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RSU 19 Adult Education classes and workshops coming up

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NEWPORT, Maine — For a complete listing of classes and descriptions, please visit rsu19.maineadulted.org. You will find classes that are offered all throughout Maine.  Just type in the name of the course you are seeking in the “Course Search” located in the upper right hand corner.

Quality of Life Classes

Pet Grooming – Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.  Learn the basics of every-day dog grooming with Betsy Newman.  A minimum of 10 students is needed to run this class. The cost is $15.

Solar Energy – Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Back by popular demand … Lee Zwicker offers a handyman’s guide to lower your energy footprint and save you money on both your heating and electrical bills. This course is designed for middle and low income home owners who want to save money and help save the planet at the same time. We will cover the construction or purchase of both homemade and commercial solar panels, battery banks, solar hot water heaters, solar hot air systems, solar ovens and solar distillation units. So, if you are interested in saving several hundreds of dollars a year by learning how to build a 30-gallon solar batch hot water heater out of recycled parts for under $100, or maybe a solar heated water trough for cattle that won’t freeze this winter, this is the course for you! (A minimum of 8 students is required.)  Cost:  $42

Driving Dynamics – Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Maine Driving Dynamics is a Maine sponsored 5-hour defensive driving course that offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. Course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. It is taught by a certified instructor in a format that engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation. Those completing the course will receive a 3-point credit on their driving record and students 55 and older can receive an insurance discount from their insurer. Best of all, we believe students will be safer drivers and leave the class with a new and unique way of looking at the driving experience.  Cost:  $40, Senior Citizen (65 and older):  $10

Raised Bed Garden Series – Learn everything you need to know about growing your own raised bed garden from start to finish.  Classes will be taught by Kate Garland, Horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and will be held 4 – 5:30 pm on Wednesdays at Nokomis Regional High School.

May 8 – Starting your raised bed garden

June 12 – Caring for your garden

July 10 – Extending your growing season

August 14 – Using your harvest

September 11 – Putting your garden to bed

Sessions will also include discussions on pest management strategies, inter-planting, crop rotation, vertical gardening strategies, selecting the right variety, seed starting, soil testing, fertilizers, and more.  These classes are appropriate for both new and seasoned gardeners.   Bring your questions!  Cost is only $5 per class.

Bus Trip to North Conway – May 18th departing Palmyra Wal-Mart parking lot at 6:30 a.m.  An entire day to shop the outlets in North Conway and no driving to think about!  Call our office to find out more about this exciting trip at 368-3290.

High School Completion Classes

The GED is changing!  If you started your GED and have not finished, you need to call our office immediately – 368-3290.  The GED test will be changing January 2014 and any previous tests not completed by that date will become null and void.

 FREE GED Pre-Testing Night –Find out if the GED is right for you … Are you at least 18 years old?  Do you need to finish your high school diploma to get a better job?  Or do you want to go on to college?  Stop by Nokomis on Wednesday, May 1 between 5 and 8 p.m. to take the GED Pre-test at no cost.  What do you have to lose?  Do you think you’re “too old”?  Well, how old are you going to be if you don’t do it?

GED Preparation – After you take the pre-test for the GED, you may need to brush up on some of your studies before taking the final GED tests.  You are not alone.  We offer classes to prepare you for the final GED tests.  The next session of GED classes will be during the summer months.  Keep watching our website and your local newspaper for more information.

 Career Counseling – Discover all the possibilities available to you right in your own backyard!  Are you looking for a new career?  Or do you want to go back to college but need some help in sorting through the paperwork?  Call to make an appointment with our Career Counselor, Holli Baker, by calling 368-3290.

College Classes

Now is the time to start registering for Summer 2013 college classes and get started on your degree through the University of Maine System!  Many of these classes are offered right in Newport which can save you time and travel costs.  To find out more, visit www.learn.maine.edu.  If you need assistance with completing your financial aid forms and/or college applications, we’re here to help!  Just give our office a call at 368-3290.