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Customer Service Training Set to Start on Oct. 26 at Lewiston Adult Ed

No-cost training for eligible particpants is scheduled to begin on Oct. 26 at Lewiston Adult Education.

People who go through the short-term program will receive a Ready2Work/Technology-Customer Service Certificate, which is specialized training recognized by Argo Marketing Group, Inc. The company has full and part-time openings, with opportunities for advancement

Last September, the Maine Department of Education announced it had awarded a grant to Lewiston Adult Education to provide training for hundreds of new jobs at Argo Marketing .The company is adding 300 positions, with benefits, at its Lewiston location within the next year resulting from a partnership with iYogi, a computer-support services business based in India.

Lewiston Adult Education will offer integrated training that includes keyboarding, technology, critical reading and customer service training.

Contact the Lewiston Career Center at 753-9005 or 800-741-2991. TYY users may call Maine Relay 711.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on October 6, 2015

Adult Learning Center students finish class on financial literacy

Clement Yombe


A group of students has completed a financial literacy program at Lewiston’s Adult Learning Center aimed at making them more self-sufficient and successful.

Clement Yombe, program coordinator for Community Financial Literacy, taught the five-week class for English Speakers of Other Languages that covered topics including the American banking system, loans and credit cards.

“We have had so many success stories. Students had zero for a credit score and within one year, they had a good credit score that helped them qualify for a car loan,” Yombe said.

He taught the five-week class in English and French to 15 people who received certificates on Thursday at the Adult Learning Center, which is in the lower level of Longley School on Birch Street. Yombe has taught the class for the last four years.

For more information about money management classes or other kinds of instruction, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or go to


Posted by Michael Reagan  on October 2, 2015

Lewiston College Transition students try mini-class at CMCC

Christina Monahan and Clarenece Rawding take part in a visit to Central Maine Community College's campus on Thursday.

Students in the Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program participated in a mini-class at Central Maine Community College in Auburn as part of a Thursday visit.

Learning and Advising Specialist Julia Edwards of CMCC started the class with a discussion about President Obama’s recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly and then moved into an explanation about the civil war in Syria. The students received a copy of the speech and a list of potential questions before class.

“It was my students’ first experience in a college setting and I saw it ignite the spark of interest in higher learning and in their desire for higher education,” said Amy Hatch, College Transition Program Instructor at Lewiston Adult Education.

They were asked to highlight parts of the speech they agreed with and others with which they disagreed. Their two-hour class also included a discussion explanation about countries with capitalist economies, such as the United States.

Students in the program will return to CMCC at the end of October for a campus tour and a visit to the library as part of the work on a research paper.

Hatch praised Edwards for the time she spent with students and her willingness to answer questions about college.

For more information about Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program or other classes, call 207-795-4141.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on October 2, 2015 | Read more in: News

Super Saturday coming to Lewiston Adult Ed on Oct. 17

People who want to pick up new skills or get in touch with their creative side can sign up for a class at Lewiston Adult Education’s Fall Super Saturday on Oct. 17 at Lewiston High School.

“Harvest Treats For Families” will have caramel-filled apples, chocolate-covered pretzel turkeys and peanut butter Pilgrim hats on the menu. Artists looking to brighten up their homes can take “Painting Furniture With Chalk Paint” or check out “Stadium Basket.”

Openings are still available in all Super Saturday classes, and lunch will be provided for all day-long courses.

To register for any of the classes, visit , or call  us at 795-4141.


Here is a complete list of classes:


Abstract Landscapes Using Fluid Acrylics: Explore abstract painting and nature as we create a landscape using acrylic paints. No drawing experience is necessary. Just bring two small brushes. Other supplies will be provided. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $17 plus a $25 lab fee

Silk Scarf : Use translucent silk dye and a pattern of your choice to create a silk scarf in just three hours. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. $17 plus a $20 lab fee

Harvest Treats for Families : Bring your child or grandchild to spend the morning making chocolate candies. They will include peanut butter cup pilgrim hats, chocolate-covered pretzel turkeys, caramel-filled apples and raspberry bark. Children ages 10 and up are welcome with a parent or guardian. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $20 plus $22 lab fee

Clearing Your Chakras : Learn about Chakras in detail and how to clear yours so that energy and life flow smoothly. You will make your own Chakra bracelet to wear. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $33 plus $20 lab fee

Couples Massage: Swedish and Deep Tissue : Learn basic Swedish massage and deep tissue techniques. Participants will also learn to release their own knots. Bring a partner, a pillow and unscented lotion. Wear a tank top for access to neck and shoulder muscles. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $16

CPR, First Aid, AED Training : The course followed the guidelines of the American Heart Association in basic CPR, First Aid and proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). A course textbook and certification card are included as part of the program. 9:00-3:00, $67, $5 lab fee

Introduction to Metaphysics and Meditation: The class will incorporate the basic principles of meditation to enhance your clarity and incorporate it into your daily life. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $34, $5 lab fee

Introduction to Reflexology: Reflexology is a healing art that offers benefits including stress reduction, improved sleep patterns and increased circulation. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a basin for a foot soak, two large towels and a pillow. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $33, $5 lab fee

Painting Furniture with Chalk Paint: Bring a small, portable piece of furniture, or part of a piece of furniture, to paint and finish in class. A drawer or a stool are two examples. Also bring an 8-ounce container of latex paint, either matt or satin sheen, in the color of your choice. Participants must also bring a paint brush, an apron, old wipe cloths and a small drop cloth. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $24, $18 fee

Make Your Own Soap and Luxury Body Lotion : Learn how to use, melt and pour soap for spa-quality soap and body lotion using butters and oils. Participants should bring an immersion blender, several rubber spatulas, a four-cup mixing bowl, a roll of paper towels and some small plastic bowls. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $32, with $40 lab fee

Stadium Basket : Weave a sturdy carrying basket with double-swing handles. Bring a mop-sized bucket, study scissors, a tape measure, 12 spring-type clothespins, a jackknife, a pencil, spray bottle and an old towel. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $31, $25 lab

PC Preventative Maintenance: Learn about the simple things you can do to improve your computer’s performance and security. Participants will explore the PC-Windows based system and devices in order to perform preventative maintenance. The class is designed for beginners. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $55 with $5 lab fee



Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 30, 2015

New classes coming to Lewiston Adult Education in October

People looking for a burst of energy to  fall can check out a host of new classes coming to Lewiston Adult Education.

Don’t miss Lewiston Adult Ed’s “Super Saturday,” which is set for Oct. 17 at Lewiston High School. We will have one-day classes such as Introduction to Metaphysics & Meditation and Harvest Treats for Families, which will include chocolate and caramel creations. PC Preventative Maintenance and our American Heart Association CPR are two other choices for the day.

Quilting: Small Projects gets under way with a holiday theme on Oct. 6 and Excel II will help learners build on previous experience with spreadsheets start on Oct. 27. A couple classes, Wet Felting along with Alcohol Painting, will also give people a creative outlet in October.

We have a number of single-session classes. Thai Cooking, beginner, starts Oct. 28 while All Things Herbs will be held on Oct. 22.

Find out more about October classes and Super Saturday by visiting our website, . Online registration can be done 24 hours a day. You can also call us at (207) 795-4141 to register and for additional information.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 28, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education announces grant for job instruction with Argo Marketing

The Maine Department of Education has awarded a grant to Lewiston Adult Education to provide
training for hundreds of new jobs at a local business.

The pilot grant helps job seekers prepare for work at the Argo Marketing Group. The company is
adding 300 positions, with benefits, at its Lewiston location within the next year resulting from a partnership with iYogi, a computer-support services business based in India. Lewiston Adult Education will offer integrated training that includes keyboarding, technology, critical reading and customer service training.

“Partnering with Argo Marketing creates a more streamlined path from training to employment,”
Lewiston Adult Education Director Eva Giles said. “This job-driven plan will provide a defined course for entry and advancement within Argo so people not only find a job, but a career.”

The $63,800 grant will allow Lewiston Adult Education to hold specific classes for people interested
in working in the call center industry.

"The small businesses that fill our main streets and downtowns are truly the backbone of the
economy. We need to make sure we are giving these businesses the opportunity to hire quality individuals that can make an immediate impact to their industry. Training programs such as the Integrated Education and Training pilot through Lewiston Adult Education will allow Argo Marketing Group the chance to not only employ these individuals, but potentially become a model for other business and services to follow. We are honored to be associated with this program and look forward to the positive impact to our industry and the other small businesses in the community,” Argo Marketing CEO Jason Levesque said.

The partnership also includes the Lewiston CareerCenter, the Central Western Maine Workforce
Investment Board and Central Maine Community College. Giles credited the Lewiston CareerCenter as being instrumental in helping Lewiston Adult Education identify both the need within the community and potential partners.

“As we move into the labor shortage, with a very low unemployment rate and older workers leaving
the workplace in droves, employers are looking at new ways to recruit and train new hires and incumbent workers. Some are already exploring hiring from talent pools they may not have previously considered. The LAE Integrated Education and Training pilot is a perfect example of using a collaborative approach between businesses, the CareerCenter and Adult Education to help meet labor needs of businesses,” Lewiston CareerCenter Manager Mary LaFontaine said.

The Department of Education awarded the pilot grants to five adult education programs in August.
The other recipients were RSU 24 Adult Education, Madawaska Adult and Community Education, Eastern Aroostook RSU #39 Adult and Community Education and RSU 25 Adult Education.

Anyone with questions about the training and sign-ups should contact the Lewiston CareerCenter at
(207) 753-9001.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 11, 2015 | Read more in: News

College Transition Program offers opportunities for returning students


People who live and work in Androscoggin County and are looking to enroll in college within the next 12-18 months can get assistance from Lewiston Adult Education.

The College Transition Program provides a review of reading, writing and math in a college-style setting. Students have face-to-face and online interaction as part of the 14-week class.

 “We’ve had a lot of success stories with our student in the College Transition Program and hope we help even more people this semester,” said Eva Giles, director of Lewiston Adult Education. “Getting ready for college can be intimidating, so we also provide help when it comes to the college application process and applying for financial aid.”

This year, four out of the six students who received a First Class scholarship from College for ME-Androscoggin were graduates of the College Transition Program. The scholarship is designed for adults taking their first college course or their first course after a gap of five or more years in a college environment.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for one college credit at Central Maine Community college.

The B Street Community Center, 57 Birch St., Lewiston

College transition classes begin on Sept. 8. Sessions will be held at the B-Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Students must take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems, or CASAS, test before registration. The classes are free for people who meet eligibility requirements.

For more information or to register, visit or call (207) 794-4141.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 13, 2015

Cake Decorating Tips from a Pro Coming Oct. 6 to Lewiston Adult Ed

Rebecca Baird remembers one the first cakes she made for a client. It had five tiers and was for a January wedding reception.

But the dry air made caused the frosting roses to crack, so she was putting them on the cake at the last minute.

 “Mistakes aren’t the end of the project. They help you to learn. It’s a great way to get comfortable with cake decorating,” she said.

What began as a creative outlet for her has turned into 35 years of experience. Next Baird will share what she has learned.

Her Lewiston Adult Education cake decorating class is scheduled to begin on Oct. 6 at Lewiston High School. It lasts five weeks.

Baird knows how forgiving frosting can be, such as filling in a hole in a cake. Or if an error occurs, icing can be scraped off and reapplied.

 “Cake decorating is really one of those things where it really doesn’t matter your skill level. We’re not going to be making them for a 600-person wedding or anything like that. A cake decorating class is more of a trial and error. It’s a safe place to try something. If you mess up, you just scrape it off and start over again,” she said.

Baird likes buttercream frosting, but said it takes some technique to have the right consistency or it will be too thin or thick. Fondant, a kind of moldable sugar dough, can be used for decorations. She has used fondant to make small animals on one her cakes.

 For more information about cake decorating and other food classes, check out


Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 5, 2015 | Read more in: News

CNA Ready2Work class comes to Lewiston Adult Education on Aug. 10

People interested in preparing for a career as a certified nursing assistant can sign up for introductory training at Lewiston Adult Education. The class is being held on Aug. 10.

“Health care continues to be a very in-demand job field, and the Ready2Work class lets people prepare for a new career. We have already celebrated a new group of CNAs graduating this summer. Next month, we will be ready to help those looking to make a move into a new career,” Lewiston Adult Education Director Eva Giles said.

The class will prepare students for the Maine state certified nursing assistant program Lewiston Adult Education runs with St. Mary’s Health System. Topics include confidentiality, critical reading and computer skills. The first 100 hours in the program will help them become familiar with employee expectations for CNAs.

Students will earn a readiness certificate with a successful completion of the class. The certificate is recognized throughout the health care industry.       

People interested in the Ready2Work training in conjunction with the CNA class may contact the Lewiston Career Center at 207-753-9001 for more information. The class can be free if approved by the Career Center and if participants are eligible.

Anyone with additional questions may contact the Lewiston Career Center at (207) 795-4141.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 29, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Faculty Members Honored


Anne Kemper and Amy Poland at the Maine Adult Education Association awards luncheon.


Two members of the Lewiston Adult Education faculty were recognized at the Maine Adult Education Association annual awards luncheon on June 18. Anne Kemper was honored with the Gerald R. Levasseur Award, and Amy Poland was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Anne Kemper has been the Adult Basic Education Counselor/Coordinator with LAE for over 30 years. Ms. Kemper was a founding member of the Adult Learning Center faculty, and in throughout her tenure instilled the value of community into every aspect of the Center’s programming and culture. Adult learners face many barriers, but Ms. Kemper tackles each one of their challenges and provides the support and encouragement needed to keep students moving forward. Her commitment to the larger community of lifelong learning extends well beyond the Adult Learning Center. She is actively involved with the Lewiston Public Library, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and Androscoggin Head Start and Childcare. As Rick Speer, Lewiston Public Library Director, noted, “Anne is always looking out for her students, and always ready to go to bat for them in order to help them achieve their education and workplace aspirations.”

Students and colleagues alike recognize Ms. Kemper as an inspirational leader who faces each challenge head-on to create a professional learning environment. She raises people up, and constantly nurtures the lifelong learning community.

Although Ms. Kemper will be retiring this summer, her impact on the Lewiston Adult Education program will have a lasting effect not only on adult learners in Lewiston, but adult learners and Adult Education programs across the state.

Amy Poland, Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program instructor, was recognized for her work helping adult learners develop the academic skills and confidence to pursue a college degree. Ms. Poland helps her students set goals, anticipate barriers, and develop persistence and resiliency by embedding a reflective way of thinking into her daily interactions with students. Ms. Poland utilizes the cohort model to foster a culture of community among her students: her students support and encourage one another in the same manner that she supports and encourages them. In addition to her work in Lewiston, Ms. Poland has worked tirelessly to create opportunities in Lisbon and RSU 16. She was also recognized for her leadership as a teacher coach with the College and Career Readiness Standards.

Although Ms. Poland will be leaving the classroom to take on the role of ABE Counselor/Coordinator following Ms. Kemper’s retirement, the work she did to develop the College Transitions curriculum will have a lasting impact on college-bound adults for years to come.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 18, 2015 | Read more in: News


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