Archive: May 2017
Yahya Ismael has taught Arabic for the past academic year at Lewiston High School and will teach a one-night Basic Arabic class to kick off Lewiston Adult Education’s summer enrichment programs for families.
Catapults and robots will help to teach science lessons this summer as part of Lewiston Adult Education programming for parents and children.
The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) events will run from June to August. They are part of a collaboration between Lewiston Adult Education and a number of organizations, including 4-H and Bates College.
The first scheduled class is Basic Arabic taught by Yahya Ismael on June 27 at Lewiston High School. Ismael has taught Arabic to high school students for the past academic year and will give the one-night lesson a few weeks before his return to his home in Egypt.
Maisy Cyr of 4-H Youth Development will teach Physics Concepts on Aug. 1 and Fun with Catapults on Aug. 15. Chris Dorman of the Maine State Library will give lessons as part of the Aug. 22 Robots class. Doug Dumont of Lewiston High School’s Aspirations Lab with give tips in his Preparing for College class on Aug. 24.
All but one of the classes will be held at Lewiston High School. Nicole Hastings will host Discover Stars at Ladd Planetarium at Bates College on July 18.
The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.
by Michael Reagan
on May 24, 2017
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Lewiston Construction Training Program graduate Farah Djireh, left, and Lewiston Adult Education instructor Greg ates took part in the graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston
A group of Lewiston Adult Education students have gained construction and work readiness training along with work experience thanks to local partnerships.
The Lewiston Construction Training Program students celebrated their graduation on April 25 at Tree Street Youth Community Center in Lewiston. The graduates were Isaias Mulume, Farah Djireh, Abdulrazzaq Al Masoodi, Abdikani Abdulle and Hussameldin Eminire.
The program used the Integrated Education and Training model, which features class time on construction skills training and communications as well as working with local contractors. Students spent 16 to 24 hours each week on the job with H.E. Callahan, Industrial Roofing Corporation or Hahnel Brothers. Contractors also provided guidance and feedback about the content of the curriculum.
“Based on their input the curriculum included a Work Ready component, basic math (fractions, decimals, percentages), familiarity with basic hand and power tools and worksite safety training. Successful candidates graduate from the program with work ready, OSHA 10 and RRP (lead abatement) credentials as well as eight weeks of hands-on work experience,” Gorman Foundation Senior Program Associate Sara Gagne-Holmes said.
All the graduates had interviews with potential employers after the ceremony. Average wages in contracting are going up and many veteran workers are nearing retirement age, said instructor Jason Merritt.
“Right now, the construction industry is in dire need of skilled laborers and construction workers – carpenters, plumbers, electricians. It’s everywhere. You name the trade,” he said.
Merritt, who also teaches construction trades at Lewiston Regional Technical Center, said he and teachers at Central Maine Community College have gotten calls from contractors looking to make hires. If the construction industry does not find a solution to its shortage of workers, Merritt said jobs could be outsourced to other countries.
Along with members of the graduates’ families, the audience had many people who helped the program become a reality. They included contractors Brian Demshar of H.E. Callahan and John Ferland of Hahnel Brothers. Members of Western Maine Community Action, the Root Cellar, Tree Street Youth Center, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Lewiston CareerCenter, the City of Lewiston and the John T. Gorman Foundation also attended the ceremony. The Gorman Foundation provided support for program.
Workforce coach Kim Sullivan, Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant, instructor Jason Merritt and instructor Greg Yates spoke to the graduates and noted some of the challenges they had overcome. Misty Parker of Lewiston Economic Development and employer liaison Jamie O'Connell also congratulated students during the ceremony.
by Michael Reagan
on May 22, 2017
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