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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Adult education program gives students a chance to flourish | Biddeford Journal Tribune

CLASS initiative available at 11 locations in York County, as Biddeford Journal Tribune reports.

CLASS adult education programs are available at 11 locations in York County. The centers for adult education offer everything from high school equivalency tests to English language learning, ciitizenship preparation, mathematics and writing refreshers, digital literacy and access to online courses. 

Opportunity is knocking for those looking to continue and enhance their education through CLASS, the Consortium for Learning and Student Success.

CLASS is a program that has been running for the past five years and it confers with southern Maine adult education locations including Biddeford; York; Saco; Old Orchard Beach; Kittery; Marshwood; Massabesic; Noble; Sanford; Wells; and Ogunquit. The program is an initiative of the Maine Department of Education, and according to program coordinator Joann Sueltenfuss, it’s the hub for these adult education locations in York County.  

Sueltenfuss said that CLASS is a good program for those looking to continue or return to education because of how the program runs and what it offers. The centers for adult education offer programs such as the high school diploma and HiSet (high school equivalency test); ELL (English language learners) classes for new Mainers; Civics/Citizenship preparation; mathematics and writing refreshers; digital literacy and access to online courses...

The adult education programs are not only meaningful for students, but also for teachers that are a part of this program, such as Smithwick.

“Every morning just saying hello is like a song to hear representatives from all over the world,” Smithwiock said. “I don’t feel like I’m working, I feel like I’m on the receiving end.”

The process of returning to education relies on having the resources available for those seeking assistance to pursue better education and work opportunities.

Source: Biddeford Journal Tribune