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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

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

Trimmer Wins Adult Education Teacher Of Year Award

 

 

          A lawyer who changed careers to teach adult education has picked up a top award.

            The Maine Adult Education Association presented Jessica Trimmer with its teacher of the year award on June 22 during its annual conference held at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.

            Trimmer joined Lewiston Adult Education in 2006 after working as a lawyer for four years. Tutoring international students at the University of Southern Maine as a University of Maine School of Law student got her interested in teaching. Trimmer has taught Adult Basic Education, English Speakers of Other Languages and citizenship classes in addition to assisting inmates at the Androscoggin County Jail get their high school equivalency.

            She credited her fellow teachers at the Adult Learning Center with helping her when she first started and for their continued support. Trimmer, who teaches intermediate English, said her students’ work ethic impresses her and how some may know from six to eight different languages.

             A comment she heard in class from a student talking about community got her thinking about the overall mission she has.

             “It struck me because the learning center is a place where we come in from different communities and become one,”she said.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on July 6, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Honors Graduates

Guest speaker Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, speaks at Lewiston Adult Education graduation on June 13.

 

Lewiston Adult Education students who persevered to get their high school certification made it through summer heat in the Lewiston High School gymnasium to hear cheers and applause Tuesday night.

The group of 30 students received their high school equivalency by successfully taking the HiSET exam though Lewiston Adult Education. The HiSET has replaced the GED in Maine and the students received lessons and academic support to prepare.

Fatuma Hussein, executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, was the guest speaker.  She told of her journey to the United States and talked about how to tackle future challenges, which included the importance of being courageous, never losing hope and giving back.

“Together we can build a better tomorrow,” she said.

Christelle Kasongowas the student speaker. The native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo told about some of her lessons in learning American English, especially when it came to accents.

Kasongo is fluent in six languages, including French, English, Swahili, Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo. Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo are spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while Swahili is used in eastern and southern African countries.

She took time in her speech to praise Adult Learning Center Coordinator Laurieanne Champagne and instructor Don Roux for their help.

“It’s women and men like Laurie and Don in adult education who show why being a teacher is such a noble job,” Kasongo said.

Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster spoke at the end of graduation and was the first to recognize the assembled students as graduates.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 15, 2017 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Graduation Set For June 13

 

Lewiston Adult Education will hold its graduation on Tues., June 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School gymnasium.

Fatuma Hussein of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Christelle Kasongo is the student speaker.

Family, friends and members of the community are welcome to attend.

For more information about the commencement ceremony, call Lewiston Adult Education at 207-795-4141.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on June 5, 2017 | Read more in: News

 
 

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