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THERE IS STILL TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA BEFORE GED SCORES ARE INVALID!

 

Effective January 2014 the State of Maine Department of Education made a decision to no longer administer the GED exam but this has been replaced by the High School Equivalency Test called HiSET TM    This will cover the same content areas as the current GED tests and certifies that a candidate's academic knowledge and skills are equal to those of a high school graduate.  It will also indicate which candidates are college and/or career ready. Mt Blue RSD Adult Education is an official HiSET testing site. Once all tests are successfully completed, a student will obtain their HSE, or High School Equivalency Diploma.

Because it covers the same content areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, test takers who started with GED will be able to finish by taking the remainder of their tests with HiSET. GED/HiSET scores can be combined only during 2014. This means that if you have passed some of your GED tests but have not completed all five tests, you may take the remainder of the HiSET tests to obtain your HSE Diploma. If you do not take the remaining tests in 2014, GED scores will be invalid and you will have to retake all five tests. In order to complete the exams in 2014 and receive your scores, testing will only be done through December 11.

There is still no charge to test takers for testing or preparation classes.  Students will be allowed to retest for any content area twice within twelve months at no additional charge. There is a fee for non-residents of Maine.

Students will need to meet the same requirements for HiSET as they did for GED to take the exams - minimum age requirement, photo ID,  pre-test and HiSET practice tests.

Accommodations will still be available for students with documented disabilities by applying on line at www.hiset.org. Accommodations include separate rooms, extended testing times, signed interpreted instructions,  large print, and scribes.

The Mt. Blue RSD Adult Education Office teachers and staff are available to answer any questions by calling 207-778-3460, Monday-Thursday 8:30-4 or just drop by at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you..remember that the last testing day for 2014 is DECEMBER 11!!

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on November 5, 2014

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education Graduation May 27, 2015

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education is announcing the upcoming graduation for their students who have successfully passed their High School Equivalency exams or obtained their Adult Education High School diplomas through the Adult Education Program. This ceremony will be held on May 27th  at 6:00 p.m. in the Bjorn Auditorium on the Mt. Blue Learning Center campus.  The students and staff welcome any family, friends and community members to attend.  Desserts will be served following the ceremony.

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on May 14, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

SPRING COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES ARE NOW ON LINE!

 

 

What is on your bucket list? Have you always wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Bake bread? Do calligraphy? Practice Tai Chi? Learn French or Spanish? Become a CNA?  We can offer all these opportunities and many more!  The Mt. Blue RSD Community Education Spring 2014 courses are now on line.  The paper version should be in your mailbox or in many places in your community by January 27. Or you may stop by the Adult Education Office in Farmington to pick up a copy after that date. We always enjoy seeing you!


Please feel free to call if you have any questions...778-3460 Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 p.m.

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News

GED is "out"...HiSET is "in"

 

The State of Maine Department of Education has made a decision to no longer administer the GED exam but don't worry..this has been replaced by the High School Equivalency Test called HiSET TM  effective January 2014.  This will cover the same content areas as the current GED tests and certifies that a candidate's academic knowledge and skills are equal to those of a high school graduate.  It will also indicate which candidates are college and/or career ready. Mt Blue RSD Adult Education is an official HiSET testing site. Once all tests are successfully completed, a student will obtain their HSE, or High School Equivalency Diploma.

Because it covers the same content areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, test takers who started with GED will be able to finish by taking the remainder of their tests with HiSET. GED/HiSET scores can be combined only during 2014. This means that if you have passed some of your GED tests but have not completed all five tests, you may take the remainder of the HiSET tests to obtain your HSE Diploma.

In 2014 we will be using the paper-based version but will begin to transition to the computer-based version as soon as we can. Both are available in English and Spanish.

There is still no charge to test takers for testing or preparation classes.  Students will be allowed to retest for any content area twice within twelve months at no additional charge. There is a fee for non-residents of Maine.

Students will need to meet the same requirements for HiSET as they did for GED to take the exams - minimum age requirement, photo ID, attendance at orientation, take reading and math assessments and HiSET practice tests.

Accommodations will still be available for students with documented disabilities by applying on line at www.hiset.org or by contacting the Adult Education office for a form. Accommodations include separate rooms, extended testing times, signed interpreted instructions,  large print, and scribes.

The Mt. Blue RSD Adult Education Office teachers and staff are available to answer any questions by calling 207-778-3460, Monday-Thursday 8:30-4 or just drop by at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News

NEXT ADULT EDUCATION ORIENTATION DATE in 2014 - 2015

 

 

 

Did you hear????

NEXT ORIENTATION AT THE MT BLUE RSD ADULT EDUCATION CENTER IS SCHEDULED FOR:

August 27 & 28, 2014 - Wednesday - Thursday

10:30 - 3:00 on Wednesday and 9:00 -3:00 on Thursday (bring your lunch)

December 17 & 18, 2014 - Wedneday -Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

February 25 & 26, 2015 - Wednesday - Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

April 15 & 16, 2015 - Wednesday - Thursday

9:00 - 3:00 on both days (bring your lunch)

Call Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education 207-778-3460 to Register

Location:  Please call for directions to the Mt. Blue Learning Center. The mailing address is Mt. Blue Learning Center Campus 129 Seamon Road, Suite A, Farmington, Maine

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on January 13, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events

UPCOMING ORIENTATION - January 8-9

Working together we can achieve many things!

Are you interested in obtaining your HiSET (High School Equivalency Test, formerly GED)?  Do you need help to prepare for HiSET testing?  Are you interested in College Transitions?

If you said yes to any of these questions, please call the Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education office at 207-778-3460 to register for Orientation.  Orientation will be held over two days,  January 8 and January 9, from 9:00 - 3:00. This is where you will meet the staff and other students, take pre-tests to determine what your educational needs are and then learn how we can work together to meet those needs. There will be opportunity for career advising and discussion about the use of technology.  By the end of Day Two, you will know the results of your tests and what the next steps will be toward achieving educational success.  Call soon to register!

Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education office  778-3460

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on November 19, 2013 | Read more in: News and Events

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR FALL/WINTER COURSES THROUGH THE MT BLUE RSD ADULT LEARNING CENTER

If you are still interested in registering for a fall/winter Adult Education Class, there are still classes available.  Call the Mt. Blue RSD Adult Learning Center at 778-3460 to ask any questions or register for the following:

CPR - one evening - December 12 - 5:30 - 8:30 - FMH Walden Room $50 (taught by Jodi Cordes)

FIRST AID - one evening - December 5 - 5:00 - 8:00 - FMH Bass Room $50 (taught by Jodi Cordes)

SPEED SPANISH - December 5 - January 23 - 7:00 - 8:30 - Mt. Blue Middle School Room 17 $80 (taught by Matthew Guistra)

ZUMBA - January 2 - February 27 AND/OR March 6 - May 1 - 6:00 - 7:00 - Mallet School Gym $60 or $8 at the door (taught by Tiara Nile)

PINE TREE CELLULAR DEVICES - one session - December 14 - 9:00-10:30 a.m. - Pine Tree Cellular (taught by Joshua Bickerman) Call 778-9012 to register

 

Posted by Julie Sawyer  on November 19, 2013 | Read more in: News and Events

ConnectME

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Community Connection for High-Speed, Broadband Internet Technical Assistance.

Look for this symbol throughout our online and paper catalog to help you identify classes that utilize broadband technology to help enrich your learning experience:

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Mt Blue RSD and Franklin County Adult Education is your Community Connection for information on how you can use Maine’s expanding high-speed, broadband internet connectivity to help you meet educational goals, enrich your life, obtain health information, access governmental services and enhance economic and community development. Contact our office and arrange a special presentation on how high speed internet can help grow your personal enrichment and professional productivity.

The MARTI (Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative) project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

State Broadband Infrastructure Program Award Number 23-50-M09062

 

 

 

Posted by M Burd  on April 22, 2013

Nontraditional Students Take Classes To Prepare For College

By: Donna Perry, Staff Writer

Franklin: Wednesday November 28, 2012

 

JAY - Sue Cassidy is taking the College Access Class at Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education to prepare to go to college. 

"In my case, the job market has gotten extremely competitive and I don't have the skills to compete," the Jay woman said.

She was in the management and has lots of experience but that is not enough in the job market, she said.

Carla Neil of Livermore, who builds websites, has the skills but just needs the degree behind it to back it up, Neil said. 

Neil and Cassidy both said that by going to college, they are trying to teach their children to aspire to do the same. Neil has two children in college, she said. 

Cassidy wants to show her son that education is important, she said.

"I always tell my son to walk the walk, not just talk the talk," Cassidy said. 

The program is updating skills for non traditional students. 

The College Access Class is a partnership with adults and community education programs in RSU 9 in Farmington and RSU 52 in Turner, Spruce Mountain adult education Director Eileen Miazga said Wednesday.

RSU 9 Adult Education Director Ray Therrien, who is heading up the project, wrote and received a grant from the Finance Authority of Maine to fun the classes, she said. 

The College Access Class is being offered at four adult and community education sites in Franklin County: SAD 58 in Salem Township, Spruce Mountain/RSU 73 in Jay, RSU 9 in Farmington, and RSU 52 in Turner. 

There are four classes offered at each site. 

"It's all geared toward the Accuplacer placement test that a number of colleges use," Miazga said.

The classes are technology, English, math and college readiness. 

"Each site has a set of teachers and we share some of the teachers,"  she said. "It is also a pilot project to utilize our staff."

Part of the college readiness class is filling out applications and talking about the culture of college, she said.

"It's a scary step when people go from what they know to what they don't know," Miazga said. "It's free."

Another 10-week class will begin Jan. 16 and there will be one in May, which has not been scheduled yet. 

Students can move on to take courses at Central Maine Community College, which has a satellite site at Spruce Mountain High School campuses in Jay ad Livermore Falls.

In the classroom at the adult education center, technology instructor Linda Davis was teaching four women how to do a PowerPoint presentation, They will need to do their own as a part of the class. 

"We started with Word and we're doing PowerPoint and we will do Excel," Davis said. 

Students in the classes range from teenagers to over 50.

The class is opening up Sherri Jewell's knowledge of what's to come with a full course load, the Livermore Falls woman said. She was formerly in bridge construction. 

Student Alison Welch is taking the class to prepare for college and enrolling courses targeting business.

Cassidy and Jewell also plan to take business courses. 

Neil is going for computer science. 

 

Posted by Megan Collins  on November 29, 2012

 
 

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