Archive: August 2015
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 ww.lewistonadulted.org or call (207) 794-4141.
by Michael Reagan
on August 13, 2015
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 https://www.lewistonadulted.org/students.php?course=cooking
by Michael Reagan
on August 5, 2015
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