AUGUSTA, Maine (September 23, 2019) – Governor Janet Mills has declared the week of September 22-29 as Maine Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, shining a light on the demand for quality adult education across Maine.
“Adult education programs allow students, regardless of their age or background, to gain critical skills, advance in the workplace, and improve their lives and that of that of their families,” said Governor Mills. “These programs are especially critical at a time when Maine is facing a shortage of workers and will undoubtedly be an important part of the solution.”
Each year, thousands of Mainers turn to adult education to improve their skillset, qualify for better paying and more fulfilling jobs and create a better life for themselves and their families. Programs range from basic literacy and math to high school completion, workforce development and college preparation. In addition to offering standard courses, program directors will work with employers to develop custom workforce training and development programs.
“The Maine Adult Education Association is pleased that Governor Janet Mills has declared the week of September 22 through the 29 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week,” said Shirley Wright, executive director of the Maine Adult Education Association. “Adult education programs are located all over the state and are ready and willing to provide a large breadth of training to Maine residents.”
There are 75 public school Adult Education programs across the State that offer continuing education in a more cost-effective manner than other educational alternatives. Programs are run through a decentralized system that is within the financial and geographic reach of all Maine residents.
Chris Vega is a current HiSET and College Transition student in the Lakes Region Adult Education Program. Vega noted that the programs set students up for long term success:
“Lakes Region Adult Education is a place where you can feel secure that you will get what you need for education,” said Vega. “The program’s amazing team has made me achieve and move on my way to college. I will never forget how reliable the people in this place are and can’t thank them enough.”
The week of September 22-29 is recognized across the country as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. For a list of locations, programs and classes in Maine, please visit www.maineadulted.org/programs.
About Maine Adult Education Association
Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) is a nonprofit organization representing adult education programs, professionals and volunteers across Maine since 1965. MAEA promotes access to affordable college preparatory, high school completion, workforce training, English language learning and enrichment courses to Mainers in all corners of the state through 78 individual programs located in more than 85% of Maine’s towns, cities and unorganized territories. For more information visit: http://www.maineadulted.org/.