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Registration Open for Fall After-School Programs--See Main Page for Registration Forms

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on September 28, 2016 | Read more in: News

Free Classes Help Prepare Students for College

 Click here to view the February through May, 2015 Class Schedule.

 

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on February 6, 2015 | Read more in: News

RSU 13 Adult Education Graduates Twenty-Five Students

Congratulations to our twenty-five students who earned with GEDs, HiSETs or Adult Education diplomas this year!  We wish them every success in their next educational, professional, and personal pursuits.  Read more at the links below!

Penbay Pilot Article

Knox County Village Soup Article

Above: Graduates stand for a round of applause having just received their diplomas from Interim Superintendent of Schools, Michael Wilhelm.

Above: Mid-Coast Literacy Volunteers join in the celebration at Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

Above: Graduates Alicia Eagan and Casey Thomas are all smiles after participating in the ceremonies.

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 12, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

Customized Courses for Small Businesses

Our staff consultant works with you to assess your needs and to customize computer-based or business training for you and/or your staff.  Workshops are offered at the McLain School computer lab classroom in all topics covered in our array of computer, business and workforce courses. From Business Ethics and Customer Service to Cloud Computing and managing company Excel spreadsheets, we will work to design and deliver training for your own unique business needs.

 One-On-One Training & Consulting, $35/hour plus planning time

Small Group Training (up to 8 participants), $50/hour plus planning time

 “We have many different stages of Excel proficiency here at Lyman-Morse, but use the program on a daily basis. The custom Excel class was a perfect fit to bring us all up to speed and on a level playing field. It worked so well, we’re doing a third class for our employees this year.  We’re very excited about the classes as we see our employees continue to excel.” -Bill Belyea, Lyman Morse

 "Cathy worked with me one-on-one to create a Cloud Computing option to access my files at home and at my shop. She got me past the spot where I was stuck and pointed me in the right direction in just an hour."  -Rhonda Nortstrom, Rheal day spa   

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Cathy VanDyke at cvandyke@rsu13.org or call 594-9764.

 

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

RASA Students Paint Hope Elephants

Young artists participated in after-school programming at Rockland District Middle School to create six panels of a large-scale mural project. The students completed this work as part of our Youth Artists in Action program, which seeks to connect youth with their community through arts and service. The students were invited to engage their creative interpretation of themes such as Conservation Africa, African Ecology and Savanah & Forest Ecosystems. Their original art will find a permanent home at the Hope Elephants barn in Hope. Students were guided in this mural project by co-directing Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA) art instructors, Alexis Iammarino and Sarah Rogers. Students participated in the design, planning, preparation and painting of the mural panels. “My favorite part was the patterns. I liked transferring the designs and painting those shapes. It was fun because it had a purpose; it was for something,” said Annie Willis, grade 7. Marshall Camber (grade 5) said of the experience: “It was awesome. My favorite part to paint was my waterfall, because waterfalls are epic, and an important part of the elephants’ environment. We worked really hard on it. We worked for four weeks, for four hours a week.  That is sixteen hours!”

This project, like all of Hope Elephants educational and outreach programs this aims to raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants. “Hope Elephants is very excited for the mural project which has schools around Knox county working in groups to show different stories and information about elephants. The discussions and education about biology and the underlying conservation message are part of our core mission and we are excited to be stimulating the conversation in this unique way!” said Andrew Stewart, Director Hope Elephants. Funding for the event was provided by a grant secured by RSU13 Adult & Community Education.

 

Above: Student artists, from left to right:

Alexis Iammarino (instructor); Corbin Farnham; John Comeau; Marshall Camber; Samuel Hoch;

Chloe Dawson; Everett Allyn; Autumn Harvey; Katie Willis; Sarah Rogers (instructor)

Not pictured: Maisie Berard; Erin Corcoran; Isabella Marriner; Zachary Potter; Annie Willis”

 

Above: One of the six 4x8’ panels created by students

 

 

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on January 16, 2014 | Read more in: News

RSU13 ADULT EDUCATION AWARDED GRANT FROM THE BARBARA BUSH BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION T0 SUPPORT FAMILY LITERACY

 

On May 25th, former First Lady Barbara Bush announced awards totaling $310,000 to 14 communities in Maine to support her passion for parents and children reading and learning together.  The grants are awarded through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which funds local programs focused on reading, writing and language comprehension. RSU13 Adult Education received $25,000.00 to support their KNOW & GROW family literacy program, a partnership between Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and the Rockland Public Library.

 “The ability to read, write and comprehend empowers people to create brighter and more prosperous futures for themselves, their families and their communities,” said Mrs. Bush.  "The Foundation thinks it is important this year in hard times to volunteer more, give more money, and use our resources to support family literacy programs."

 The grantees were honored at a ceremony held at the George and Barbara Bush Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  Representatives from each program accepted their grant awards from Mrs. Bush and Doro Bush Koch, co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation.  They were joined by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, First Lady Ann LePage and Danielle Ripich, President of University of New England.

Applications were submitted by libraries, adult education programs, and public schools across the state - seven family literacy programs were selected to receive $25,000 each. “This award will enable us to continue the inter-generational, integrated family literacy work we began in July, 2011,” says Shannon M. Parker, Director of RSU13 Adult and Community Education. “We couldn’t be more thrilled at the news of this award.” In 2011-2012, Rockland enrolled twelve families. Parents work toward earning their high school credential while their children engaged in literacy-based activities at the library.

For more information on the Know & Grow Family Literacy Project, please call Beth A. Gifford of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine at 594-9764.

http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/rsu13-awarded-25-000-literacy-grant/835744 

 

Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 19, 2012 | Read more in: News

Senator Chris Rector Connects with RSU13 Adult Education

December 15, 2010

Senator Chris Rector joined adult learners at RSU13’s Adult Learning Center to discuss literacy, local employment and health literacy. Senator Rector is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, having served three terms in the House of Representatives. Senator Rector toured the facility, located at McLain School in Rockland, to better understand the depth and breadth of adult education offerings in the area. “I have always been a supporter of adult education and know its vital role in strengthening the fabric of our economic, familial and social community. Today was a chance for me to hear the individual stories of adults who benefit from this important community resource,” Senator Rector said.

Students at the Learning Center range in age from 16 to 70 and work on a variety of skill building including, GED preparation; literacy, health, beginning computers; English as a Second Language, and college preparation. R SU13 collaborates with Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine to provide direct instruction for students. Due to this partnership, students can work one-on-one with tutors in their area of academic need, and at their own pace. All services at the center are free and confidential. Senator Rector has a deep personal tie to this agency as his father, Fred Rector, was an active literacy volunteer for several years.

Senator Rector met with RSU13 Adult Education Director, Shannon M. Parker, to discuss the future of adult education and its role in the Many Flags initiative. “When we consider the future of economic development, adult education is a key factor in helping our adult citizens build skills and job readiness. Adult Education is where we get the biggest bang for our buck,” Rector added. Many of the 200 students served annually at the RSU13 site are returning to school after a long period of time in the workforce. Some are looking to enter college or change careers, while others attend the center to improve reading skills in order to more successfully engage in a child’s homework. “Adults who struggle with illiteracy and low skills often do not have a voice so it is vital that our state leaders speak for them,” says Parker.

The reasons behind Learning Center attendance are personal and powerful. For instance, Debbie, a local woman who struggled to read at the sixth grade level, sought the help of Adult Education when she realized her nine-year-old son was a more fluent reader. She’d dropped out of school in 10th grade, but now realizes how important a credential is for employment and for her family. She attends the center faithfully everyday and took her first official GED test yesterday in Language Arts. Stories of adult academic success are common throughout Maine, due in large part to the coordinated local programs offered throughout the state.

For more information on RSU13’s Learning Center, contact Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine’s Executive Director, Beth A. Gifford: 594-5154.  

 

Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 15, 2010 | Read more in: News

SPRING 2011 Brochure Coming Soon!

The RSU13 Adult Education Spring Brochure will be mailed by January 1, 2011.

Check your mailboxes for the printed version, or http://rsu13.maineadulted.org/ for online course listings.

Happy Holidays!

 

Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 8, 2010 | Read more in: News

A Beauty Visits Midcoast Schools

published by The Herald Gazette on October 29, 2010RSU13 Fourth grade students Josh Underdown and Jackie Hall participate in a workshop with Heartwood Regional Theatre Company's Millie Santiago.

RSU13 recently hosted Heartwood Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Nearly 700 students from Cushing Community School, South School, Lura Libby, Gilford Butler and Owl’s sat in awe as actors brought the famed fairy tale to life. Reactions to the experience were overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Second grader Katherine Freeman said, “My favorite part was when Belle FINALLY gave up and decided to marry the Beast and lived happily ever after with her husband!” Her classmate, Connor Bannow, focused on the moral of this fable: “I've noticed that all fairy tales teach a lesson. This lesson is that you shouldn't look at the outside for the true person, you should look on the inside.”

RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsored the events in collaboration with Heartwood Theatre of Damariscotta. Heartwood Goes to School is an educational outreach program bringing theater arts education and programming to midcoast schools in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties. The program is designed to allow K-12 students to experience many forms of performing arts including theater, mime, dancing, storytelling and puppetry. Heartwood Goes to School programming includes performances by professional Maine artists and theater arts workshops for students and teachers.

John Sommo, Principal of Owl’s Head School, was particularly impressed with the level of engagement the production afforded. “The performance was outstanding with students truly mesmerized by the acting, set and multimedia effects. It was especially rewarding to see the entire school warming up with the actors. The workshops offered an opportunity for all students to work on expression in a small group setting with professional guidance,” said Sommo.

RSU13 Adult and Community Education is dedicated to enhancing arts experiences for children in grades K-12. Last year, RSU13 students were exposed to a variety of artistic initiatives including Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf; Sleepy Hollow by The Frogtown Puppeteers; Atlantic Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker; performances by Old Grey Goose International, and a visit by local children’s author and illustrator, Chris VanDusen. In addition, RSU13 Adult and Community Education sponsors after-school arts clubs at Thomaston Grammar School, Rockland Middle School, and South School.  

 

Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 8, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

RASA Winter Catalog

The RASA winter catalog is here! Programs begin January 10th and continue through February 18th. To enroll in clubs, please call 594-2221. You can download the catalog here: www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA

 

Posted by Shannon Parker  on December 8, 2010 | Read more in: News