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Museum L-A, Rockets Will Help Make Enrichment A Blast At Lewiston Adult Education

 

Children and families can blast off air-propelled rockets and visit Museum L-A as part of Lewiston Adult Education's summer enrichment classes.

The classes feature partnerships with local and state non-profit organizations to help children stay interested in science and humanities-related topics during summer vacation. The summer 0f 2018 will mark the third year Lewiston Adult Education has offered an enrichment program.

The newest partner helping out during the summer the is Museum L-A, which is located on 35 Canal St. in Lewiston. The museum's hands-on event about spinning and weaving and how they connect to local history will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Carol Thomas will be the teacher.

The first event of the season will be "The Night Sky" at Ladd Planetarium in the Carnegie Science Center on 44 Campus Ave. at Bates College in Lewiston. It will be held on Monday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Nicole Hastings, an assistant in instruction in physics at Bates College, will teach the class.

Laura Personette of 4-H will teach how to make a glider in "Will It Fly?" which is set for Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at Lewiston High School.

Chris Dorman, a STEM specialist for the Maine State Library, shall teach an air-propelled rockets class on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at Lewiston High School.

Laura Personette will also teach "Will It Float?" on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Lewiston High School and "Will It Stand?" on Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at Lewiston High School. Participants in "Will It Stand?" shall try to create miniature bridges in the last 4-H engineering challenge.

The classes are free, but parents or guardians must sign up themselves and children. Call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 to register.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 15, 2018 | Read more in: News

Massela Encourages Crowd To Show Elephant-like Determination at Lewiston Adult Education Graduation

 

 Student speaker Joao Massela, right, talked to the audience at Lewiston Adult Education graduation on Wednesday night. Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant, left, and Adult Learning Center Coordinator Laurie Champagne, right, listen to the speech.

The student speaker at Lewiston Adult Education graduation urged his classmates and the audience to think of themselves as strong as an elephant to take on new challenges during graduation Wednesday night.

The group of 27 students received their high school equivalency degrees in a ceremony in the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Joao Massela was the student speaker at the ceremony and stressed the importance of determination. 

"Being strong and determined means facing the problem, working to solve it rather than crying and looking for the easy way," he said.

Massela said that his middle name, Zau, means "elephant" and took inspiration from it.

"I want you to be like an elephant too. I would like you to see yourself as strong, no matter the obstacle in front of you. Think that you can make it and never give up," he said.

Massela, who emigrated to the United States from Angola and can speak Portuguese and French, had to learn English before trying to get his high school certification through Lewiston Adult Education. He thanked his teachers, including Laurie Champagne, Mark Schlotterbeck, Don Roux and Amy Hatch for helping him pursue his goals.

Massela also won the Courage to Grow Award from Central Maine Community College.

Esther Kilongo won the Maine Adult Education Association Award. The winner of the award has tuition waived for one course at CMCC in the fall semester.

Instructor Don Roux received recognition for his role in assisting with the 5,000th GED-HiSET graduate at Lewiston Adult Education. Roux helps students prepare before they take their high school equivalency exam.

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

Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster spoke at the end of the ceremony and encouraged graduates to continue to persevere as they pursue their goals.

 

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

Lewiston Adult Education Student Tells How Motivation, Support Helped Him Reach Goal

 

Bryce Smith will march at Lewiston Adult Education's graduation on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

 

Bryce Smith needed his high school credential in order to hold onto his job at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport. He did it in two months.

Smith plans to attend graduation for Lewiston Adult Education, which is set for Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Lewiston High School gym. He took the HiSET exam to receive his high school credential.

"I didn't think I could, but I put my mind to it. Got it done somehow," the 20-year-old said.

Airport Manager Richard Lanman praised Smith as a great addition to the workforce. The push to a high school credential came from Smith’s job description. It said that within six months, employees must have their high school diploma or high school credential.

“Very intelligent young man. He just needed a shove in the right direction,” Lanman said.

But Smith didn't just do it for his job. He did it for his 11-month-old son Connor.

"I want him to be proud of me along with everybody else," he said.

Smith credited his fiancee, Ashley Warren, with helping to quiz him in between work and watching their son. The faith people had in him helped as well.

Laurie Champagne, coordinator of Lewiston's Adult Learning Center, said she was very impressed with how he handled his toughest challenge. Smith came in to work with her on Fridays, his day off.

Smith had trouble reading on a computer screen filled with text. The words seemed to swim around. He taped a sheet of paper to the top and bottom of the screen so he could minimize what he had to look at.

“He was very motivated and also wanted to set a good example for his young son," Champagne said.

Next, Smith plans to get his Class B license so he could use a dump truck at his job.  

He has tips for people interested in going back to school to get their high school credential.

"You can do it. You have to have faith in yourself also. You can't just have faith in someone else," Smith said. 

 

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

Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set for June 6


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

High School Students Create Commercial For 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, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyp1-XFHJTKhl7edLusbThw.

 

 

 

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

Sun Journal Profiles Lewiston Adult Education

 

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

 

http://www.sunjournal.com/a-funny-thing-happened-in-adult-ed-class-today/

 

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

Spring Super Saturday Keeps Students Busy, From Baskets To Butterflies

 

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 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 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

Bonneau shares history lesson to encourage Lewiston Adult Ed students

 

Adult Basic Education students posed for a picture with Doris Bonneau after her class about Franco-American history. Front Row ~ Alexander Wilson, Doris Bonneau, Edmundo Kipo.Back Row ~ Mohamoud Abdillahi, Evandro John, Yussuf Mahamud,  Julio Catumbela, Hana Omar, Iqbal Jashaami.

A history lesson about Franco-American immigrants turned into a discussion about working hard and meeting new challenges at the B Street Community Center.        Doris Bonneau told Adult Basic Education English class students of the routes immigrants from Quebec took to the northeastern United States, the 10-hour shifts they had in mills and the prejudices they faced throughout Maine. ABE classes help students to prepare for post-secondary schools such as universities and community colleges.

Bonneau, a retired English teacher and former assistant school superintendent, asked students in the March 6 class to consider the similarities and differences between immigrants to Lewiston today and in the past. A student said he thought Lewiston had more tolerance than years ago.

“That made my heart feel good,” Bonneau said after the class. “I really think we are working hard in this community to assure that there is a certain level of tolerance.”

The pictures she showed of the Lewiston area illustrated how much Franco-Americans built and how they became well-known parts of the city. The structures included the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as well as F.X. Marcotte Furniture.

Bonneau encouraged students to consider ways of furthering their education and remembered how she got her father’s support to attend the University of Maine at Orono.

“I think that is what America is all about. America is about opportunity. People who are ready to work hard,” she said after her presentation.

Bonneau told the students how special and important they were and hoped they go further their education and achieve their hopes and dreams.

College Transitions and Adult Basic Education instructor Amy Hatch said many of her students are immigrants and thought they could benefit from finding out they are not alone in their experiences and not the first to arrive in Lewiston from another country.

“The moment I met Doris I knew she had to meet my students and tell them all about the first immigrants that came to Lewiston, Maine, the French Canadians.  She is such a wonderful speaker and her connections with the Gendron Franco Center show my students how those first immigrants made their way through and persevered,” Hatch said.

Bonneau serves as volunteer chair of the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College and a is volunteer and performer at the Franco Center as a member of the Maine Music Society.

Her presentation was the last part of a local history unit taught by Hatch at the community center. The center is located at 57 Birch St. in Lewiston.

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 12, 2018 | Read more in: News

 
 

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