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Welding class connects to student plans for future

Scott Record took Welding I to learn how to do projects around his Lewiston farm.

The 41 goats keep him busy, but what he hopes one day to have gained enough welding skills to build a maple syrup evaporator.

“I think it’s a really good value. You get a lot of practice. All the supplies are provided,” he said of the Lewiston Adult Education class.

Record praised teacher Mike Cyr for covering the fundamentals and giving the steps along the way.

“The first day is safety, and then you get into it and learn the basics,” he said.

Students did shielded metal arc welding, also known as stick welding. Record plans to take Welding II in the Winter-Spring 2016 semester.

“It’s a good class if people want to learn the basics and see if they want to learn welding. I think it’s a good place to start,” he said.

Paula Walters’ father, grandfather and aunt all worked as welders.

“I guess it runs in the family because I’m pretty good at it,” she said.

Walters took Welding I at Lewiston Adult Education in 2014 and would like to take Welding II.

“I thought it was pretty fun. We had a lot of hands-on experience,”the Lewiston resident said.

She is also going to attend the New England School of Metalworks in 2016. Walters hopes to build on what she has learned and make a career in welding as many in the field approach retirement age

“There’s high demand for welders right now,” she said.

Patty Gray, an employment and training specialist at the Lewiston CareerCenter, agreed.

“It’s a very in-demand position at this point,” she said.

Wages for welders can range from $18 to $26 an hour, Gray said.

Welding I at Lewiston Adult Education is scheduled to begin on Jan. 27 and Welding II is set to start on Jan. 28. For more information about the classes, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call the adult ed office at 207-795-4141.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 8, 2016 | Read more in: News

College Transition Program to start Jan. 26 in Lewiston

People who live and work in Androscoggin County and are looking to enroll in college within the next 12-18 months can get help to prepare for academic challenges.

Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program provides a review of reading, writing and math. It includes face-to-face and online interaction as part of the 14-week class.

Last semester, CTP students paid a visit to Central Maine Community College in Auburn and had a mini-class. They also visited the campus to work on a research paper.

The new semester starts on Jan. 26 at the B-Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Applicants must take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems, or CASAS, test before registration.

Students will receive help with the college application process and understanding the financial aid process along with the academic preparation. Upon successful completion of the program, they are also eligible for one college credit at CMCC.

For more information or to register for classes, visit ww.lewistonadulted.org or call 207-795-4141.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 6, 2016 | Read more in: News

New Lewiston Adult Education science, WorkReady classes start in January

Lewiston Adult Education has a number of new classes scheduled to begin in early January and is accepting registrations.

If you are preparing for a STEM or health care degree program or want to refresh your science knowledge, join us for Bio-Chem Boot Camp from Jan. 4-16. The program offers an intensive review of core concepts in general biology, including an overview of cells, genetics, heredity, microbiology and ecology as well as topics in chemistry, such as atoms and molecular structures. Virtual classes will be based at Lewiston Adult Education for video conferencing on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. with online assignments between sessions. The group will meet for two all-day Saturday lab sessions held at Gray-New Gloucester High School. The cost of the two-week program is $96.  For more information or to register, call 795-4141.

Lewiston Adult Education will also host a WorkReady training program starting on Jan. 4.  WorkReady is an 80-hour intensive program provided free to eligible participants in need of help with job searches and who would like to increase job skills. Space for this program is limited. For more information and to begin the application process, please contact the Lewiston Career Center at 753-9001.

The brochure for all of Lewiston Adult Education’s classes is set to be released at the end of December. Registration for enrichment and other classes are scheduled to begin in January. 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on December 15, 2015 | Read more in: News

'Contribute to their Community to the Best of Their Abilities': New Mainers Project Explained

Irina Petranek

Irina Petranek works as an English Speakers of Other Languages teacher and job coach for Lewiston Adult Education. She talked about the New Mainers Refugee Workforce Development Project, which is held at the B Street Community Center in Lewiston. The project is a federally funded pilot program run in Portland and Lewiston. It is a collaborative effort of Portland Adult Edult Education, Lewiston Adult Education, Catholic Charities of Maine, the City of Portland Refugee Services, the City of Lewiston as well as the Portland and Lewiston CareerCenters.


1. What kind of help do you give to students in your class?


The goal of the program is to prepare students for the workforce in the USA. This includes discussing such topics as job applications, resumes, job search,  job interviews, soft skills necessary to be successful at work here. We also provide them with the information about various resources in the community that can help with employment -- job agencies, training programs, the Lewiston CareerCenter, local companies. 


2. Where do they come from?

The students in this New Mainers class come from Angola, Congo, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen, Togo. 

3. Why did they move to the United States?

Many of them are moving away from conflict, whether war or political reasons.

4. What would you want people to know about your students' goals? 

I would like people to know that the students in this class as well as other students in our programs are highly-motivated and hardworking people who want to contribute to their community to the best of their abilities. 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on November 23, 2015 | Read more in: News

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 lewistonadulted.org.

 

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 www.lewistonadulted.org , 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, www.lewistonadulted.org . 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

 
 

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