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Biddeford family realizes high school graduation dream together [Biddeford Adult Education]

Four members of one family received their highs school diplomas during the Biddeford Adult Education graduation on Wednesday night. From left are Nicholas Bruns, Tina Bruns, Ashleigh Ouellette and Terry Nowlin. Tina Bruns is the mother of Nicholas Bruns, Ashleigh Ouellette and Terry Nowlin.  Ed Pierce/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — For one Biddeford family, Wednesday evening’s Biddeford Adult Education graduation ceremony is a 25-year lesson in the power of perseverance and a determination to realize a better future.

Back in 1994, Tina Bruns was a student at Portland High School when she became pregnant and dropped out. She stayed home and cared for her newborn son, Nicholas, and then a year later, Bruns gave birth to a daughter, Ashleigh, who was followed two years after that by another son, Terry.

Trying to make ends meet with three young children and not ever really feeling comfortable in the classroom, Bruns gave up on earning her high school diploma and instead turned her concentration to raising her children.

“School just wasn’t for me,” Bruns said. “I was really shy and I just couldn’t make it work no matter what I did.”

Although she wanted the best for her children, as they grew up they all followed her down the same path. Nicholas Bruns has anxiety and always felt uncomfortable in a classroom setting. He never finished high school, and neither did his sister or his brother.

But then something remarkable happened.

“I started attending classes at Biddeford Adult Education in 2012 and came and went a few times before just finally deciding to just stick with it and see what would happen,” said Ashleigh Ouellette, now 24. “I earned my certified nursing assistant certification and set a goal to enlist in the U.S. Army, but to do that, I needed to obtain a high school diploma.”

To support and encourage her daughter, Tina Bruns also returned to classes at Biddeford Adult Education and earned her CNA certification at the same time as her daughter. Both of her sons, Terry Nowlin, now 22, and Nicholas Bruns, now 25, also attended classes at Biddeford Adult Education and it has transformed their lives.

“The people at Biddeford Adult Education are amazing,” said Tina Bruns. “They really are like family to us.”

Nowlin found a renewed interest in school at Biddeford Adult Education.

“I went to a lot of schools and none of them fit me,” he said. “But now I want to go on to college and study video game design. I’d like to go to college in Florida.”

Nicholas Bruns has been attending classes at Biddeford Adult Education since 2016 and said his favorite class was a history course.

“That was fun, but the best part of going back to school was actually doing that with my family,” he said. “The people at Biddeford Adult Education truly are special. They went above and beyond to help us and all I can say is that school is amazing.”

And as the names of graduates were called Wednesday evening at Biddeford High School, all four members of the Bruns family realized their decades-long dream to become high school graduates, thus ending a long journey once considered to be out of the realm of possibility for any of them.

In speaking to all of the graduates who earned diplomas on Wednesday night, Biddeford Adult Education Director Paulette Bonneau said she was proud of their achievements, both personally and academically.

“What this speaks to me is that it takes courage,” Bonneau said. “You made a choice, took a chance and made a change.”

She said that change began when the graduates stepped out of their comfort zone and became active learners.

“I never thought I’d make it or see this day,” Tina Bruns said. “We all got through this together and we’ve truly got something to celebrate. It shows you can do anything you set your mind to do. And if I can do it so long after leaving school, anyone can.”

Her daughter said the lesson that others can learn from their family is really very simple.

“Just never give up,” Ouellette said.

 

Ed Pierce – 282-1535 

 

 

Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on June 6, 2019 | Read more in: Events and News

Our Winter-Spring 2019 Course Catalog is Here! [Scarborough Adult Learning Center]

Browse, register and pay online for Winter-Spring 2019 classes by clicking on the "Courses" tab above.

Or enjoy the print version of our catalog here:

Spring_2019_-_full_catalog.pdf

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Posted by Terri Eddy  on February 7, 2019 | Read more in: Events and News

Class Materials List [Bath]

 

 

Click here for the list of supplies for the Acrylics, Beginning Class.

 

Posted by Sherri Mathison  on December 18, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Get Your CRMA training here! [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

Learn about our CRMA certificate program in this free info session. Click here to register and see if this new career oppotunity is right for you!

Your instructor, Jennifer Courtois, RN, will be there to answer all of your questions and inform you about our certificate program. It’s a great way to meet your teacher and fellow classmates. Registration is required.

Certified Residential Medication Aide

This course provides standardized training for professionals working in state-certified residential care homes. State of Maine regulations, standard residential facility policies and basic anatomy and physiology are covered. Discuss common medications, their many uses, common side effects, and client response to side effects. Learn safe administration procedures, practice taking vital signs, transcribing physician orders, and documenting procedures on the Medication Administration Record in accordance with Maine’s regulations governing residential facilities. Click herefor requirements and more info.

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on December 6, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

Become an Ophthalmic Assistant [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

Register for our FREE Info Sessionto get all your questions answered about our Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate program.

Prepare for an entry-level position in ophthalmology, one of the fastest growing healthcare segments. Through classroom lecture and labs, this program includes: anatomy and physiology of the eye, general principles of pharmacology, prescriptions, visual acuity, basic tonometry and glaucoma. Review ocular dressing procedures, equipment maintenance, instruments and other areas. Students who complete this program have the opportunity to gain certified ophthalmic assistant certification, which is the core level of certification from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. This is the entry-level pathway for students to begin a career as a certified allied health professional in ophthalmology. For more info and qualifications, please click here.

 

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on December 6, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

NEW & Returning Student Registration Day [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

 

FALL NEW & RETURNING

Academic student registration

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Noon - 6 PM

Saco Learning Center, 80 Common St. 

Just DROP IN or give us a Call!

(207) 282-3846 (Saco Learning Center) or (207) 934-7922 (Main Office in OOB)

Start class anytime during the school year, we tailor many of our classes to your educational needs whenever possible. Adult Basic Education classes are at no cost to our students and books can be bought or borrowed!

Our ACADEMIC program includes:

Classes to give you the essential skills to improve your reading, writing, math

High School credentials  (HiSET or Diploma)

ESOL  English for speakers of other languages

Maine College & Career Access and individual college prep courses

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We can help you with your next step!

To register or for more info call (207) 282-3846 or (207) 934-7922.

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on December 6, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Become an A+ Computer Tech On Line! [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

A new year could also mean the start of a new career!

Developed by a Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) education partner, this program is specifically designed to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ certification exams.

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on December 6, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

NEW Certificate & Training Programs [Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education]

We make every effort to bring training programs to you that are relevant to current workforce needs at affordable, competetive pricing. For more info or to register, just click here!

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Posted by Janice Erickson  on December 6, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Class of 2018 Graduation [RSU16 Adult Education ]

RSU 16 Adult Education students, Sara Potratz, Shia Scott and Isaac Shawver, were honored at a cap and gown graduation ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2018 for meeting High School completion goals. Friends and family gathered in the Elm Street School gymnasium as graduates marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance”.

            The RSU 16 Adult Education Association scholarship was awarded to Sara Potratz; Teacher Susan Lasselle also presented awards to Shia Scott for Overcoming Obstacles and to Isaac Shawver for Transformation.

            Before receiving their diplomas, 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 reminded graduates to be open to possibilities and willing to try new things, taking things one step at a time.

 

Posted by Jenny Rose  on November 5, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

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