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Searching for a great job should NOT be like looking for a needle in a haystack... Contact Information: Director Danny R MacDonald, MS Ed Caribou Learning Center, 75 Bennett Drive, Caribou, Maine 04736 Phone: (207) 493-4272 Fax (207) 493-4277 Website: http://rsu39.maineadulted.org

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EASTERN AROOSTOOK ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION STAFF Supt. of Schools: Adult Ed Director: Academic & Career Pathways Coordinator: Timothy Doak Dan MacDonald Lyn Smith College Transitions Coordinator Ian Connell Administrative Assistant: Karen Rockwell OFFICE LOCATION: Caribou Learning Center 75 Bennett Drive, Caribou, Maine 04736 Phone: (207) 493-4272 Fax (207) 493-4277 PROGRAM POLICIES * Non-resident fee $5.00 per course. All books must be paid for when received. * Classes must be paid for upon registration. REFUND POLICY * Refund before the second class (minus $5.00 registration fee). * No Refunds after the second class. Students must inform the office before the second class in order to receive a refund. (Excluding Health Occupation Courses, Servsafe, Maine Guide, & Ed2Go)

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Distance Learning and Technology Labs Join us in our technology labs to prepare for high school completion, college transitions or career pathways with the option to study at home with frequent contact with your instructor through telephone, video or online communication. Speak with our Academic Coordinator to determine what classes and programs are the best fit. We offer the following two courses in a blended learning format year round. The Digital Edge Employers tell us that people with strong computer skills have an edge in the job market. Build your resume by improving your computer skills, learning keyboarding or developing proficiency with Microsoft Office programs. Explore careers in computer science, web technologies, audio/video production and computer programming, robotic and design. Requirements: none - you can start with the basics of using a computer and how to access the internet. Workplace Essential Skills Learners will identify and develop career skills, understand job applications, create a resume and learn to write cover letters as well as prepare for interviews and work. Employer needs shift with technology and industry changes. This course will help you set goals, identify your interests and provide a foundation for developing a career pathway. Work, Study and Play in our ICD EDGE Lab Education through Digital Gaming and Experimentation Our learners will be able to use up-to-date technology and programs for academics as well as have fun with project based assignments using our audio/visual equipment and editing software, drone technology, 3D printing capability and Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics. Go to center page for programs being offered

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If you, a friend or a loved one are in need of Basic Skills Instruction, or taking the HiSET exam, please call for an appointment! Classes offered at Caribou, Fort Fairfield & Limestone. Going back to school can be intimidating; there's just no way around it. Many people feel as if they can't compete at the same academic level as their younger classmates. They fret that they will have forgotten how to study; or that they are so far removed from the school environment and mindset, they will just not make the transition from the life they had before going back to school to the one that awaits them as adult students. The truth is, however, that there are any number of ways in which going back to school as an adult is not only less difficult than you might initially think, but also (believe it or not) even easier now than it would have been years ago. There are three benefits to going back to school as an adult: You have work experience, you already know how to budget your time and you're much more mature than you were in your late-teens. All three of these add up to one very important thing: You're more prepared for school now than you would have been in the past. Seriously. Educational Directories Unlimited “The bridge between students and educators” Unknown Adult Learner Adult High School Diploma If you are 18 years of age or older and have not yet earned your high school diploma, we can help you to become a high school graduate. We are committed to your success and will work with you every step of the way. We understand the unique needs and time constraints of working adults. Students under 18 must have permission from their high schools or districts to enroll in this program and must also meet with the ABE Coordinator and the Director of Adult Education for acceptance into the program. Learners who already have earned their GED or HiSET can still earn a diploma and may attend free of charge. Adult high school diploma classes are offered in Caribou and Fort Fairfield. Class rosters are limited to 12 learners. Additional instruction and individualized tutoring are available in our learning labs. Materials including books and instruction are provided. Classes typically run in two or three-hour blocks – a must for adult learners who often balance work, schooling and childcare.

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High School Equivalency Exam In January of 2014, the State of Maine replaced the GED with the HiSet high school equivalency program. The HiSET® exam covers the same content areas as the GED and allows test-takers to demonstrate proficiency of the academic skills expected by employers and postsecondary institutions. All learners seeking to take the HiSET exam must complete a 12 hour mandatory pre-test orientation that includes the pre-test, test taking skill development, career exploration, and goal setting. Learners qualify for the HiSET exam when all pre-test exam scores meet the requirements of the program. Learners with lower pre-test scores are encouraged to enter our test preparation program. HiSET orientation runs every two weeks at the Learning Center in Caribou. Call 493-4272 to set up your intake appointment. Academic Preparation labs are offered in Caribou, Limestone, Stockholm, and Fort Fairfield to prepare for the HiSET exam. All labs are self-paced and individualized featuring one to one and small group tutoring and web-based instruction. All materials including books and instruction are completely free. Labs typically run in three hour blocks with generous flexibility with attendance – a must for adult learners who need to balance work, schooling and child care. HiSET Math Lab - Learners build proficiency in the skills needed to pass the HiSET math test. Topics covered include mathematics test taking skills, HiSET calculator, data analysis, word problems, measurement, linear equations and ratio, proportion and percent. HiSET™ Writing Lab - Learners build the skills needed to pass the HiSET writing test. Topics covered build proficiency in grammar, writing effective sentences and paragraphs, and achieving excellence in the HiSET essay. HiSET™ Reading Lab - Learners build proficiency in the skills needed to pass the HiSET reading test. Learners analyze large blocks of fiction and non-fiction text, summarize, make inferences and draw conclusions to improve comprehension and answer multiple choice questions correctly. HiSET Social Studies Lab - Using online resources, small group and individual tutoring, learners build proficiency in the skills needed to pass the HiSET social studies test. Learners summarize, make inferences and draw conclusions to improve comprehension, recognize fact and opinion and recognize cause and effect in a historical context. http://hiset.ets.org/?WT.ac=hiset_index ETS, the ETS logo and HiSET are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used under license.

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Academic Course Descriptions Reading and Composition I and II- (*min prerequisite EFL 4 reading) In this course learners gain an awareness of the importance of purpose, audience, and subject when approaching writing. Narrative strategies are explored. The course gives learners the opportunity to read and write in a variety of forms narrative, expository, creative, and argumentative. Learners gain mastery in the process of drafting, revising, editing, and polishing a piece of work. In developing sophisticated reading and writing skills, learners explore and describe how language works. They learn to observe and analyze the words, patterns, and structures that create subtle effects of language. They learn to synthesize material from diverse sources and to document formal MLA research papers. (HSD English credits) Public Speaking - Learn the skills of verbal communication. Whether you are making a toast or interviewing for a job, you'll know how to organize a talk and deliver it with confidence. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking. No formal speeches required, just a willingness to learn how to be professional and polished by planning what to say, rehearse in front of a mirror or video camera and presenting effectively. (HSD English credit) Essential Writing - In this course, learners develop practical writing skills to help them succeed in school and in the workplace. Students learn about sentence construction, spelling, paragraph development, punctuation, preparing for written tests, and writing effective paragraphs and essays. (HSD English credit) Speaking and Listening for English Language Learners - Discussion topics will include contextualized material providing general knowledge of life skills, safety in the workplace, consumer skills (paychecks, taxes, schedules) and current events as related to life skills and creative thinking. (HSD elective Credit) Gothic Literature - explores different conventions, themes, and elements of Gothic literature through the analysis of representative literary works. These tales have mystery, suspense and superstition using dark or scary physical and psychological settings. Learn about the Gothic period (1764-1840) and how it has influenced modern literature and movies. Learn the techniques of storytelling by writing and editing Gothic short stories and poems. (HSD English credit) *EFL—Educational Function Levels (1-6 )are established by CASAS testing in math and English for all learners entering HiSET preparation, adult high school diploma, and college preparation programs. Tutoring, ABE and self-paced developmental courses are available for learners who wish to improve their EFL to the point where they may meet the prerequisite EFL level.

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Academic Course Descriptions Biology Lab (*min prerequisite EFL 4 reading) Fall This course centers on the biosphere emphasizing investigation, analysis, and critical thinking of content through lab experience research. Lab activities will promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting, as well as teach and reinforce scientific concepts. (HSD Science Credit and/or College Transitions) Chemistry Lab (*min prerequisite EFL 4 reading) Spring Each unit in chemistry lab uses a central theme to teach a chemistry concept, thus providing learners with a cohesive and connected learning experience. This course emphasizes investigation, analysis, and critical thinking of content through lab experience. Lab activities will promote technical lab competence, utilize the scientific process of research and reporting, as well as teach and reinforce scientific concepts. (HSD Science Credit and/or College Transitions) General Science - This course will emphasize the development of basic scientific skills and concepts in environment, life science, chemistry and physics. In addition, scientific vocabulary and reading comprehension will be addressed to assist students in furthering their science education. (HSD Science Credit) STEM Science - This course focuses on inquiry into science, technology, engineering and math to develop skills for future careers. Concepts will be contextualized through gaming technology, visual presentations, reading comprehension of scientific articles and applying principles of research. (HSD Science Credit) Forensic Principles - Introduction to the scientific and mathematical tools used to process crime scenes and collect, preserve and analyze evidence. Explore the importance and limitations of forensic science and explore different career options in this field. Learn about forensic investigative methods used in accidents, arson, computer crimes, financial crimes, and forgeries. This blended class will require pre-class study to prepare for in-class hands-on activities. (HSC math or science) *EFL—Educational Function Levels (1-6 )are established by CASAS testing in math and English for all learners entering HiSET preparation, adult high school diploma, and college preparation programs. Tutoring, ABE and self-paced developmental courses are available for learners who wish to improve their EFL to the point where they may meet the prerequisite EFL level.

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Academic Course Descriptions Consumer Math - (*min prerequisite EFL 4 math) The focus of the course is to help consumers understand mathematics as it relates to their everyday lives. Problem solving strategies introduces students to the step-by-step approach to reinforce strategies to address realistic problems. Students will apply math skills to a series of consumer topics including renting apartments, finding miles per gallon and how math concepts are applied to careers in the 16 career clusters. Real-life projects will reinforce logical reasoning. (HSD math or Career Pathways credit) Foundational Math - Learners in this class develop proficiency with fractions, percent, word problems, and geometry. This is excellent class to take to refresh math skills in preparation for the HiSET exam or pre-algebra. (HSD Math Credit) Pre Algebra (*min prerequisite EFL 4 Math) - This course reinforces advanced computation including an emphasis on algebraic concepts. Learners study fractions, decimals, percent, positive and negative integers and rational numbers. They become more proficient in using ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations Successful completion of this course prepares learners for success in Algebra for the ACCUPLACER . (HSD Math Credit) Science of Calculated Risk and Reward - (*min prerequisite EFL 4 math) This introductory course in the principles involved in creating and maintaining financial and strategic success in personal, business and management opportunities. Students will understand the fundamental math concepts involved in credit, Investing and calculating net worth. In document literacy, we put fine print under the microscope. Strategic thinking skills introduced may be applied to decision making related to both work and personal life. (HSD math, science or elective Credit or for personal enrichment) American Studies - This class examines selected events, people and places in US History and Maine history from the European explorers of the 1500’s through the present. It introduces students to various types of primary materials (such as laws, court rulings, sermons, political manifestos, newspapers, etc.) using social and analytical categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality. (HSD History Credit) *EFL—Educational Function Levels (1-6 )are established by CASAS testing in math and English for all learners entering HiSET preparation, adult high school diploma, and college preparation programs. Tutoring, ABE and self-paced developmental courses are available for learners who wish to improve their EFL to the point where they may meet the prerequisite EFL level.

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Academic Course Descriptions World Civilizations - Beginning with the Neolithic period, continuing through the early civilizations of the middle east, China, India, Latin America, and Europe, this course provides a comprehensive, chronological coverage of world history. This course fulfills the social studies requirement for high school completion. (HSD History Credit) Journeys to America - An exploration of immigration to the United States through documents and stories. This is a great course to explore heritage, the preservation of family history and an introduction to basic genealogy terms and tools. Gain insight into the reasons people came to America and their contributions to our society. We will also discuss tips, strategies and steps that you can take to construct your family tree. (HSC for history or English or for enrichment) Accounting Essentials - Development of fundamentals of bookkeeping, financial statements, key government regulations and an understanding of commerce and economics. Computer skills will be a focus with use of MS Excel spreadsheets and an introduction to common software programs used in business. (Enrichment or for HSC computer or elective) Everyday Computers - No previous computer experience required! This fun enrichment class will build proficiency with the components of a computer, use of the keyboard and mouse, and Microsoft Windows. Students will learn to create and save files, send email, and use popular social networking sites. The course teaches how to safely explore the Internet to find information and perform common services such as shopping, job searches, travel and entertainment. (HSD Computer Credit) Digital Photography (*min prerequisite EFL 4 reading) Spring Explore the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. This course will focus on basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a personal portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-ups, and action photographs. Discussion on different types of digital cameras (phones, tablets, digital SLRs), digital storage options and software will help participants decide what type of equipment fits personal needs. Learners will also be able to explore options for photography as a career. *EFL—Educational Function Levels (1-6 )are established by CASAS testing in math and English for all learners entering HiSET preparation, adult high school diploma, and college preparation programs. Tutoring, ABE and self-paced developmental courses are available for learners who wish to improve their EFL to the point where they may meet the prerequisite EFL level.

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Personalized Learning!!! Only $99 per course You can choose to study at home or come to the learning center and use our up-to-date computer labs. We offer 360+ instructor-led online courses, from professional technical development to personal interest, through a partnership with Ed2Go. Classes are convenient and affordable. You will spend two to four hours each week completing two lessons in an interactive learning environment in which you will be able to interact with instructors and fellow students in online discussion areas. Most courses begin near the middle of each month and last six weeks. Upon completion of a course with a passing score, you will get confirmation of completion from your learning institution. Most of these courses are 24 hours and may be used for professional CEUs or in addition to campus courses for high school completions. For more information please visit our website: http://www.ed2go.com/cariboulc/

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Maine College Transitions This preparatory course is designed to meet the needs of students who would like to explore the idea of attending college or need to brush up on writing, math and/or science in preparation for enrolling in college. The program of study includes career planning, academic preparation, financial aid assistance, college planning and ACCUPLACER testing. We work in partnership with community colleges and the university system to offer high-quality, cost-effective and accessible pathways to post -secondary education for adults. This program is free to eligible participants. College Transitions Reading and Composition I & II (*min prerequisite EFL 4 reading) In this course learners gain an awareness of the importance of purpose, audience, and subject when approaching writing. Narrative strategies are explored. The course gives learners the opportunity to read and write in a variety of forms - narrative, expository, creative, and argumentative. Learners gain mastery in the process of drafting, revising, editing, and polishing a piece of work. In developing sophisticated reading and writing skills, learners explore and describe how language works. They learn to observe and analyze the words, patterns and structures that create subtle effects of language. They learn to synthesize material from diverse sources and to document formal MLA research papers. College Transitions Arithmetic and Algebra: (*min prerequisite EFL 4 Math) This course is designed to refresh advanced computation skills with emphasis on fractions, word problems and elementary algebra skills to better prepare for the ACCUPLACER placement exam. The algebra portion will review topics, such as: operations with integers and rational numbers; algebraic expressions; solving equations; algebraic fractions; polynomials; factoring and quadratic equations. Additional on-line practice exercises and instruction are required. College Success Course: (*min prerequisite EFL 4 Reading) Students will gain an understanding of the college student experience. The class includes interactive exercises and assignments and in-class discussions covering a variety of topics - transitioning to college life, goal setting, study skills, time management, campus resources and information literacy. The ultimate purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to learn and adopt strategies to be successful in college and beyond. Financial Aid Workshops are available with Patrick Blanchette of the Maine Educational Opportunity Center. Remember to bring social security number(s) and most current filed Federal Income Taxes, along with W2s (for self and parents if you are under age 24) *EFL—Educational Function Levels (1-6 )are established by CASAS testing in math and English for all learners entering HiSET preparation, adult high school diploma, and college preparation programs. Tutoring, ABE and self-paced developmental courses are available for learners who wish to improve their EFL to the point where they may meet the prerequisite EFL level.

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September 11 - October 16 from 2:30 - 4:30 Mondays - Introduction to Computers and Technology Tuesdays - Business Software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) Wednesdays - Play Tech, Work Tech - discover the connections between the latest technology and work. Nearly every job requires an ability to use computers or technology. Learn how games, technology and toys help you develop IT skills needed for work. Thursdays - Coding Basics - ever wondered what it was like to be a geek or a nerd. Understand the logic and importance of commands in the basics of coding. Figure out how a mashup of numbers, letters and words strung together can lead to a computer performing a task. October 23 - December 3 from 2:30 - 4:30 Mondays - Using Social Media - Facebook and Skype can be powerful tools in communicating and keeping in touch with friends, those same skills are just as useful for jobs and careers. Find out how. Tuesdays - Internet Research - Businesses expect employees to be able to find information on the internet. Learn the basics of online safety, finding reliable sources and giving credit to the people who have provided the information online. Wednesdays - Fundamentals of Computer Networks - linking devices to share data and information. Sounds complicated, discover the secrets your IT expert knows. Thursdays - Play Tech, Work Tech - discover the connections between the latest technology and work. Nearly every job requires an ability to use computers or technology. Learn how games, technology and toys help you develop IT skills needed for work.

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Technology through Comics & Gaming Special Programming Exploring Technology through Comics and Gaming For parent and child ages 10-16 September 18-November 1, 2017 Monday and Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:45 pm Use software to create a game piece/character that can be printed using our 3-D printing technology. That game piece will be used to play on a board game created by the group as you discover how video games are made. Learn the creative thinking process of comic book creation. Fly a drone and explore the world of animation. Write, direct, record and edit a short video or cartoon. Call now, (207-493-4272), enrollment is limited to 8 pairs for this first session.

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Customized Training for Businesses We are dedicated to keeping you and your employees on the leading edge of computer technology, industrial training, business and management skills. We offer and can customize:  training in specific skills  custom-designed programs  professional development seminars Aspects of the program:  Select participants  Determine when, where and what  Employees learn together as a team  Everyone receives the same information at the same time  Skills learned can be used immediately SEMINARS (delivered at your place of business) Training the Trainer Leadership Development Resilience and Goal Setting Computer & Technology Literacy Do you, or someone you know, need to brush up on any of these skills? Call for more information - 493-4272 Learners will work with real-world materials including short-stories, articles and forms to developing reading and understanding skills. Each person will also work on speaking & listening proficiency along with social skills needed to become an independent lifelong learner. Learners will learn to keep lists and journals as they work toward personal goals.

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Literacy Volunteers Of Aroostook Incorporated in 2005, Literacy Volunteers of Aroostook County (LVA) is a not-forprofit, volunteer-based organization. We are committed to providing opportunities and resources to help adults in need of basic literacy skills to achieve their potential through one-to-one or small group instruction. We work with individuals, groups, and organizations desiring to foster increased literacy throughout Aroostook County. Our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals working and living in Aroostook County with a strong commitment to the mission and goals of LVA. Literacy Skills Gain independence! Get better jobs! Reach for your dreams. Our trained tutors focus on your interests and goals with  Real world materials - job applications and forms, newspapers and Internet  Journals, short stories and folk tales  Read to your child and learn how to help with homework  Prepare for high school or jobs English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Learn to speak, read and write in English with one-to-one tutoring, small group conversation and activities. Let's Learn Enrichment workshops to learn about technology, social networking and skills for everyday living. Become a Basic Literacy Tutor for Adults Literacy Volunteers of Aroostook provides free training and course material to prepare you for tutoring literacy students. Prepare for tutoring with a combination distance learning and practical experience. We also offer ongoing support with lesson planning, preparation, and workshops to build tutoring skills. The time commitment is one to two hours per week working in the tutor/student pair. For more information, please contact Lyn Smith, Director, at (207)325-3490 or (207)493-4272 email: lvaroostook@gmail.com

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