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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

Spring Super Saturday To Emphasize Green Topics At Lewiston Adult Education

Bill Hensley shows how his Nissan Leaf gets recharged in advance of his upcoming Electric Car class during Lewiston Adult Education’s Spring Super Saturday on April 7.

Spring Super Saturday will have an environmental focus at Lewiston Adult Education next month.

Returning favorites shall appear alongside classes on Electric Cars, Organic Gardening and Butterflies on April 7 at Lewiston High School. A 4-H instructor will teach the Butterflies class, which is open to parents and children, and a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will explain the basics of Organic Gardening. Bill Hensley will pop the hood of a Nissan Leaf during his lesson on Electric Cars.

Hensley, who works as a technology support specialist for Lewiston Public Schools, has a YouTube Channel featuring videos about what he has learned driving a Leaf. In addition to showing how an electric car works, Hensley will talk about topics including recharging stations and how renewable energy is contributing more to the American electrical supply. His YouTube channel is:  https://www.youtube.com/user/bmhsonic.

Other classes with openings include CPR, First Aid & AED, Yoga and Meditation as well as Henna. Yoga and Meditation is a half-day class while CPR and Henna will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Super Saturday or other classes, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 or go to their website, www.lewiston.maineadulted.org.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 5, 2018 | Read more in: News

Ukulele, Franco History, Comedy Lead Lewiston Adult Ed 2018 Offerings

Local comedian Dawn Hartill will teach the Standup Comedy Workshop class in the Winter-Spring 2018 semester for Lewiston Adult Education.

A class on French-speaking immigrants and Ukulele lessons make up two of the more than 30 new classes coming to Lewiston Adult Education in the Winter-Spring 2018 semester.

Professor Mary T. Rice-Defosse of Bates College will teach French in Lewiston-Auburn,  a one-night history lesson. Margery Landis shall help students strum in Play the Ukulele. Superintendent Bill Webster will talk about the construction of the new Connors Elementary School in a free spring program.           

Returning classes include Welding, Certified Nursing Assistant and Cooking Matters. Excel classes are coming back after a hiatus.

Super Saturday, which will be held on April 7, will have a green focus with Organic Gardening, Butterflies and an electric car class. A CPR/First Aid class and Oval Twill Basket are other classes available for sign-up.

Lewiston Comedian Dawn Hartill will teach a new session of Standup Comedy Workshop beginning March 1st. She was one of the members of the first class to be held at Lewiston Adult Education and has since gone on to perform all over Maine and NH.  She has placed in multiple comedy competitions and was the 2016 Strand Cup Comedy Competition winner.  Students in Hartill’s class will learn how to write and perform comedy and get to tell their jokes as part of a live performance at Guthrie’s Café on 115 Middle St. in Lewiston on April 2.

Lewiston Sun Journal photographer Russ Dillingham will return to share tips about taking pictures. The new class is called Photo Lighting, Lenses, and Settings.

For more information about the new semester, go to  www.lewiston.maineadulted.org  or call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 2, 2018 | Read more in: News

College Transition Students Mark Semester’s End

 

 

Left to right: Renan Ferreira, Richard Patrie, Kassie Schmidt, Melissa Potter and Ouseiny Ousmane gave advice to College Transition Program students about college classes at a celebration on Dec. 19.

 

LEWISTON

Students in the College Transition Program have celebrated the end of their studies and got tips about the next stage of their education thanks to an event at the B Street Community Center.

Graduates of the program shared their experiences in college-level classes at the celebration on Tues., Dec. 19. They all stressed the importance of asking questions of professors when classes got difficult and finding help with academic papers.

The College Transition Program is part of Lewiston Adult Education, is free and designed for people who live or work in Androscoggin County planning to enroll in college in the next 12 to 18 months. It provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing and math in a college-style setting.

The students who received certificates of completion were: Hana Omar, Amal Hassan, Shawnee Cote, Brett Griffin, Isaac Shawver, Joseph Miakouissa and Joao Massela.  

The next College Transition Program starts on Jan. 9 at the B Street Community Center. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 for an application and to schedule a skills assessment. 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on December 19, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Storm Cancellation Information

 

--If Lewiston Public Schools cancel their classes because of a storm, then all classes before 4 p.m. are canceled.

 

--If afternoon or evening classes are closed because of weather conditions, information will be posted on the Lewiston Adult Education website:

 

www.lewiston.maineadulted.org

 

Announcements will also appear on Lewiston Adult Ed’s Facebook page and Twitter Feed.

 

They will also be shared with the following television and radio stations after 4 p.m.:

 

WBLM, 102.9 FM

WCYY, 93.9 FM

WPOR, 101.9 FM/1490 AM

WLAM, 1470 AM

 

WCSH, Channel 6

WMTW, Channel 8

WGME, Channel 13

 

 

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

Scenes From Fall Super Saturday Handiwork

The fall session of Lewiston Adult Education's Super Saturday had an unofficial theme of showing off handiwork. Teachers guided students when it came to first aid and using henna.

Basket making kept many busy for hours in the Lewiston High School cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 14. The other day-long session was the CPR, First Aid and AED Training.

Here are some pictures of work throughout the day:

 

 


 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on October 16, 2017 | Read more in: News

Finding the Green Ladle

 

The Green Ladle is home to Lewiston Regional Technical Center's culinary arts program. It is in another building close to the high school.

In additon to being run by LRTC students and staff, it hosts a variety of community events and serves as a local polling place. The Green Ladle has held classes with Lewiston Adult Education during the school year and summer.

Here is a link to the Green Ladle's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/The-Green-Ladle-163421342924/

 

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on October 16, 2017

Super Saturday Coming To Lewiston Adult Ed On Oct. 14

Michel Vining of United Ambulance is scheduled to teach a CPR class for Lewiston Adult Education’s Fall Super Saturday.

 

Lewiston Adult Education will have dance, genealogy and roller derby in the mix for Fall Super Saturday classes.

Super Saturday will be held on Oct. 14 at Lewiston High School. The first class will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The sessions allow people who might not have the time during the week or would like an extended period of time for a particular subject. Michel Vining of United Ambulance will teach CPR, First Aid and AED training. Martha Chessie shall instruct a Utility/Clothes Basket class. Stasia Minkowsky, who teaches a number of meditation classes, will offer her Introduction to Metaphysics and Meditation class.

Two teachers will offer shorter sessions for Super Saturday. Lin Wright will have two genealogy classes, Using Familysearch.org and Genealogy for Beginners. Anna Golendukhina shall teach Latin Basics: Salsa and Latin, Bachata and Merengue.

In addition to genealogy, new offerings include Nancy Callahan teaching about Henna and Danielle Fortin teaching Getting Up To Speed About Roller Derby. Fortin will talk about the popularity of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby and different ways in which people can participate.

Lunch will be included with all day-long classes. Utility/Clothes Basket and Henna have lab fees.

For a full listing of courses, or to register for any of the above workshops, visit www.lewiston.maineadulted.org. People interested in classes can also call 207-795-4141 for more information and to register.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 11, 2017 | Read more in: News

Fall College Transition Program To Teach Time Management, Scholarship Searches

 

College Transition Program instructor Amy Hatch presents Susanna Straight with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the spring semester’s College Transition Program.

 

People looking to prepare for college and for scholarship help can sign up for the fall session of the College Transition Program at Lewiston Adult Education.

 

The free program reviews reading, writing and math skills in a college-style setting. It will include an expanded focus on time management as well as finding and applying for scholarships.

 

Class begins Sept. 12 at Lewiston Adult Education's suite at the B Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston. The 14-week fall session will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

 

Students will visit the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College, Central Maine Community College and Kaplan University during the semester. Representatives from Northeast Technical Institute, the Maine Educational Opportunity Center and the Finance Authority of Maine will make classroom appearances.

 

Call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141 to start the application process, to schedule a CASAS assessment or to find out more about the program

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 9, 2017

 
 

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