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New classes coming to Lewiston Adult Education in October

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.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 28, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education announces grant for job instruction with Argo Marketing

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
(207) 753-9001.

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on September 11, 2015 | Read more in: News

Cake Decorating Tips from a Pro Coming Oct. 6 to Lewiston Adult Ed

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

 

Posted by Michael Reagan  on August 5, 2015 | Read more in: News

CNA Ready2Work class comes to Lewiston Adult Education on Aug. 10

People interested in preparing for a career as a certified nursing assistant can sign up for introductory training at Lewiston Adult Education. The class is being held on Aug. 10.

“Health care continues to be a very in-demand job field, and the Ready2Work class lets people prepare for a new career. We have already celebrated a new group of CNAs graduating this summer. Next month, we will be ready to help those looking to make a move into a new career,” Lewiston Adult Education Director Eva Giles said.

The class will prepare students for the Maine state certified nursing assistant program Lewiston Adult Education runs with St. Mary’s Health System. Topics include confidentiality, critical reading and computer skills. The first 100 hours in the program will help them become familiar with employee expectations for CNAs.

Students will earn a readiness certificate with a successful completion of the class. The certificate is recognized throughout the health care industry.       

People interested in the Ready2Work training in conjunction with the CNA class may contact the Lewiston Career Center at 207-753-9001 for more information. The class can be free if approved by the Career Center and if participants are eligible.

Anyone with additional questions may contact the Lewiston Career Center at (207) 795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 29, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education Faculty Members Honored

   

Anne Kemper and Amy Poland at the Maine Adult Education Association awards luncheon.

 

Two members of the Lewiston Adult Education faculty were recognized at the Maine Adult Education Association annual awards luncheon on June 18. Anne Kemper was honored with the Gerald R. Levasseur Award, and Amy Poland was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Anne Kemper has been the Adult Basic Education Counselor/Coordinator with LAE for over 30 years. Ms. Kemper was a founding member of the Adult Learning Center faculty, and in throughout her tenure instilled the value of community into every aspect of the Center’s programming and culture. Adult learners face many barriers, but Ms. Kemper tackles each one of their challenges and provides the support and encouragement needed to keep students moving forward. Her commitment to the larger community of lifelong learning extends well beyond the Adult Learning Center. She is actively involved with the Lewiston Public Library, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and Androscoggin Head Start and Childcare. As Rick Speer, Lewiston Public Library Director, noted, “Anne is always looking out for her students, and always ready to go to bat for them in order to help them achieve their education and workplace aspirations.”

Students and colleagues alike recognize Ms. Kemper as an inspirational leader who faces each challenge head-on to create a professional learning environment. She raises people up, and constantly nurtures the lifelong learning community.

Although Ms. Kemper will be retiring this summer, her impact on the Lewiston Adult Education program will have a lasting effect not only on adult learners in Lewiston, but adult learners and Adult Education programs across the state.

Amy Poland, Lewiston Adult Education’s College Transition Program instructor, was recognized for her work helping adult learners develop the academic skills and confidence to pursue a college degree. Ms. Poland helps her students set goals, anticipate barriers, and develop persistence and resiliency by embedding a reflective way of thinking into her daily interactions with students. Ms. Poland utilizes the cohort model to foster a culture of community among her students: her students support and encourage one another in the same manner that she supports and encourages them. In addition to her work in Lewiston, Ms. Poland has worked tirelessly to create opportunities in Lisbon and RSU 16. She was also recognized for her leadership as a teacher coach with the College and Career Readiness Standards.

Although Ms. Poland will be leaving the classroom to take on the role of ABE Counselor/Coordinator following Ms. Kemper’s retirement, the work she did to develop the College Transitions curriculum will have a lasting impact on college-bound adults for years to come.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 18, 2015 | Read more in: News

Summer Courses Posted!

Registration is now open for Lewiston Adult Education's summer courses!

Interviews for our CNA program will be held May 19 & 21 at 4:00 pm here at LHS, and the program will start June 2.

The College Transition Program will also start June 2. This is a great opportunity for adults interested in pursuing a college degree to brush up on their academic skills, receive help during the financial aid process, and to get ready to start college classes in the fall.

Also starting in June is our Culinary Arts Certificate course. This program is designed to give participants hands-on experience in the many aspects of the food service industry.

MS Excel I & II will be held in July and August.

Starting in July, High School Diploma/College Prerequisite courses will be held, including Algebra I and Critical Reading & Technical Writing.

HiSET (formerly GED), ESOL, and Adult Basic Education classes will be held on an ongoing basis at the Adult Learning Center. A Citizenship class is scheduled to start June 11th.

For more information on any of these programs, feel free to give us a call at 795-4141.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on May 7, 2015 | Read more in: News

Did you know...

According to a recent University of Glascow study, "creative craft hobbies such as quilting can be a meaningful vehicle for enhancing wellbeing."

If you have some sewing experience and want to give quilting a try, join us for "Quilted Table Runner," starting Tuesday, March 10!

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 17, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education's W/S '15 courses are posted!

Lewiston Adult Education's Winter/Spring 2015 courses will be starting in the coming weeks. Over 100 courses in a variety of subjects will be available to help you achieve your goals in 2015!

Academic:

Diploma, HiSET (formerly GED), and College Transition courses are being offered starting in late January.

Workforce Training:

Ten computer courses will be available, in addition to our trades programming (including welding and small engine repair). As always, courses for our Clerical, Accounting Assistant, and Medical Office Certificate programs will be offered.

Personal Enrichment:

A large variety of enrichment classes, ranging from one-night seminars to more in-depth weekly courses, are scheduled to start throughout the winter and spring.

Arts, [Link]Crafts, Dance, and Music classes are available to bring out your creative side.

Over a dozen Cooking classes will be offered- both for those looking for some healthy cooking inspiration, and for those looking to treat themselves to something a little more indulgent!

Many more courses in Personal Finance and Future planning, Wellness & Self-Improvement, Home & Garden, and Languages will be offered.

Finally, we will be holding over a dozen one-day workshops on our semi-annual Super Saturday, to be held March 21st.

To browse a full listing of LAE's Winter/Spring courses, click here. You can register online, by calling us at 795-4141, or by visiting our office at 156 East Ave. We hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 21, 2015 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Adult Education's Fall '14 Semester is now posted!

We have over 100 classes this Fall to help you reach your goals- whether you want to further your education, build a new skill for work, learn a new hobby, get published, or just meet some new people!

We've got dozens of new and returning Art, Jewelry-making, and Craft classes for those looking to get creative with their hands.

We'll also be offering several new Cooking classes, including "Thai Cooking: Vegetarian," "Easy & Delicious Gluten-Free Cooking," and "Cake Decorating."

In addition to our regular Ballroom classes, we've added a few new Dance & Performance classes, including "Improvisation: The Basics" and a no-partner-required "West Coast Swing."

You'll find several different seminars on Personal Finance, including a new workshop on "The A's, B's, C's, and D's of Medicare."

We have over a dozen Health & Wellness classes to help keep you feeling your best- from the the start of the school year right up through the holidays!

Home & Garden classes will also be offered: Learn to reduce household toxins before you close up your home for the winter in "Sustainable Housekeeping," build some new handy-man (or woman!) skills in "Woodworking," or get your snowblower ready for winter in "Small Engine Repair."

As always, we've included a few Just for Fun classes for folks who want to get out in the community and learn something new!

For those looking to build computer skills for work or for fun, we have over a dozen computer classes, from "Computer Basics for Seniors" to "Business Computing," "Mail Merge" to MS Office skills (Excel, Access, etc.), Facebook to Pinterest, and much more.

Workforce Training Certificate classes will be offered for our Clerical, Accounting Assistant, and Medical Office Certificate programs. We'll also be offering a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class.

You'll also find info on our High School Diploma program, HiSET (formerly GED) prep classes, and English for Speakers of Other Languages at our website, www.lewistonadulted.org.

For adults interested in pursuing a college degree, we'll again be offering classroom and blended/online sessions of our free College Transition Program.

To simply browse all our Fall '14 courses at once, click here.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me by email (jcrabtree@lewistonpublicschools.org), or give us a call at 795-4141. We hope to see you in the fall! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 20, 2014 | Read more in: News

Summer Culinary Arts Certificate

Lewiston Adult Education will be offering the Culinary Arts Certificate Program this July and August. Designed to fully prepare participants for entry-level work in the food service industry, this summer program provides over 84 hours of instruction, plus opportunities for students to practice their new skills through work in various professional catering functions.

Graduates of this program have gone on to get culinary jobs in local restaurants, franchises, hospitals, nursing homes, country clubs, and catering businesses. Some have advanced to head chef and management positions, and others have become proprietors of their own catering companies.

The Culinary Arts Certificate Program teaches students how to create delicious soups, sauces, desserts and pastries, and includes hands-on learning opportunities in broil, breakfast, meat, fry, sauté, seafood, and starch cookery.

In addition to cooking and baking, the Culinary Arts Certificate Program also emphasizes business aspects of restaurant work. Participants in the program learn about the ten positions of operating a restaurant, menu writing, managing food costs, completing production, ordering procedures, and grande manager.

The summer Culinary Arts Certificate Program will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, from July 8 through August 21. The fee for the program is $300, plus a $285 lab fee. However, program participants will have opportunities to work as compensated caterers as part of their learning throughout the summer. For more information on this and other Lewiston Adult Education programs, click here or call 795-4141.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 12, 2014 | Read more in: News

 
 

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