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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

"Good welders are in high demand."

“Good welders are in demand. If you can put down a good weld, you will get a job,” John Clements, Lewiston Adult Education Welding instructor explains.

John Clements and Mike Cyr are welding instructors at Lewiston Adult Education. Together, they teach the Welding Certificate program, which provides 90 hours of instruction and lab within the 15 weeks of training. Both Clements and Cyr began their Welding training in Lewiston, and they agree that what makes Lewiston Adult Education unique is the progression of the welding knowledge and hands-on lab experience that give students “miles and miles of practice.”

The Welding Certificate program in Lewiston emphasizes safety. “Safety is key,” Mike Cyr states. There is a lot of smoke, heat, sparks, and gasses, so “a welder should be very detail oriented and have the proper knowledge of safety procedures.”

In addition to the foundational safety training, anyone who participates in the Welding program will learn the basics of gas metal arc welding, also known as MIG Welding. Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as TIG welding, are included. Students begin welding in the flat position, then progress to horizontal, vertical, and overhead. Students begin with 6011 and progress to 7018 1/8” electrode rod welding; this includes the whole process from how to set the proper amps, position, travel speed, and proper bead needed for a strong weld.

What are the characteristics of a good welder? Cyr describes, “Someone who is dependable, willing to work hard, eager to learn new processes of welding, someone who is flexible and reliable.” Clements adds, “Good vision and hand-eye coordination. Also, it’s important to have the ability to take some criticism. I’m familiar with some stringent weld inspectors, and they still get me on the smallest of details. So ultimately those critiques make you a better welder.”

Clements and Cyr agree that Lewiston Adult Education “helps students to be able to do any projects – at home or on the job.” The course is customizable and can prepare you to meet your goals. Both Clements and Cyr currently work at Pathway Metroflex.


For more information on the Welding Certificate, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141 or look online at www.lewistonadulted.org. Classes start January 29th.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 21, 2014 | Read more in: News

Fall Courses Posted!

LAE has a variety of Academic, Workforce Training and Personal Enrichment courses starting up this Fall Semester.

 

This Fall, the Enrichment program will be featuring over a dozen classes on Do-It-Yourself, or "DIY" projects, including:

Aromatherapy: Beyond Lavender

Basics of Alterations and Tailoring

DIY Baby Shower Gift: Diaper Cake

DIY Groceries & Emergency Preparedness

DIY Home Repair for Beginners

DIY Landscaping/Hardscaping

Making Great Beer at Home

Preserving the Harvest: Canning and Freezing Tomatoes

Small Engine & Power Equipment Repair

Traditional Chair Caning

Wine Making 101

Woodworking

We will also be offering some brand-new fitness classes, including Bokwa, Cardio Kickboxing, and P90X. As well as many other new and returning classes and workshops in a variety of subjects.

 

LAE's Workforce Training program will again offer courses for our Clerical, Accounting Assistant and Medical Office certificate, as well as many computer technology and trades courses.

A brand new series on Computer & IT Science will be offered, which is comprised of Computer Hardware Fundamentals, Operating Systems and Troubleshooting and Home Networking.

A CNA training course will also be offered in the fall.

 

Academic classes that offer credit towards a High School Diploma or College Prerequisites will also be available. GED, Adult Basic Education and ESOL classes are available as well on an ongoing basis. The College Transition Program will be offered starting in September.

 

Registration is now open! For a full listing of LAE's fall courses, click here. For more information on LAE programming, or to sign up for a class, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 23, 2013 | Read more in: News

Summer Classes Start July 9

Lewiston Adult Education has a variety of courses available this summer for those interested in gearing up for college, finishing a Diploma/GED, or building workforce/computer skills. Most classes start July 9th.

Back by popular demand is our Culinary Arts Certificate course. Join Chef Dan Caron at the Green Ladle and prepare to launch a career in the restaurant/catering/hospitality business!

This summer LAE has newly expanded computer offerings . Computer classes will be available at a variety of levels, from the basics- such as Keyboarding and Intro to Computing & the Internet - to specific office programs such as MS Excel and Quickbooks . Courses in online content management, including Wordpress for Beginners and Advanced Web Design , will also be available this summer.

Many of the above classes also count as credit towards LAE's Clerical Office, Accounting Assistant, and Medical Office Certificate programs. For information on enrolling in a Certificate program, contact Elayne Bean at 795-4141.

As always, High School Diploma and College/Nursing School prerequisites will be available, including Algebra I , Applied Algebra & Math Review , Biology , Chemistry and Critical Reading .

Ongoing GED , ESOL and Adult Basic Education courses are also available at the Adult Learning Center. Call 784-2928 for information on these programs.

Please don't hesitate to contact the LAE office at 795-4141 if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a class. We hope to see you this summer!

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 11, 2013 | Read more in: News

Summer College Transition Program now accepting applications

Lewiston Adult Education is now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 College Transitions Program. This program is designed for individuals looking to increase their earning potential by earning a two or four year degree. Any GED/High School Diploma-holding resident of Androscoggin County accepted to the program may enroll at no cost.

Designed to help students prepare for, get accepted to, and be successful in college, the College Transitions Program provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing, and math in a setting which simulates an actual college environment. Students who have been away from the classroom benefit from working in a college-style setting before enrolling in college. This transitional step saves students much of the time and energy that is typically spent adjusting to a new environment, and allows them to better focus on their studies.

Each semester, the course is specifically formatted to meet the current students' needs. By the end of the course, students will have developed the study habits and time management skills that will work best with their individual learning styles.

Other obstacles unrelated to academics, such as the college application process, financial aid issues, and any logistical challenges unique to the student, will also be addressed in the College Transition Program.

Three sections of the College Transition Program are available: 1) Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am-Noon; 2) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm; or 3) Wednesdays 9:00 am-3:00 pm. College Transition Program classes will begin May 21st and meet at the B-Street Community Center.

Applications are currently being accepted. Interested candidates must contact Elayne Bean at 795-4141 to schedule an advising appointment prior to registration.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on April 3, 2013 | Read more in: News

Regional sample of adult education students predict another four years for Obama

Last week, despite Hurricane Sandy, almost 4500 adult learners from adult education centers across New England participated in mock elections designed to prepare them for casting real ballots on election day. According to this sample of adult students, President Obama will win by a large majority (84%), Massachusetts will not allow life-ending medication for the terminally ill or the medical use of marijuana, Rhode Island will allow casino gambling in Newport, Maine will keep its ban on gay marriage, and several states will pass bond initiatives.

The mock elections were coordinated by the non-partisan Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign, which aims to educate adult students about the electoral process, help them learn about the campaign issues and ballot questions, and mobilize them to participate in the democratic process on November 6. The mock elections also provide an opportunity for hundreds of immigrants who cannot vote to learn how electoral politics work in the United States.

VERA, a project of the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education, is one response to statistics showing that adults who have not completed a high school education are the least likely to vote. In the 2010 election, only 25% of U.S. adults lacking a high school diploma voted compared to 39% of high school graduates and 60-70% of adults with a college or advanced degree.

During the past four federal elections, VERA has provided resources that help adults discuss the civic issues that matter to them, research candidate views on those issues, analyze campaign advertising, and learn about voter rights and responsibilities.

On election day, hundreds of newly-registered adult learners will vote for the first time. They are eager to exercise this right and to see how the actual state and national results compare to their mock election tallies.

 

New England VERA Results

 

President/Vice President

 

 

Barack Obama/Joe Biden

Democratic Party

3660

Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan

Republican Party

598

Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala

Green Party

41

Gary Johnson/James Gray

Libertarian Party

120

Write-in

 

 

4

Total

 

 

4423

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Senate

 

 

Murphy

 

Democratic Party

534

McMahon

 

Republican Party

158

Total

 

 

692

 

 

 

 

Maine Senate

 

 

 

Dill

 

Democratic Party

341

Summers

 

Republican Party

63

King

 

Independent Party

220

Total

 

 

404

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Senate

 

 

Warren

 

Democratic Party

1201

Brown

 

Republican Party

209

Total

 

 

1410

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire Governor

 

 

Hassan

 

Democratic Party

911

Lamontagne

 

Republican Party

485

Babiarz

 

Libertarian Party

2

Total

 

 

404

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on November 6, 2012 | Read more in: News

LAE Awarded FAME Maine College Access Grant

Lewiston Adult Education (LAE), in partnership with College for ME Androscoggin and World Education, has been awarded a new Maine College Access Grant for 2013. These funds will support LAE in developing a county-wide network to address resiliency and retention throughout AndroscogginCounty. LAE’s College Transitions instructors, Adult Basic Education teachers, and advising staff will take an active role in the projects tied to the grant.

LAE’s College Transition Program has been helping adults in AndroscogginCounty reach their education and career goals since 2000. The program utilizes a simulated college setting to help adults refresh the academic and study skills they will need to be successful in college. Participants in the program also receive support throughout the college and financial aid application process.

These grant funds were received from FAME and the Maine College Access Challenge Grant. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the free College Transition Program to advance their educational and career aspirations can contact Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on September 25, 2012 | Read more in: News

 
 

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