickBooks 
Tuesday Instructor: Bonita Lehigh You will learn the tools needed to operate your business effectively with QuickBooks. During this class you will learn how to: Setup your company file, Create an effective chart of accounts, Process invoices and payments, Reconcile your accounts, Create critical reports like a pro as well as a Loss and Balance Sheet, How to utilize Item and Sales reporting for data and gauging, Create customer and vendor databases, Perform short cuts and create reports that apply to your individual business need, and How to best structure your company based upon the individual’s operations. Time will be allotted during each class to answer individual questions and to address solutions to problems possibly encountered. You can buy the book or use it in the class.  5-9pm  |  March 13 - March 20  |  Location: Mt. Blue Campus Fee: $65

Certified Medical Technician Program CNA-MED-TECH Course 
4-9pm Instructor: TBA State Approved Certified Medical Technician Program. Includes: 60 hours classroom, 20 hours classroom/ lab, and 40 hours clinical training. This is a 120 hour course preparing CNAs working in nursing homes to administer medications under the supervision of an RN ( is 40 hours piece should be scheduled at the facility, by the facility, and a schedule provided to the instructor.) PREREQUISITE: CNA license + 2080 hours as a CNA. Call the Adult Ed Office at 778-3460 for an application and detailed registration requirements. Mondays & Thursdays |  |TBA Location: TBA Fee: $1000
Location: 218 Pond Road, Wilton Fee: $20, $10 material fee


Posted by M Burd  on March 9, 2018 | Read more in: News

3/7/18 All Evening Classes Cancelled [Franklin County Adult Education]

bring on the snow!!! :)


Posted by M Burd  on March 7, 2018 | Read more in: News

Spring Super Saturday To Emphasize Green Topics At Lewiston Adult Education [Lewiston Adult Education]

Bill Hensley shows how his Nissan Leaf gets recharged in advance of his upcoming Electric Car class during Lewiston Adult Education’s Spring Super Saturday on April 7.

Spring Super Saturday will have an environmental focus at Lewiston Adult Education next month.

Returning favorites shall appear alongside classes on Electric Cars, Organic Gardening and Butterflies on April 7 at Lewiston High School. A 4-H instructor will teach the Butterflies class, which is open to parents and children, and a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will explain the basics of Organic Gardening. Bill Hensley will pop the hood of a Nissan Leaf during his lesson on Electric Cars.

Hensley, who works as a technology support specialist for Lewiston Public Schools, has a YouTube Channel featuring videos about what he has learned driving a Leaf. In addition to showing how an electric car works, Hensley will talk about topics including recharging stations and how renewable energy is contributing more to the American electrical supply. His YouTube channel is:

Other classes with openings include CPR, First Aid & AED, Yoga and Meditation as well as Henna. Yoga and Meditation is a half-day class while CPR and Henna will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Super Saturday or other classes, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or go to their website,


Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 5, 2018 | Read more in: News

Firefighters and Paramedics Show ELL Students What Happens When You Call 911 [Biddeford Adult Education]

Thank you to the Biddeford Fire and Rescue Department for taking time out of their day to explain 911 to our foreign students.  Deputy Chief Kevin Duross explained how 911 works and what it is used for. He further explained what would happen when fire/rescue would show up at your house. This was extremely helpful for our foreign students to know what would happen in case of an emergency. Chaplain Kevin Jacques was also there to let people know that he might be show up when the department is called, to help with support for those not needing medical attention.  Steve Szostek, Firefighter/Paramedic and Derek Hayes, Firefighter/Paramedic were on hand with the ambulance to show the students different equipment they might have to use. They also showed the students the inside of the ambulance and equipment that they might use in there as well.



Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on March 1, 2018 | Read more in: News and Newsletters