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Regional sample of adult education students predict another four years for Obama

Last week, despite Hurricane Sandy, almost 4500 adult learners from adult education centers across New England participated in mock elections designed to prepare them for casting real ballots on election day. According to this sample of adult students, President Obama will win by a large majority (84%), Massachusetts will not allow life-ending medication for the terminally ill or the medical use of marijuana, Rhode Island will allow casino gambling in Newport, Maine will keep its ban on gay marriage, and several states will pass bond initiatives.

The mock elections were coordinated by the non-partisan Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign, which aims to educate adult students about the electoral process, help them learn about the campaign issues and ballot questions, and mobilize them to participate in the democratic process on November 6. The mock elections also provide an opportunity for hundreds of immigrants who cannot vote to learn how electoral politics work in the United States.

VERA, a project of the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education, is one response to statistics showing that adults who have not completed a high school education are the least likely to vote. In the 2010 election, only 25% of U.S. adults lacking a high school diploma voted compared to 39% of high school graduates and 60-70% of adults with a college or advanced degree.

During the past four federal elections, VERA has provided resources that help adults discuss the civic issues that matter to them, research candidate views on those issues, analyze campaign advertising, and learn about voter rights and responsibilities.

On election day, hundreds of newly-registered adult learners will vote for the first time. They are eager to exercise this right and to see how the actual state and national results compare to their mock election tallies.


New England VERA Results


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Barack Obama/Joe Biden

Democratic Party


Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

Republican Party


Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala

Green Party


Gary Johnson/James Gray

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Connecticut Senate





Democratic Party




Republican Party










Maine Senate






Democratic Party




Republican Party




Independent Party










Massachusetts Senate





Democratic Party




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New Hampshire Governor





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Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on November 6, 2012 | Read more in: News

LAE Awarded FAME Maine College Access Grant

Lewiston Adult Education (LAE), in partnership with College for ME Androscoggin and World Education, has been awarded a new Maine College Access Grant for 2013. These funds will support LAE in developing a county-wide network to address resiliency and retention throughout AndroscogginCounty. LAE’s College Transitions instructors, Adult Basic Education teachers, and advising staff will take an active role in the projects tied to the grant.

LAE’s College Transition Program has been helping adults in AndroscogginCounty reach their education and career goals since 2000. The program utilizes a simulated college setting to help adults refresh the academic and study skills they will need to be successful in college. Participants in the program also receive support throughout the college and financial aid application process.

These grant funds were received from FAME and the Maine College Access Challenge Grant. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the free College Transition Program to advance their educational and career aspirations can contact Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on September 25, 2012 | Read more in: News

Fall WorkReady Training

The WorkReady Training Program equips participants with the soft skills sought by local employers. Those who complete this 60-hour training program will earn a credential that is recognized by many businesses in the L-A area.

WorkReady helps participants build a successful career plan by focusing on developing a good work attitude, strong communication skills and effective time management skills.

The program then teaches participants how to evaluate their talents, experiences, and preferences so they can determine in which kinds of jobs they would be most successful.

Finally, WorkReady will guide participants through the job application process. The program will include individual guidance on resume and cover letter writing and provide opportunities to build and practice interviewing skills.

This program has been successful in helping L-A residents create a plan to achieve their personal career goals.

WorkReady grads from previous LAE training sessions have gone on to get jobs with many different local employers, including Schooner Estates, Dingley Press, Strainrite, Home Depot, Maine Machine Products, Hilton Garden Inn, DaVinici's, Hart Transportation, and Hannaford Supermarkets to name a few.

The Fall WorkReady training will run weekdays from September 10th through October 5th, from 8:30am-12:30pm at the B-Street Community Center in Lewiston. A mandatory orientation will be held September 5th. Call the CareerCenter at 753-9001 for an application. Applications are due August 31st.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 23, 2012 | Read more in: News and Events

Workforce Training Classes Starting Next Week!

Several of LAE's Workforce Training courses will be starting the week of August 27th, including:

Accounting I

Computer LIteracy

Keyboarding & Computer Basics

Medical Terminology

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair

Welding I & II

FMI call 795-4141. For a full list of LAE's classes, starting throughout August, September and October, visit .


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 22, 2012

Academic Courses Start in 2 Weeks!

Lewiston Adult Education's Academic courses will be starting two weeks.

If you are interested in completing a High School Diploma or working on prereqs/developmental courses for College or Nursing School, contact us asap for placement testing.

Fall Academic courses will include:

Algebra I


Contemporary Government

English Writing Workshop

Math Prep for College/Careers

US History

Feel free to call us at 795-4141 if you have any questions!


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 7, 2012

Summer courses are a great way to to get ready for change

Whether you are gearing up for college or changing careers, Lewiston Adult Ed's summer courses are a great first step.

The College Transitions Program is the easiest way to insure your success in college.  This 12-week program provides an academic refresher, covers study skills, test taking, time management, and computer skills.  The summer session starts on May 22 and is held at the B Street Community Center.  Call today to begin your application process.

Other summer courses include: Computer/Office Skills courses such as “Microsoft for the Workplace,” “MS Excel I,” “MS Excel II,” “QuickBooks Workshop,” and “Office Practice.” Most of these courses provide credit towards Lewiston Adult Education’s Clerical, Medical Office and Accounting Assistant Certificates.  Classes begin July 10 and are held at Lewiston High School.

Other certificate courses will include the “Culinary Arts Certificate” and a “Certified Nursing Assistant” (CNA) training course. The CNA course will start June 19th, and interviews will be held June 6th & 7th at 3:00 pm.

Academic classes that offer High School Diploma credit as well as college/nursing school prerequisite credit will also be available, including “Algebra,” “Applied Algebra,” “Biology,” “Chemistry” and “Critical Reading Strategies for College or Work.”

GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Citizenship and Adult Basic Education classes are also available year-round, and are held at the Adult Learning Center at 145 Birch St.

Take your first step on a pathway to success.  Call Lewiston Adult Ed at 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on May 18, 2012

Super Saturday: March 31st!


On Saturday, March 31st Lewiston Adult Education will hold a variety of morning- and day-long workshops, including:

 Basic Home Repair & Maintenance in a Day

CPR, First Aid, AED Training


Keep House Like a Pro


Mah Jongg for Beginners


MS Access in a Day


MS Word in a Day


Professional Publishing in a Day


Re-Tool a Prom Dress


The Three Keys to Inner Peace


Write It Out


For more information, or to register, call 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on March 7, 2012 | Read more in: News and Events

March Classes at LAE


It may still be chilly outside, but here at LAE we are already looking forward to the spring! Below you'll find some of the 20+ courses we have starting up in March:


Business & Personal Finance: “Be a Responsible Consumer,” “Introduction to Personal Investing” and “Landlord Tenant Law 101.”


Computer: “Computer Basics for Seniors,” “MS Word in a Day,” “MS Access in a Day" and "Professional Publishing in a Day.”


Crafts: “1950’s Baker’s Basket,” “Enchanted Paper Crafting,” “Knitting: Beginner/Intermediate” and “Re-Tool a Prom Dress.”


Health and Wellness:CPR, First Aid, AED Training,” “Hooping to Heal I” and “Hypnosis for Weight Control.”


Home and Garden: “Basic Home Repair & Maintenance in a Day,” “Chair Caning,” “Designing Your Dream Garden” and “Keep House Like a Pro.”


Miscellaneous “Just-for-fun:” “Dream Analysis,” “Mah Jongg for Beginners,” “Super Saturday Chocolates for Families,” “The Three Keys to Inner Peace” and “Write it Out.”


For more information on any of the above classes, visit or call 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 16, 2012 | Read more in: News

Local Author Mark Griffin to Teach Writing Workshops

As part of Lewiston Adult Education's Winter/Spring 2012 season, local writer Mark Griffin, the author of an acclaimed celebrity biography published in 2010, will serve as instructor for two forthcoming LAE workshops.

Beginning February 9th, Griffin will teach an eight week course, Writing: From Inspiration to Publication, which will motivate writers - both amateur and experienced - to unleash their full creative potential while offering invaluable tips for getting their work (whether it be an article, essay, short story, novel or non-fiction piece) into print.  Classes will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at Lewiston High School.

On Saturday, March 31st, from 9:00am-3:00pm, Griffin will lead a one day workshop, Write It Out, which invites participants to check their writer's block at the door and get inspired by engaging in a series of exercises designed to spark creativity and encourage a freer form of artistic expression.

Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli, which was published by Da Capo Press in 2010.  In April, Griffin is scheduled to host a tribute to Minnelli, the Oscar-winning director of such Hollywood classics as An American In Paris and Gigi, at the Paramount Theatre in Boston.  Griffin's film reviews, essays and short stories have appeared in The Boston Globe, MovieMaker, Premiere and in several anthologies.

For additional information or to register for courses, please visit or call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 2, 2012


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