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Superintendent Levesque honored with Distinguished Service Award

Levesque & Giles

Lewiston Adult Education Director Eva Giles and Lewiston Superintendent Leon Levesque

 

Lewiston Superintendent Leon Levesque was recently honored by the Maine Adult Education Association with their Distinguished Service Award.

Levesque’s active interest in adult learning, his creativity in increasing opportunities for adults in Lewiston, and his commitment to advocating for Adult Education at state and local levels gained him recognition from the members of Maine Adult Education Association.

Lewiston Adult Education Director Eva Giles finds Levesque to be the ultimate model of lifelong learning. "Mr. Levesque attends every graduation ceremony, and each time reminds us that it is his favorite night of the year. He truly understands the challenges these students have overcome. He has an immense amount of respect for our learners, and wants to be there to celebrate their achievements and encourage them to continue learning."

Levesque also received applause for his initiative utilizing Lewiston Adult Education to conduct professional development and other technology trainings for school department faculty and staff. Lewiston Adult Education has continued to have success providing customized trainings to the school department and to area businesses as well.

Although Levesque will be retiring from Lewiston at the end of the year, his 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.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 13, 2010 | Read more in: News

Adult Graduate Inspires Family, Friends

David Trask, his daughter Samantha Trask, and friend Samuel Heikkinen prepare for the Graduation Ceremony.

On June 8th,  surrounded by hundreds of family members, friends, teachers and advocates, more than 170 adults graduated from Lewiston Adult Education with their GED or High School Diploma.

These individuals, ranging in age from the late teens to mid-50’s, juggled jobs, family and school as they put in the hundreds of hours of work required to complete high school credit or prep for the rigorous GED exams. Many of these graduates returned to Lewiston Adult Education to complete their High School Credential to enhance their qualifications for a job, go on to college or simply to fulfill long-held goals.

One member of the class of 2010, David Trask, was recognized for returning to finish his GED after a decade-long hiatus. Although he left high school nearly 34 years ago, Trask returned to start working on his GED in 1990. In 1991 Trask left without completing his GED, only to return in 2009, when he resumed working with the same teacher, Don Roux.

“When David first came here I had hair and teeth!” Roux joked during Graduation.

Trask had returned to finish his GED after his full-time position as a school bus driver was reduced to part-time. Trask needed a full time position, and as he began his job search, he found that all of the jobs he wanted required a High School Diploma or GED. 

“I realized that I really did need my GED to get a good-paying job, that a GED would open doors for me. And I wanted to set a good example for my kids.”

Trask was certainly successful setting an example for others. When Trask returned to the Adult Learning Center, did not come alone. As he resumed work on his GED, he encouraged his grown children to join him.

Trask said “I started going to classes, and said to my daughter, ‘Look, I’m doing it!’ So she started going, and then two of her friends started going!”

At the ceremony on June 8th, Trask marched across the stage followed by his daughter, Samantha Trask, her boyfriend, and another friend of hers. Trask’s son is still working on his GED at Lewiston Adult Education, but Trask hopes to watch him graduate next year.

Trask said, “I’m sorry it took losing my full-time position to get me going again. But it’s never too late- I’ve seen folks older than me there! I want to show others that if we can do it, they can too.”

Also recognized at the graduation ceremony were those who completed workforce training certification programs, including CNA, Clerical Certificate, Culinary Arts Certificate, Medical Office Certificate and Welding Certificate. Participants in the College Transitions Program and the Career Transitions: Health Care Edition program.

For information on Lewiston Adult Education programs, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on June 18, 2010 | Read more in: News

New Course! Automotive Essentials for Kids & Teens

 Does a child or young adult in your life have an interest in cars?  Would you like to spend a few hours with them learning about cars? Well this is a great opportunity to spend some time together as you both learn a little about how an automobile works, how to deal with unexpected (but common) car problems, and how to keep a vehicle running safely.

This four hour class will focus on the systems covered in the Maine State Inspection procedure. Participants will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and perform an inspection in the automotive repair shop at Lewiston Regional Technical Center. Additional basic skills will also be covered, including the use of jumper cables, changing a flat, fluid inspection and other general knowledge topics. The instructor will also share information about the automobile industry and career opportunities.

Appropriate for ages 10 & up. All youth must register with an adult; an adult may accompany up to two youth. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Saturday, March 27th, 9:30-1:30. $25 + $10 lab per parent & youth, $5 + $5 lab for an additional youth. Call 795-4141 to register.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on February 24, 2010 | Read more in: News

New Bridges to Employment Training Series

Bridges To Employment

These five interactive modules are intended to assist those preparing for a job change to get the skills necessary to launch a successful employment transition. Each segment of the series is designed to address particular component of job search and acquisition process, from identifying transferrable skills commonly requested in job ads to enhancing abilities requested by local employers. You may take each module individually or all five as a series. If you register for and complete the entire series, your total registration fee will be discounted by $20

Developing a Personalized Career Pathway

Tue/Thu, Feb 2-11

 

Providing Excellent Customer Service

Tue/Thu, Feb 23-March 4

 

OSHA 10

Tue/Wed/Thu, March 16-18 & 25

 

Computer Basics for the Workplace

Tue/Thu, Apr 6-15

 

Effective Applications, Resumes and Interviews

Tue/Thu, Apr 27-May 6

 

All courses meet from 5:00-7:30 at LHS.

$15 per workshop, or $55 for the complete series.

FMI Call Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141

or visit www.lewistonadulted.org

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 28, 2010 | Read more in: News

Business, Marketing and Professional Development at LAE

LAE Business & Marketing courses are designed for both small business owners and employees looking to build skills for current or prospective work. These courses also serve as excellent and affordable professional development opportunities for area businesses and employees.

Courses will include The Essentials of Effective Leadership and Introduction to Online arketing & Search Engine Optimization, as well as a one-day workshop, Introduction to E-Mail Marketing using Constant Contact. Two online business courses, Entrepreneurship and Supervision, will also be offered through LAE this winter.

A Web Design Intensive will also be offered, in which participants will construct a website from scratch and learn to maintain it themselves. This course is also ideal for anyone with a small business or hobby they would like to share online.

Office skills courses will also be available, including a full-semester (15 week) course in Office Practice, for those new to office work, as well as two six-week courses in MS Excel I and MS Excel II. For those in need of more concise professional development options, Saturday intensive workshops will be held in MS Excel and in MS Word this March.

For more information on any of the above Lewiston Adult Education classes, or to see our full list of over 120 available courses this winter, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 12, 2010 | Read more in: News

Registration Open!

Registration is now open for Winter/Spring courses at Lewiston Adult Education! Over 120 courses will be offered to support members of the community looking to further their education, enhance work skills, or enjoy spending time learning a new type of art, craft or cuisine.

Numerous new and returning courses in arts, crafts, cooking, gardening, health and fitness, writing, dance and music, and even local history will be available this winter. Some courses are offered as a weekly series, others meet as one-night workshops.

Computer Technology skill-building classes will also be offered at a variety of levels this winter. Students can begin with the basics, in courses such as Absolute Beginner Computers, Computer Literacy, and Keyboarding Skills. Those with more computer experience can take classes to develop expertise in areas such as PC Maintenance, graphic and web design, and in specific programs including MS Excel, QuickBooks and Adobe Photoshop.

Certificate Programs will be available to those interested in building in-depth skills for a particular career field. Classes in the following Certificate Programs will be offered this fall: the Clerical Certificate, the Accounting Assistant Certificate, the Medical Office Certificate, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and the Welding Certificate. All workforce training courses are taught hands-on and instructed by professionals highly experienced in their respective fields.

New courses in business, professional development, leadership, and entrepreneurship will also be available. Computer, Certificate, and Business Training courses will be starting the week of February 1st.

For adults interested in transitioning to college, the College Transition Program and Career Transitions: Health Care Edition will be available. These programs offer support for adults who would like some direction as they begin their college and career planning, guidance evaluating their financial aid options, and assistance refreshing academic skills. College Transitions courses will begin the week of January 11th.

High School Diploma, GED and college prerequisite classes will be offered for those interested in working towards a high school credential. Academic and career advising is also available. Call 795-4141 for more information on academic classes and advising opportunities.

For more information on any courses or to register, visit lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 4, 2010 | Read more in: News

College & Career Transitions

This winter Lewiston Adult Education will be offering programs to assist adults interested in transitioning into college. These programs are available at no cost to participants. They are designed to offer support and academic skill refreshing for adults who have spent time away from an academic setting.

These programs will provide support as participants think about which kinds of college programs and careers they would like to pursue. Adults in these programs will use skill and interest inventories to learn about which kinds of careers they might find most rewarding.

In the College Transition Program, and the Career Transitions: Health Care Edition Program participants will review the reading, writing, math and computer skills that will be necessary to do college-level work. Students will also practice study skills that will have been proven successful for many adults in college. The "Career Transition: Health Care Edition" participants will also refresh the science skills needed for work in a degree program in the health sciences.

Participants in these programs will tour area campuses and network with faculty and staff from a variety of college departments.

In the Career Transitions: Health Care Edition program special emphasis is given to health care careers. Partnering with the Health Care Action Team, participants will have access to extensive career networking and exploration opportunities in the health care field.

During the program, participants will complete college and financial aid applications, and learn about scholarships available specifically to adults entering college.

These programs will begin the week of January 11th, will and offer flexible day and evening meeting times. Acceptance to the program is based upon the submission of a completed application by January 5th, the successful completion of a CASAS assessment, and an interview with the program coordinator. For more information visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 753-6420.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on December 14, 2009 | Read more in: News

Director Eva Giles & CTP Alum Mary Lou Thibodeau Honored

This past Friday, December 4th, College for ME Androscoggin honored three members of the Lewiston Adult Education community at their annual awards luncheon.

LAE Director Eva Giles was honored with a special award for all she has done to support adult college aspirations, both as a partner to the local colleges and College for ME, and as an advocate for adult learners. Jan Phillips, in presenting the award, described Giles as "a spark-plug in the community, the hardest working person I know." Those of us who work with Eva on a daily basis know just how true that is!

LAE College Transitions Program alum and current CMCC student Mary Lou Thibodeau also was recognized for her exceptional work overcoming issues with finances and confidence to become model college student. She now helps out as CMCC as a student leader and mentor to her fellow college students. As Thibodeau accepted her award, she took a moment to thank her College Transitions Program instructor, Roger Guay, for all the support he offered her along her journey to becoming a successful college student.

Also, Superintendent of Lewiston Schools Leon Levesque was honored with a Student Advocate award for his work supporting college aspirations at all ages, pre-K through Adult. Levesque has been the champion behind numerous initiatives that help students start thinking about their college plans early, including the LRTC school of Health Sciences, the LRTC engineering program, and the Aspirations Labs at the Middle and High School, just to name a few.

Read the Sun Journal article about the College for ME Androscoggin Luncheon here: Awards honor 4 inspiring students.

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on December 10, 2009 | Read more in: News

Sun Journal Sunday: "Foodies filling Lewiston cooking classes"

Sun Journal reporter Bonnie Washuk visits a Lewiston Adult Education cooking class to investigate the current "foodie" trend. See the full story here:

 http://bit.ly/6E2WJJ

 

CAUTION: Do not read if you are hungry!

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on November 30, 2009 | Read more in: News

LAE Learners featured in Museum L-A's latest exhibit!

Come see Museum L-A's new exhibit, "Rivers of Immigration: Peoples of the Androscoggin," exploring the flow of diversity in Lewiston-Auburn.

Generations ago, people from Ireland, Canada, Greece, Lithuania, Italy and many other lands were the new people in town. Different languages and cultures set them apart. Over time, their assimilation into the community became the community. New immigrants are now calling Lewiston-Auburn home.

HEAR the stories and SEE the faces of the people who have joined our community. FOLLOW a Timeline that traces the flow of diversity in L-A. ADD your own story to the Interactive Writing Wall. 

Many students from the Lewiston Adult Learning Center are involved and have shared their stories to help make this exhibit possible!

For additional information, see the write up on Lewiston Adult Education’s Facebook Page or contact Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or http://www.museumla.org

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on November 18, 2009 | Read more in: News

 
 

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