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156 East Ave. • Lewiston, ME 04240 • 795-4141 • Fax: 795-4173

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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 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 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 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:


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


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

Super Saturday 1-day workshops still available!

Lewiston Adult Education's semi-annual Super Saturday will be held this October 17th. Nearly a dozen courses are being offered for busy folks who want learn something new in a one-day workshop! The variety of different courses will include:

eBay Giving Works: Fund-Raising on eBay: Learn how to use eBay's fund-raising platform to get the word out about your charity or non-profit and generate a new source of revenue! 9:00-4:00, $37 plus $7 lab fee.

Enhance Your Digital Photos: Using MS Photo Editor, discover how you can make the most of your digital pictures, as well as how to share them with family and friends, and how to keep those pictures safe online. Participants will bring their own digital images on a disk to work with. 9:00-3:00, $27.

Jump Ring Jewelry: Create a matching necklace, bracelet and earring set using the fun and unique Jump-Ring technique! 9:00-12:00 noon, $18 plus $30 lab fee.

MS Excel Workshop: This course will help beginners gain a functional understanding of MS Excel. Learn to enter data, create formulas, and format spreadsheets. 9:00-3:00, $55.

MS Word in a Day: Review the basics of MS Word, and then move on to learn how to utilize the most useful features MS Word offers, including integrating graphics and spreadsheets, creating and controlling tables, bullets, mail merge, wizards and more. 9:00-3:00, $55.

Recycled Sweater & Fleece Mittens: Using one of your old sweaters and some new fleece, create a unique handmade pair of mittens that you will be glad to have this winter! 9:00-3:00, $32.

Seashell & Glass Sun Catcher: Join Jim Nutting of Maine Art Glass to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind stained-glass sun catcher in a day! 9:00-3:00, $27, $10 lab fee.

Lunch will be included with all day-long classes. For the full listing of courses, or to register for any of the above workshops, visit or call 795-4141.


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on September 25, 2009 | Read more in: News

Free program for adults interested in health care careers

With the Maine Department of Labor predicting that the Health Care & Social Assistance industry in Maine will grow by 17.8% by 2016, there has never been a better time for Mainers seeking secure jobs with family-sustaining wages transition to a career in health care.

According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy in 2006, a livable wage for a family of four in the Lewiston-Auburn area was considered $15.66/hour. The average wage in Maine for a radiologic technician is $19/hour, and for a Registered Nurse is $25/hour. There are countless other health care jobs that pay $20+ per hour, and all of these jobs offer employees opportunities to advance. There is no such thing as a "dead end job" in health care.

Right now health Care is an ideal field for an adult looking for a secure job with family-sustaining wages. Since most of these positions require at least some college, and many adults are reluctant to return to school after being away from the classroom, Lewiston Adult Education is offering free support in their "Transitions to College & Careers: Health Care Edition" program.

This program will help adults use their prior experience and knowledge to determine which types of health care jobs they would find most satisfying. Participants will also refresh the academic reading, writing, health science, math and computer skills needed for college-level work.

Representatives from area hospitals and from the local colleges will also be available each week to meet with program participants to help answer any questions they may have about college and health care work.

Time will also be devoted to helping participants actually fill out their college applications and financial aid forms. Participants will also learn about scholarships and financial assistance designed specifically for adults.

The next session of the "Transitions to College & Careers: Health Care Edition" program begins September 3rd. This program is offered at no cost to the participant. For more information, or to learn how to apply, visit or call Mina Matthews at 753-6420.



Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on August 4, 2009 | Read more in: News

Lewiston Courses Posted!

Registration is now open for all fall courses at Lewiston Adult Education! Courses will be available in academic subjects for high school diploma or college prerequisite credit, training will be offered in trades, business skills and computer technology, and just-for-fun enrichment workshops will be available on various kinds of arts, crafts, culinary delights, and health and wellness topics.

 Also, this fall Lewiston Adult Education is announcing a new intensive training program for those interested in entering a career in hospitality. This program, "Introduction to Hospitality Careers," offers participants up-to-date and hands-on training relevant to entry-level hospitality jobs, such as kitchen support, wait and service staff, and front desk and reservationist positions. Participants in this program will also learn about the in-demand customer service skills sought by employers today.

Job skills training will also be available in trades, including "Automotive Repair," "Culinary Arts," "CNA," "Small Engine and Power Equipment Repair," "Welding," and "Woodworking."

Training and skill-building is also available in numerous computer applications, at a variety of levels- from the introductory-level "Absolute Beginner Computers" and "Computer Literacy," to more advanced computer topics such as "QuickBooks," "MS Excel," "Video Game Programming" and "Web Design."

Courses for High School Diploma completion and college prerequisites will also be available, including "Algebra," "Applied Algebra," "Chemistry," "US History," and "Writing Workshop."

GED prep and testing is also continuously offered at the Adult Learning Center. To inquire about earning your GED, call 784-2928 ext. 2.

The "College Transition Program" and "Transition to College and Careers: Health Care Edition" program will both be available to members of the community at no cost this fall. These programs offer support and skill-refreshing to adults interested in attending college for the first time.

As always, dozens of just-for-fun personal enrichment classes will be offered throughout the fall season, including some new courses and workshops such as "American Military History," "Beginning Drawing," "Bulb Basics," "Dried Harvest Arrangement," "Local & Seasonal Desserts" and "Practical Family Nutrition," to name a few.

For more information, and an opportunity to win a free class, visit .




Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 28, 2009 | Read more in: News

Read the Sun Journal article on our 2009 Graduation

Follow this link to read the Sun Journal article on the 2009 Lewiston Adult Education Graduation!


Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on July 6, 2009 | Read more in: News


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