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Archive: April 2018

Sun Journal Profiles Lewiston Adult Education [Lewiston Adult Education]


The Lewiston Sun Journal wrote about Lewiston Adult Education in their Sunday, April 29, edition. Here's the link:


Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 29, 2018 | Read more in: News

Student Gets Accepted in Maine Maritime [Biddeford Adult Education]

Ahmed grew up in Iraq. When the war began, his father, who could speak and read English, was recruited to work with the US military. Later, he was hired by Associated Press and given access to highly sensitive locations and people.  Because of this, Ahmed’s father became a target and was killed.  Ahmed, his mother, and two siblings were on their own in a very hostile place.  Despite being very young, Ahmed became the “head” of the family, and they soon fled to safety in Jordan.

After living in a single room in Jordan for a year, the family’s request to immigrate to the US was denied.  Discouraged, Ahmed and his family returned to Iraq where they were bullied for their desire to get away.  Having only .50 meant to buy his lunch, Ahmed decided to visit an internet café and contact the US government for one last desperate try. It worked!

Since entering the US, Ahmed has been working to improve his English skills and earn an American high school diploma. He will graduate from Biddeford Adult Education in June and has been accepted into Maine Maritime Academy for the Fall of 2018.  The folks at Biddeford Adult Education will be cheering him on every step of the way!!


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on April 13, 2018 | Read more in: News

Spring Super Saturday Keeps Students Busy, From Baskets To Butterflies [Lewiston Adult Education]


Instructor Shanelle Coolidge of United Ambulance, left, lets Krupskaia Nunes practice putting on a bandage during the CPR/First Aid class held on April 7 as part of Lewiston Adult Education's Super Saturday.


Super Saturday students learned how to raise plants that will attract butterflies and the basics of organic gardening during Super Saturday classes on April 7.

The classes at Lewiston High School included one on electric vehicles held in a basement garage to one on yoga and meditation in a carpeted classroom. Bill Hensley, a Lewiston School Department technology support specialist, shared his knowledge of electric cars. Stasia Minkowsky, who teaches meditation at Lewiston Adult Education, showed how to combine meditation and yoga poses.

Bill Hensley, right, talks to students about some of the basics of a Chevrolet Bolt. Hensley is also a technology support specialist for the Lewiston School Department.

Laura Personette, program coordinator of 4H Community Central taught about the kinds of butterflies in the area and what kind of plants will draw them to a person's yard. Students planted seeds of zinnias or butterfly weed in plant pots to help begin a potential butterfly garden at their homes. 

Soil played a part in another classroom on Saturday. BrennaMae Thomas-Googins, a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association who runs Patch Farm in Denmark, told about organic gardening. 

Shanelle Coolidge of United Ambulance taught the day-long CPR/First Aid class to students. In addition to CPR, students learned how to apply bandages and how to use an EpiPen if a person is suffering an allergic reaction. Nancy Callahan held an all-day Henna class about that began with a description of designs before students got to work on designs on their hands.

Martha Chessie taught the other day-long class, Oval Twill Basket, in the Lewiston High School cafeteria. She will return to Lewiston Adult Education on April 25 to show how to make a Berry Picking Basket.

The next Super Saturday classes will be held in October 2018. A class schedule will be listed in the fall brochure for Lewiston Adult Education, which is scheduled to be released in August.


Laura Personette of 4H shows off a package of Butterfly Weed before helping students plant them in pots during her class on Super Saturday.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 9, 2018 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Comedy Students To Hold Finals April 16 [Lewiston Adult Education]


Lewiston Adult Education Standup Comedy Workshop students posed for a picture with their teacher during their final class at Lewiston High School. From left to right, instructor Dawn Hartill, Jacob Israel, Julie Poulin, Dan Marois, Greg Simpson, Leonard Kimble, Kevin Briggs, Adrian Boudreau and Nic Dufault.


Lewiston Adult Education students will put on a live performance later this month featuring the material they wrote as part of a six-week Standup Comedy Workshop.

The show will be held at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café', located at 115 Middle St. in Lewiston, on Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m.  It will be hosted by Maine Event Comedy producer, Mark Turcotte, and is open to the public at no charge.

It is the third annual performance by Lewiston Adult Education students at Guthrie's.

Professional comedian Dawn Hartill taught the class.  

"It was my pleasure to share my experience and help guide the work of these aspiring comedians.They have worked very hard and I am so proud of each and every one of them," she said.

The students, who have careers in a variety of fields including writing, banking, information technology, and actuarial support, have worked with Hartill to develop a solid stand-up comedy routine. They focused on premise, punchlines, and stage presence. 



Posted by Michael Reagan  on April 6, 2018 | Read more in: News

Parent-Teacher Conferences, April Vacation Put Adult Ed Classes On Hold [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education will not have classes on successive Wednesdays and Thursdays because of parent-teacher conferences and April Vacation.

Lewiston High School will hold parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12.

Lewiston Adult Education will still have classes on Tuesday, April 10. 

April vacation will be on the week of April 16.

The regular class schedule will resume after vacation.


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

E.L. Vining & Son partners with Adult Ed/Foster Tech to offer the Heavy Equipment Operator Training course. [Franklin County Adult Education]

This course prepares students for professional construction work right on site at Foster CTE Center. Participants will receive instruction both in the classroom with applied academics and on-field projects. Our adult education staff will assist you in resume’ writing and connecting you with local employers. This course will fill up fast! Call today for more information at 207-778-3460. Course begins April 9th orientation from 12:30 - 3:00pm, Site: ALC, Conference Room, Dates: April 9 - 12 Simulators, April 23 - 26 Heavy Equipment, Cost: $175.00


Posted by M Burd  on April 4, 2018

It's never too late to graduate! Now is the time to work towards your Diploma or HiSET! [Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

Take the step you will never regret!


Adult High School Diploma

Students work towards completing required credits for graduation.

HiSET-High School Equivelency Test(formerly GED)

Students work on demonstrating proficiency in 5 content areas.


Both adult education diploma pathways will prepare you for any work, college or any psot-secondary goals you wish to pursue.


Call our office @ 207-627-4291


email us to see what program would be best for you.

It's Never Too Late To Graduate!


Posted by AE Admin  on April 1, 2018