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Lewiston Stand-Up Students Prepare To Spread Laughter


Students in Lewiston Adult Education’s Standup Comedy Workshop posed for a picture with their teacher during a class at Lewiston High School. From left to right, Ivy Moser, Frank Spurr, Roger Poulin, Cecile Thornton, Anita Alef, instructor Dawn Hartill, Sean Crane and Stephen Amoroso. Seated are Amanda Kinsey and Chris Kinney.

 Adult education students will put their skills to the test by telling jokes in front of an audience at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café in Lewiston on April 8.

Members of the Stand-up Comedy Workshop class at Lewiston Adult Education have met for weeks with instructor Dawn Hartill to polish their stories and find ways to develop them into a series of jokes. Hartill, who has performed throughout New England, was a member of the first Stand-up Comedy Workshop class.

The show will be held on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Guthrie's Restaurant & Café on 115 Middle St. in Lewiston. It is open to the public at no charge.

Students meet for one evening a week at Lewiston High School. Hartill brings a microphone, microphone stand and amplifier in order for students to become comfortable with the technical setup in order to speak before an audience along with helping them hone deliveries and punchlines.

Comedians have made visits to the class to provide feedback, including Harold “Tuck” Tucker. Tucker also teaches the fall Improv class for Lewiston Adult Education    


Posted by Michael Reagan  on March 22, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston, Auburn provide options to adults seeking high school credential

A Lewiston Adult Education graduate and children head to the gym for commencement ceremonies in June 2018.


Lewiston Adult Education and Auburn Adult & Community Education are offering a free program for adults looking to get their high school credential.

The adult education programs both give the High School Equivalency test, the HiSET, which has replaced the GED as Maine’s high school equivalency exam. It consists of five subtests on a computer: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. People who are at least 17 years old and not enrolled in school may take the HiSET.

HiSET exam preparation and testing are free.  There are several convenient locations in Lewiston and Auburn.  The Adult Learning Centers, which are located in the lower level of Longley School on 145 Birch St. in Lewiston and 4th floor of Auburn City Hall on 60 Court Street are two locations. The third is Auburn Adult Ed’s office at Edward Little High School on 77 Harris St. in Auburn, which gives testing and lessons in the evening.

For more information, contact Auburn Adult & Community Education at 207-333-6661 or Lewiston’s Adult Learning Center at 207-784-2928.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on February 11, 2019 | Read more in: News

Cutups To Class Clowns Welcome To Join Lewiston Adult Ed’s Standup Comedy Workshop

Comedian Dawn Hartill will return to the classroom to guide aspiring comics in her Standup Comedy Workshop class this month at Lewiston Adult Education.


            An upcoming Lewiston Adult Education class will give students time in the spotlight to tell a few jokes.

            Standup Comedy Workshop begins on Feb. 28 at Lewiston High School. Comedian Dawn Hartill is returning to teach the class.

            Hartill was a member of the first Standup Comedy Workshop class at Lewiston Adult Education and based some of her earliest routines on experiences of being the mother of three teen boys. She has performed in shows throughout Maine and New England.

            Students will begin the class with ideas for a set and work with Hartill and classmates to hone their material and delivery. They will perform at Guthrie’s on 115 Middle St. in Lewiston in the early spring as their final exam.

            To register for Standup Comedy Workshop, go to or call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on February 8, 2019 | Read more in: News

Construction Training Program Has YouTube Video

Pete Gagnon, right, assistant director of Lewiston Regional Technical Center, goes over the basics of shock absorbers during one lesson in the Construction Training Program in 2018.


Community Concepts has created a video to show more about an upcoming workforce program with Lewiston Adult Education.

The Construction Training Program will provide hands-on work for student interested in entry-level positions in construction. It also will have classroom work covering topics including construction math and workplace safety. 

The program is scheduled to begin in February. 

Here is a link to the video:

The combined Winter-Spring 2019 brochure from Lewiston Adult Education and Auburn Adult & Community Education has a listing about the Construction Training Program on page A13.

Interested candidates will need to sign up to take the CASAS test and to register for the program's orientation, which is set for Feb. 5, by calling the Lewiston Career Center at 207-753-9001.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 11, 2019 | Read more in: News

Online Registration For Classes Includes $1.99 Fee

Online registration costs have gone to a per class registration fee at adult education programs in Maine.

Lewiston Adult Education and many others throughout the state rely on CourseStorm of Orono, Maine, to handle online listings registrations. 

The new $1.99 charge went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. It cannot be waived.

The charge is applied to credit and debit card purchases paying for classes through CourseStorm.

Before the start of the new year, online fees varied depending on the total cost of classes for which people paid.


Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 10, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education January 2019 Community Newsletter


Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 9, 2019 | Read more in: News

Mike Cyr Returns To Teach Welding At Lewiston Adult Education



Welding I teacher Mike Cyr, left, gets congratulated by Lewiston Adult Education Director Bill Grant on his retirement from his full-time welding job in 2018. Cyr will teach Welding I in the Winter-Spring 2019 semester as part of his retirement.


            Welding students will have a couple options to choose from in 2019 thanks to a returning teacher.

            Mike Cyr, who retired as a full-time welder in 2018, will teach Welding I again in the Winter-Spring 2019 semester at Lewiston Adult Education. He had taken the fall semester off when he began his retirement.

            Cyr’s return means adult education students will have Welding I and Welding II as class options in the new brochure. John Clements will teach Welding II on a different night in the Winter-Spring 2019 semester. Students may take both classes.

            Welding is one of a number of workforce classes offered at Lewiston Adult Education. Classes for the new semester will include Certified Nursing Assistant, Notary Public and Construction training. All class information is listed in the new brochure that has gone out to Lewiston and Auburn residents.

            For more information about welding classes and other workforce classes, head to the Lewiston Adult Education website at or call the main office at 207-795-4141.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 8, 2019 | Read more in: News

Lewiston, Auburn Adult Ed Continue Shared Brochure For 2019



Rebecca Schoen will teach the Cooking Matters class during the Winter-Spring 2019 semester for Lewiston Adult Education.  Lewiston and Auburn will have all classes listed in a joint brochure coming out in January.


Two local adult education programs are teaming up again for the Winter-Spring 2019 semester.

The joint brochure for Lewiston Adult Education and Auburn Adult & Community Education is scheduled to go out to Lewiston and Auburn mailboxes in early January. Readers will have to look at one side of the booklet and then turn it over to see both sides.

Auburn’s classes for the semester include new classes on Tiny Houses, Container Gardening as well as Introduction to Golden Prospecting. Returning favorites include Mary Dempsey’s Laughter Yoga along with another wellness class, Pound Fit.

Basic Car Repairs, Perennials and Portuguese top the list of new Lewiston classes. Comedian Dawn Hartill is coming back to teach Standup Comedy Workshop and Rebecca Schoen will serve as the instructor for Cooking Matters. Cooking Matters shows students how to prepare healthy meals and shop on a limited budget.

Lewiston’s workforce listing has information on two Certified Nursing Assistant programs and two welding classes. A separate page in the Auburn section provides information on the construction program.

For more information about the classes, head to Lewiston’s website, or call 207-795-4141.  Auburn’s website is and their main number is 207-333-6661.



Posted by Michael Reagan  on January 2, 2019 | Read more in: News

College Transition Program Has January Start In Lewiston

Amy Hatch, College Transition Program instructor, left, poses with College Transition Program graduate Bright Lukusa during a December graduation celebration at the B Street Community Center in Lewiston.


People looking to prepare for college and for scholarship help can sign up for the Winter-Spring 2019 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 on Jan. 15 at Lewiston Adult Education's suite at the B Street Community Center on 57 Birch St. in Lewiston. The 14-week session will have Tuesday and Thursday classes. 

Students will visit the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College and Central Maine Community College during the semester. Representatives from Northeast Technical Institute, the Maine Educational Opportunity Center and the Finance Authority of Maine will make classroom appearances to help students consider a number of education options.

 The session ends with a graduation celebration that includes previous CTP graduates giving advice about going to college or technical college. Bright Lukusa was one of four former CTP students to talk about topics including classes and financial aid.

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 December 31, 2018 | Read more in: News

LRTC Students Create Video Tour For Visitors

Lewiston Regional Technical Center students work on the opening shot in their video tour of the Lewiston High School campus.


            Multimedia students at Lewiston Regional Technical Center have put together a video tour of the various places to visit in the area of Lewiston High School to help visitors find their way.

            The two-minute video shows the new athletic fields behind Lewiston High School, the construction site of Connors Elementary School, LRTC, the Green Ladle, the gymnasium entrance at the rear of the high school and Lewiston Adult Education’s main office in the Lewiston High School lobby. LRTC shares the building with Lewiston High School.

            “The students did an outstanding job showing all the different destinations in the area by using the skills they have learned in Sylvie St. Amand’s class,” said Mike Reagan, education and marketing director for Lewiston Adult Education.

            Reagan thought of a video after working with LRTC students to create a commercial about Lewiston Adult Education.

            “I wanted to find a better way to show members of the public how to get to places around our building, but I lack all the video, editing and graphics skills the multimedia students have,” he said.

            It is posted on YouTube and will appear on the public access channel Great Falls Television. Here is the YouTube link:

            LRTC student Autumn Pomerleau hosts the video. Classmates who helped to create it include Kayla Harding, Dan King, Jillian Reissfelder, Kelen Painter, Nolan Perkins, Amber Veilleux and Cole Whitten. The students attend Lewiston, Oak Hill, Leavitt Area and Poland Regional high schools


Posted by Michael Reagan  on December 10, 2018 | Read more in: News


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