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Lewiston Adult Education Honors Graduates

Guest speaker Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, speaks at Lewiston Adult Education graduation on June 13.

 

Lewiston Adult Education students who persevered to get their high school certification made it through summer heat in the Lewiston High School gymnasium to hear cheers and applause Tuesday night.

The group of 30 students received their high school equivalency by successfully taking the HiSET exam though Lewiston Adult Education. The HiSET has replaced the GED in Maine and the students received lessons and academic support to prepare.

Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, was the guest speaker.  She told of her journey to the United States and talked about how to tackle future challenges, which included the importance of being courageous, never losing hope and giving back.

“Together we can build a better tomorrow,” she said.

Christelle Kasongowas the student speaker. The native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo told about some of her lessons in learning American English, especially when it came to accents.

Kasongo is fluent in six languages, including French, English, Swahili, Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo. Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo are spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while Swahili is used in eastern and southern African countries.

She took time in her speech to praise Adult Learning Center Coordinator Laurieanne Champagne and instructor Don Roux for their help.

“It’s women and men like Laurie and Don in adult education who show why being a teacher is such a noble job,” Kasongo said.

Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster spoke at the end of graduation and was the first to recognize the assembled students as graduates.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 15, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set For June 13

 

Lewiston Adult Education will hold its graduation on Tues., June 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Fatuma Hussein of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Christelle Kasongo is the student speaker.

Family, friends and members of the community are welcome to attend.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 5, 2017 | Read more in: News

Quickbooks, Cuisine Top Lewiston Summer Classes

Greg Yates, Quickbooks teacher

Aspiring chefs and businesspeople will have a number of options with the new schedule of summer classes from Lewiston Adult Education.

Greg Yates will teach a number of classes related to Quickbooks. Students interested in learning more about accounting software can take the Essentials of Quickbooks Bootcamp or Special Topics in Quickbooks classes.

The Culinary Arts Certificate will begin on July 6 at the Green Ladle with instructors including Chef Dan Caron, Chef Bri Doyle and Chef Becca Levesque. It will include six or more hours of catering experience as students work as interns.

The B Street Community Center will have two different formats for the College Transition Program. Both are 12 weeks long, with one that is based in a classroom and the other with classroom and online sessions.

For more information about classes, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 2, 2017 | Read more in: News

See If Culinary Or CNA Suits You At Lewiston Adult Education

Chef Brianne Doyle will serve as one of the instructors for Lewiston Adult Education's culinary program this summer.

 

Aspiring chefs and people looking to enter the health care industry have options to consider thanks to Lewiston Adult Education’s summer workforce training classes.

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program will have daytime classes starting on June 26 at Lewiston High School. The session will run on Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Students may enter the program after completing a screening and job interview as well as taking the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System exam.

The Culinary Arts Certificate program will begin on July 6 at the Green Ladle. Chef Dan Caron, Pastry Chef Becca Levesque and Pastry Chef Brianne Doyle will teach lessons from knife skills to desserts that are designed to prepare students for work in restaurants and other food services. The preparation will include six or more hours working as interns at catering events.

For more information, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or go to lewistonadulted.org.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 1, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Summer STEAM Rolls On For Families

Yahya Ismael has taught Arabic for the past academic year at Lewiston High School and will teach a one-night Basic Arabic class to kick off Lewiston Adult Education’s summer enrichment programs for families.

Catapults and robots will help to teach science lessons this summer as part of Lewiston Adult Education programming for parents and children.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) events will run from June to August. They are part of a collaboration between Lewiston Adult Education and a number of organizations, including 4-H and Bates College.

The first scheduled class is Basic Arabic taught by Yahya Ismael on June 27 at Lewiston High School. Ismael has taught Arabic to high school students for the past academic year and will give the one-night lesson a few weeks before his return to his home in Egypt.

Maisy Cyr of 4-H Youth Development will teach Physics Concepts on Aug. 1 and Fun with Catapults on Aug. 15. Chris Dorman of the Maine State Library will give lessons as part of the Aug. 22 Robots class. Doug Dumont of Lewiston High School’s Aspirations Lab with give tips in his Preparing for College class on Aug. 24.

All but one of the classes will be held at Lewiston High School. Nicole Hastings will host Discover Stars at Ladd Planetarium at Bates College on July 18.

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.



 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 24, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Construction Graduates Celebrate Building Futures

 

Lewiston Construction Training Program graduate Farah Djireh, left, and Lewiston Adult Education instructor Greg ates took part in the graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston

A group of Lewiston Adult Education students have gained construction and work readiness training along with work experience thanks to local partnerships.

The Lewiston Construction Training Program students celebrated their graduation on April 25 at Tree Street Youth Community Center in Lewiston. The graduates were Isaias Mulume, Farah Djireh, Abdulrazzaq Al Masoodi, Abdikani Abdulle and Hussameldin Eminire.

The program used the Integrated Education and Training model, which features class time on construction skills training and communications as well as working with local contractors. Students spent 16 to 24 hours each week on the job with H.E. Callahan, Industrial Roofing Corporation or Hahnel Brothers. Contractors also provided guidance and feedback about the content of the curriculum.

“Based on their input the curriculum included a Work Ready component, basic math (fractions, decimals, percentages), familiarity with basic hand and power tools and worksite safety training. Successful candidates graduate from the program with work ready, OSHA 10 and RRP (lead abatement) credentials as well as eight weeks of hands-on work experience,” Gorman Foundation Senior Program Associate Sara Gagne-Holmes said.

All the graduates had interviews with potential employers after the ceremony. Average wages in contracting are going up and many veteran workers are nearing retirement age, said instructor Jason Merritt.

“Right now, the construction industry is in dire need of skilled laborers and construction workers – carpenters, plumbers, electricians. It’s everywhere. You name the trade,” he said.

Merritt, who also teaches construction trades at Lewiston Regional Technical Center, said he and teachers at Central Maine Community College have gotten calls from contractors looking to make hires. If the construction industry does not find a solution to its shortage of workers, Merritt said jobs could be outsourced to other countries.

Along with members of the graduates’ families, the audience had many people who helped the program become a reality. They included contractors Brian Demshar of H.E. Callahan and John Ferland of Hahnel Brothers. Members of Western Maine Community Action, the Root Cellar, Tree Street Youth Center, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Lewiston CareerCenter, the City of Lewiston and the John T. Gorman Foundation also attended the ceremony. The Gorman Foundation provided support for program.

Workforce coach Kim Sullivan, Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant, instructor Jason Merritt and instructor Greg Yates spoke to the graduates and noted some of the challenges they had overcome. Misty Parker of Lewiston Economic Development and employer liaison Jamie O'Connell also congratulated students during the ceremony.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on May 22, 2017 | Read more in: News

Sun Journal photojournalist to teach for Lewiston Adult Education in Winter-Spring 2017

 

Stasia Minkowsky laughs during her Metaphysics and Meditation class in the fall. The popular Lewiston Adult Education teacher will teach a number of meditation classes in the Winter-Spring 2017 semester.

 

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Lewiston Adult Education has released its Winter-Spring 2017 brochure with new classes on photography to Virtual Reality.

Sun Journal photographer Russ Dillingham will teach Photography Tips from a Pro. The one-night class will include some of the pictures he has taken for the newspaper and explanations of how he uses drones and video as additional tools to tell a story.

Spring Super Saturday is scheduled for March 18 at Lewiston High School. It will include classes such as Muffin Basket, Virtual Reality, Arabic and Egyptian Cooking. University of Maine graduate student Camden Bock and Professor Justin Dimmel of The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education will show how technology can be used in games and in teaching as part of their Virtual Reality class.

Popular classes such as Rug Braiding, basket weaving and Standup Comedy Workshop are returning. Stasia Minkowsky will also teach more sessions of meditation in the Winter-Spring semester.

Workforce classes will have a number of new choices. They include the Financial Services Certificate, a Medical Specialist class and a one-night Notary Public class. Welding I and II along with the Certified Nursing Assistant Program shall also be available for sign-up. 

 People interested in refreshing their skills before taking a college class can register for the College Transition Program. Those who would like to get their high school credential or become an American citizen can also take classes in the coming semester.

For more information about Lewiston Adult Education classes, head to the website, lewistonadulted.org, or call our office at 207-795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on December 28, 2016 | Read more in: News

UMaine Cooperative Extension Shares Dilly Beans Recipe With Lewiston Students

 

Thanks to Kate McCarty of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lewiston Adult Education students in the Canning and Preservation class got a number of recipes during the Wednesday night class. Here is one of them:

 

Dilly Beans

4 pounds green beans

4 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)

4 cups water

1/2 cup canning and pickling salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

8 cloves garlic

8 heads dill or 8 teaspoons dill seeds

 

Combine salt, vinegar, water and pepper flakes (if desired) in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Wash and trim ends from beans and cut to 4-inch lenghts. 

In each sterile pint jar, place one to two dill heads and, if desired, one clove of garlic. Place whole beans upright in the jars, leaving a 1/2 inch-headspace. Trim beans to ensure proper fit. Add hot solution to beans, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Place prepared lids on jars and screw bands on. Process pints for five minutes in a boiling-water bath.

Let beans stand for at least two weeks before tasting to allow flavor to develop. The high acidity of the vinegar allows this boiling water bath processing to be safe for a low-acid food.

Yield: About 8 pints

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 29, 2016 | Read more in: News

Students Get Recipes, Plenty of Samples in Salsa and Guacamole Class

 

Jenna Blakey taught a Salsa and Guacamole class the Green Ladle on Thursday night and shared lots of food as well as recipes.

 

Green Salsa

6-8 tomatillos

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 jalapeno

1/8 cup cilantro

1/4 lime (including rind)

Remove husks from tomatillos. Blend all ingredients and serve chilled.

 

Guacamole

2 avocados

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 roma tomato, diced

1-2 tablespoons of milk

 

Halve and pit the avacados. Scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon and put it into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them a bit chunky. Add the other ingredients and fold them together. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole so it doesn't brown.

Serves 5-6

 

Pico de Gallo

 

4-5 Roma tomatoes, diced

3 green onions, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and fine diced

1/8 cup of cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of lime juice

Salt to taste

 

Mix ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

 

Fruit Salsa

 

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced

8 ounce of raspberries

1 pound of strawberries

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

 

Mix ingredients together and serve with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.

 

Red Salsa

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

 

2 (14.4) ounce cans of diced tomatoes

1 jalapeno chile, seeds removed

1/2 yellow onion, quartered

1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt to taste

Pour one can of tomatoes into a blender. Add jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Blent until fairly smooth. Pour in a second can of tomatoes and blend briefly. Adjust seasonings to taste and chill for a half hour before serving.

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 23, 2016 | Read more in: News

Fall Super Saturday coming to Lewiston Adult Ed in October

The Pink D's Food Truck will be one of the classes offered on Fall Super Saturday, Oct. 15.

 

Lewiston Adult Education will host its annual Fall Super Saturday on Oct. 15 at Lewiston High School with classes from Food Truck to a Halloween Costume Workshop.

Randy Smith of Pinky D’s will talk about the basics of running a food truck before serving students poutine, French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Pinky D’s also has other varieties of the traditional Canadian cuisine.

Nancy Kenneally will teach a Halloween Costume Workshop for parents and children looking to get ready for trick-or-treating. Students will decorate a mask that could serve as part of a costume.

Fall Super Saturday has 11 different classes. Lunch will be included with all day-long classes.

For the full listing of courses, or to register for any of the above workshops, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

Here is a list of classes that still have places available:

Alcohol Painting: Alcohol inks mix together resulting in a beautiful effect. Try this new form of painting and just enjoy the reaction of these two materials and see where it takes you. No art experience necessary. Just bring two small brushes. All other materials will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. $25 plus $35 lab fee

Food Truck: Discover what it’s like to run a food truck business in this class taught by Randy Smith of Pinky D’s, which makes poutine, French fries, cheese curds and gravy. Bring your curiosity and your appetite because Randy will serve traditional poutine and newer versions from his food truck. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $13 with $10 lab fee

Introduction to Metaphysics and Meditation:  Are you ready to shift your consciousness in a remarkable way? This class will forever alter the way you perceive not only yourself, but the Universe. Join us as we discuss Chakras, The Law of Attraction, Living in the Present, and much more! This class will also incorporate the basic principles of meditation to enhance your clarity, inner peace, and ability to incorporate this practice into your daily life. All are welcome. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $15

CPR, First Aid, and AED Training: This course follows the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association for heartsaver CPR (adult, child, infant, and AED). Participants will learn to assess the patient, send someone to call for help and retrieve the AED, and do cycles of compressions and breaths to help save a life. A course textbook and certification card are included as part of the program. This one-day class is designed for lay rescues encountered by non-healthcare providers. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. $75 with $5 lab fee

Smartphones and Tablet Devices, Android: Bring your hand-held device to class that will help you figure out how to use your tablet or smart phone better. Mobile devices for Android are welcome in the session, which will include a brief presentation, question and answer as well as hands-on work. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. $17

Smartphones and Tablet Devices, iOS:Bring your hand-held device to class that will help you figure out how to use your tablet or smart phone better. Mobile devices for Android or iOS are welcome in the session, which will include a brief presentation, question and answer as well as hands-on work. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $17

Body Language: In today’s fast-paced business environment, employees at all levels find themselves challenged with a constantly shifting workplace, including new diversity challenges where coworkers cope with generational, gender, age and cultural differences. Communication is at the foundation of everything we do and say. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and with training and self-awareness, can be improved upon. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $26 with $5 lab fee

Digital Photography: Do you love taking pictures of family and friends, but are not happy with the way they come out? This workshop for beginners will teach you more about how to use the manual settings in your DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, such as the aperture, f-stops, shutter speeds and white balance. It will teach you how to make the most of your camera and have more control of which picture you take. Students must bring their DSLR with lens to class. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $60 with $5 lab fee

Halloween Costume Workshop: Parents and children will work together to create masks in preparation for Halloween. They can decorate with feathers to sparkles on an eye-catching part of a costume. The registration and lab fee for this class will count for a parent and two children. There will be a $5 lab fee for each additional child. $15 with $10 lab fee

Nutrition and Fitness: This Super Saturday class is a low-impact workout, combined with stretching session and a conversation on nutrition. This is the perfect beginning for people looking to get back into a new, healthy routine.9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $19

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 13, 2016 | Read more in: News

 
 

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