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Archive: October 2018

SCAE Spotlight on Jose Rodriguez [Sanford Community Adult Education]

SCAE Spotlight:  Jose Rodriguez

Talk about right brain and left brain integration! This month’s SCAE  Spotlight subject, computer instructor Jose Rodriguez Jr.,  is adept at teaching the fine points of computer technology and applications – and he also spends hours in the more abstract realm of making art.

Jose started teaching computer classes for SCAE in August 2017. He teaches  Computer Literacy, Computer Applications and Advanced Computer Applications. (He will also be teaching the College & Career Skills course this winter term.)

Before he started working for SCAE, Jose was a teaching assistant at Maine College of Art in Portland, where he earned a Master’s of Fine Art in Studio Art in 2017. Jose earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in marketing and graphic design, from California State University in 2012. He then started his career as a freelance graphic designer for clients in New York City and Los Angeles. At first, his clients were mostly from the corporate world. “A few years into that, I shifted the focus of my graphic freelance services towards more non-profit work,” Jose says. He quickly landed a position as a lead graphic designer at a major non-profit in L.A. “This was probably the height of my career as a graphic designer,” he says. “After two-plus years in that position, I decided to get my master’s. That’s how I got to Maine.”

Jose, whose grandparents’ fled Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s regime in the 1960s, is a native of northern New Jersey. He currently lives in Sanford, and he calls Maine his “second home.”

Jose says his work at SCAE has been gratifying on several levels. “Teaching at SCAE has given me the opportunity to work with adult learners from all walks of life. It has been an absolute joy helping the younger and older and ‘in-between-ers’ transition toward their professional goals.”

Working for SCAE has also led Jose to embark on yet another educational goal. “Currently, I am also enrolled as a grad student at USM, in their Master of Science program in Adult & Higher Education Administration,” he says. His expected graduation date is December 2019.

Meanwhile, Jose is also a practicing artist who works mostly in “….non-traditional sculpture, installations/graphic art realms,” he says. He is looking forward to participating in two fine art shows that will be sponsored by SCAE in the spring. As Jose says, “Stay tuned!” SCAE feels lucky to have such a multi-faceted staff member. Stay tuned, indeed!


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 31, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Adult Education Announces New Hires [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Caption: Elizabeth DiLalla, English Language Learner instructor

Caption: Caitlin Clark, Academic Coordinator and Brenda Hio-Hamdan, English Instructor

The RSU13 Adult Education program is pleased to announce three new hires. Caitlin Clark will be serving as Academic Coordinator, offering college and career advising to all adult education students and tutoring students in the Learning Center who are pursuing their high school credentials. Caitlin’s background is in college access and success, and she is excited to work one on one with students to determine their next steps and achieve their goals. Brenda Hio-Hamdan is a certified English teacher, who joins the Adult Ed team from Brockton, Massachusetts. Brenda will be offering Language Arts and Writing assistance to students on Wednesday evenings from 4-7pm.  Elizabeth DiLalla, an experienced tutor and teacher of English Language Learners, has been hired to run Adult Education’s ELL class twice a week. Elizabeth has supported New Mainers in the midcoast for several years.  Caitlin, Brenda and Elizabeth join Peg Junge, certified Math instructor and Cathy VanDyke, career pathways and business computing specialist, to offer a full range of instruction to students. The Learning Center schedule can be found on the Adult Ed website:

Adult Education services are available to anyone in the community who wishes to complete a high school credential or who has a goal of enrolling in a post-secondary college or certificate program in the next 18 months. The English Language Learners class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. RSU13 Adult Education is housed at 28 Lincoln Street in Rockland, also referred to as McLain School, and has classrooms and offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Please call the Main Office at 594-9764 to learn more or schedule an intake appointment.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 31, 2018

NEW OFFERING: ServSafe® Manager Certification [Sanford Community Adult Education]

ServSafe® Manager Certification

Now being offered at Sanford Community Adult Education

In partnership with On Focus Solutions (Ken Bakos Instructor)


Comprehensive ServSafe® Training and Exam (Includes Textbook and Answer Sheet):

  • Eight hour Classroom Instruction
  • Diagnostic Test Review
  • Proctored Exam with Answer Sheet
  • Practice Exam

*PLEASE NOTE: Reading this textbook before attending the course is key to your success on the exam.  Limited Enrollment - Register Now  at:

Next sessions are scheduled for Thursday 3/21 from 9-4 and again Tuesday 5/28 from 9-4.  Price: $155.95


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 29, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Adult Education Instructors Learning Together [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]


Caption:  Hub 7 members participate in a “fishbowl” gathering ideas and strategies.

Caption: Hub 7 members get to know each other at their first Professional Learning Community meeting.

RSU13 Adult Ed has joined together with Adult Ed programs across the midcoast region to create a Hub. This new model is being adopted by the state to encourage programs to apply for grants together, share resources and expertise, and to create Professional Learning Communities for instructors. Members of Hub 7 include Adult Ed programs from  RSU 3 (Mount View),  Belfast, 5 Towns Regional School District, RSU 13, Region 8 Mid Coast School of Technology, MSAD 40 (Waldoboro), Central Lincoln County, RSU 1 (Wiscasset), Merrymeeting (Topsham) and RSU 12 (Sheepscott Valley).

Instructors from Hub 7 recently met for their first Professional Learning Community meeting at Medomak Valley High School. Instructors ate dinner together and shared challenges and instructional strategies. Instructors will continue to meet regularly using online tools such as Zoom, to continue this collaboration.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 29, 2018

Congratulations Summer 2018 CNA's! [Eastern Aroostook Adult and Community Education]


Posted by Courtney Miller  on October 18, 2018

Loads of exciting classes starting soon!! [Franklin County Adult Education]


Instructor: Robert Harvey

This class will address the following areas: When you are eligible for Medicare benefits, the timeline to enroll for Medicare benefits without penalties, what Original Medicare covers and doesn’t cover, what additional plans are available that work in conjunction with Original Medicare, briefly go over the financial assistance options.

   Wednesday|6:30-7:30pm | November 14,   ,  Location: ALC|(min 2 max 40 students)    Fee:$20




Instructor: Karen Shumac

   Over the course of 2 sessions, we will transform common kitchen ingredients into beautiful handcrafted soap.    On the first night, we will briefly discuss the science of soap making, safety tips, tools and ingredients.    Then using a basic recipe we will combine vegetable oils and goat milk into a simple but luxurious soap the likes of which you will not find on the grocery store shelp.    On the second night we will expand our repertoire by adding the color, scent and/or exfoliant of your choice.   Each participant will go home with several bars of soap. 

  Tuesdays| 6-9pm| Oct 23 - Oct 30

Location: ALC,     (Min 4Max 10 students) Fee: $30 Material Fee:$5




Instructor: Jen Maddox

This course offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. This five-hour course will include discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. A certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor teaches the course. The course format engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion participation. Those completing the course will receive a three point credit on their driving record.**Please include your driver’s license number and date of birth when registering**

Tues & Thurs | 6:00-8:30pm| Oct 30 - Nov 1

Location: MBMS Room 3, Fee: $40, age 65 & older $25




Instructor: Carroll Ware

This course will completely prepare you for becoming a registered Maine Guide in Hunting and Fishing or Recreation.

Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun| 8-4pm|Nov 29, 30, Dec 1, 2

Location: ALC, Cost: $450




Instructor: Carol Pillsbury

  A certified first responder (Also called an Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency First Responder, Medical First Responder, or First Responder) is a person who has completed a course and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. Certified individuals should have received much more instruction than someone who is trained in basic first aid andCPR but they are not necessarily a substitute for more advanced emergency medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

Class will be offered in February 2019



 Instructor: Carol Pillsbury

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program provides students with necessary skills to respond to emergency calls, to provide efficient and immediate care to critically injured persons, and to transport patients to a medical facility. Students receive instruction in anatomy and physiology and patient assessment. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the National Registry Exam for Emergency Medical Technicians. The course includes a 12-hour clinical rotation in an emergency department and a 12-hour ride-along with an ambulance service. An interview is required as part of the admission to the program.

Class will be offered in the Spring 2019, Cost: $1300


Posted by M Burd  on October 18, 2018

Spotlight: 2ND ANNUAL STUDENT WORKSHOP DAYS-ANOTHER SUCCESS! [Sanford Community Adult Education]

SCAE Holds Workshop Days for Students and the Community!

October 2nd and 3rd, 2018, were very different than the usual class days at Sanford Community Adult Education. All daytime and night classes were transformed into workshops about colleges, employment, local social service agencies, self-care, and supporting family and friends with substance abuse disorders. Students, their families and friends, and other community members who attended chose between several options for each time block.

Presenters included representatives from York County Community College, University of Maine Augusta, University of Southern Maine, Sanford Institution for Savings, Goodwill Workforce Solutions, York County Community Action, and Strategies for a Stronger Sanford. Teachers and staff at SCAE also presented workshops on such diverse topics as job hunting tips, transitioning to college from adult education, managing your money, understanding math in the news, communication without technology, self-care-yoga, and a history of Sanford.

Particularly well-attended were two workshops called, “Supporting Family and Friends with Substance Abuse Disorders”, facilitated by Lynn Hatch of Strategies for a Stronger Sanford.

Another highlight was a panel of “Successful Former Adult Ed Students, which included Laura Miller, an R.N. who attended SCAE over 10 years ago; Jessica Rogers, who attended five years ago and is now a trainer for a medical records company; and Nathan Darigan, who graduated in June 2018 and is now attending SMCC in South Portland. These former students shared their stories of struggle and success.

Allen Lampert, Director at Sanford Community Adult Education commented. “This is our second year providing this service to the community. We are proud to be able to offer these workshops to our students and the community at-large, and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Students arrived to coffee, breakfast pastries, and fruit. They were also provided with lunch and snacks throughout the day.  There was ample break time between the sessions for participants to talk further with workshop presenters or each other.  This was the second annual Student Workshop Days, and next year’s event is being planned.


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 17, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

DRIVER'S ED SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER AT OHHS! [Oak Hill Adult and Community Education]

For students at least 15 years of age who wish to take a dirver'[s ed course, Roy's Driver & Rider Education's next class begins November 5, 2018. Any student wishing to enroll will need to pick up a registration form in the front office at Oak Hill High School.


Posted by Deb Whitaker  on October 11, 2018

New Staff at Five Town CSD Adult Ed [Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education]

New Staff


Posted by Elyse Socker  on October 10, 2018 | Read more in: News