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Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set for June 6 [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education will hold its graduation on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Jaoa Masela is scheduled to be the student speaker. The event will also include a musical performance by graduates.

Students who have successfully completed their HiSET exam between July 2017 and June 2018 can attend graduation. Those who have not received an invitation or have additional questions can contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-784-2928.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 23, 2018 | Read more in: News

Ahmed is off to better things. [Biddeford Adult Education]

Click HERE to read article.


Posted by Anne Beaulieu  on May 15, 2018 | Read more in: News

Why I want to be a citizen [Gorham Adult Education]

Gorham Adult Education would like to thank our ELL student, Evelin Guerrero, for allowing us to share her personal story. Evelin came to the United States from Equador and has been working for the past 3 1/2 years with her ELL tutor, Peggy Marchand. Evelin has been a valued employee at Jøtul in Gorham for almost two years.

These are Evelin's words...


Why I Want to Be a Citizen

          by Evelin Guerrero 

Some years ago, I was scared to move to the United States with my husband, who is a citizen from Buxton. Maine. I was scared because I wasn’t sure what my life would be away from my country. The day I was ready to take the airplane, my mother gave me a big hug and she said to me, “ My dear daughter, if you feel lonely sad, or your husband’s family is not good with you, please come back home. We will be waiting for you.”

My heart was beating fast.  I said to my mother, “Everything is going to be ok.  Do not worry, Mom. My husband is a good man. He will be good out there and I am completely sure his family will be good to me, too.” In my heart I knew everything will be ok.

Most of the time on my trip, my first on an airplane, I was looking at the clouds.  It was so beautiful. When my husband told me we were close to landing, I remember looking down and the first thing I saw was FortGorges. What a wonderful view! In that specific moment I felt completely ready for the change.

I feel very proud and happy living here in this country. I am thankful for the loving family my husband and I have formed. We have a son who is our strength.  I am thankful for my husband’s family and the friends that we value and love so much. We are surrounded with people who care about each other. I have a great community.

I have a job with a company where I am developing assembly skills. I have learned how gas stoves work and how to inspect them.  My company has an idea system where they encourage me to propose ideas in how to make work more efficient and at the same time I improve my English learning.

This is a remarkable country with opportunities for those who come from other countries looking for a better life. I am very happy living in the United States. This country has given me so much. Everyone here has given me the chance to be part of their communities, like my school, work, and friends. Gorham Adult Education, my school, has opened the doors for me being able to learn a new language in the ESL Program, called “English as a Second Language.” I’ve had wonderful teachers who give their time to help newcomers. Day by day, I have put my effort to get ahead, learning a new language and being part of new customs.  I know that I still have a long way to go, but I will achieve my goals little by little.

I want to be a citizen because I love this country, love the people. I want to stay. I want to be a part of this country. I would love to have the right to vote. Here is my family, my life. Everything that I have built with effort and love is here. I would like to be able to leave the country without the fear of not being able to return. I want to be a citizen of the United States for all these reasons.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on May 15, 2018 | Read more in: News

21st Century Workforce Initiative Program - Paid Youth Work Experience Program - Summer 2018 [Lawrence Adult Education]


Posted by Kathy Cote  on May 15, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

High School Students Create Commercial For Lewiston Adult Education [Lewiston Adult Education]



Lewiston Adult Education Rug braiding students Mary Gallie, left, and Diane Comas, center, get tips from instructor Beth Derenburger in part of a new commercial promoting Lewiston Adult Education.


Lewiston Regional Technical Center students have created a commercial for Lewiston Adult Education featuring hands-on classes.

Seniors in Sylvie St. Amand’s multimedia class shot footage, mixed and edited the 30-second commercial. They visited welding, rug braiding and construction students during free time after school.

 "It is a pleasure for me when my students use their skills and talents for ‘real’ projects. It feels great to be able to give back to our school and community,” St. Amand said.

 The seniors are Habbon Abdillahi of Lewiston High School, Kaelyn Jipson of Oak Hill High School, Lindsay Morin of Lewiston High School and Nelson "Nik" Peterson of Oak Hill High School. They are in the LRTC multimedia program in addition to taking classes at their high schools.

 The seniors also helped when it came to showing how to post the video to YouTube, said Mike Reagan, education and marketing coordinator for Lewiston Adult Education.

 “I couldn’t have done it without Habbon, Kaelyn, Lindsay and Nik. They are among the best students LRTC has to offer,” he said. “I only wish they could be around when I have my next computer problem at work.”

 Great Falls Television in Auburn has begun broadcasting the commercial. It has been posted on Lewiston Adult Education’s YouTube channel,




Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 7, 2018 | Read more in: News

Understanding Ranked Choice Voting [Augusta Adult and Community Education]

Augusta Adult and Community Education
The League of Women Voters of Maine presents:


Ranked Choice Voting

Join your friends and neighbors for a nonpartisan
educational presentation about what Ranked Choice voting is,
how to, why we’re using it for the June Primary, how ballots
 are cast and counted, and other facts that Mainers need to
know about the June Primary Election.

This event is free and open to the public.

The presentation and Q&A will be conducted by
League representative Jon Monroe,
formerly an elections official
at the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division
and analyst at the Chicago Board of Elections.


Capital Area Technical Center
40 Pierce Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Posted by Helen Emery  on May 3, 2018 | Read more in: Events and News

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