Archive: September 2015
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
by Michael Reagan
on September 30, 2015
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.
by Michael Reagan
on September 28, 2015
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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
by Michael Reagan
on September 11, 2015
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