Posted by Patti Sloat on July 19, 2017
Posted by Patti Sloat on December 30, 2016
Matter of Balance Completed at Adult Ed
Matter of Balance is an evidence based program from Boston University that has proven itself to prevent falls by improving balance, making your environment safe, and dispelling the fear of falling. We discuss risk factors in your environment and risk factors due to personal health issues. Fun sensible exercises are taught to strengthen muscles and increase balance.
Bonnie Pratt is a trained instructor and led the most recent class held in Houlton. “I took the Matter of Balance training four years ago and fell in love with the program. This is the fourth group I have taught and each group is unique and rewarding. They make me feel like I have found my niche! I was pretty much motivated by saving money, saving someone going to the hospital, saving someone going to the Nursing Home until earlier this year. I called my mother in Gray, Maine. When she answered the phone, I thought she was laughing at her little dog. I soon realized she was hysterical. She had just fallen and broken her arm. I will never forget that cry. I am now motivated to save someone from that kind of pain!”
Bonnie collaborated with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Houlton/Hodgdon Adult & Community Education to bring the program to the Houlton Higher Education Center. “We were looking to expand our senior program, “stated Joe Fagnant, Director of Adult Education. “We know we have a population of seniors that we want to serve with education and special programs. Our goal is to offer daytime enrichment for seniors so that they meet with each other, learn some helpful skills, and get out and about to do things that may be physical or educational.”
“I am going for two days of training in Portland in December, “continued Pratt, “I am looking forward to that update on new information, and rule changes, and any improvements. It has been so convenient to have a room for a class at the Houlton Higher Education Center and to work with Adult Education. The staff’s Monday morning hellos, smiles, offers to help, arranging our room, just starts your week off right. They have definitely made us feel like part of them.”
The classes were held for eight weeks, one day a week, for two hours. Helena Nickerson from Houlton Regional Hospital was also a guest speaker. She did a wonderful presentation on the importance of healthy food, fiber, and water.
A certificate of completion was presented by Phil Bosse, the State Office Representative for U.S. Senator Susan Collins, to each one completing the class. Mr. Bosse shared his personal story of his mother falling, going into a nursing home, training with Matter of Balance, and now living back on her own. “I enjoy doing these certificate presentations for Matter of Balance. I had a personal connection to the program. I also want to share that The Senator is the Chair of the Special Committee on Aging. She has been supportive of Matter of Balance and other programs to help seniors, “remarked Bosse.
He shared materials from the US Senate Special Committee on Aging including discussing phone-based schemes and financial schemes that are targeting older Americans. Scammers use deceptive means to get your money and personal information. He stressed that they are not your friend and to hang up the phone! There is a U.S. Senior Special Committee on Aging’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470. He encouraged everyone in the area to use that hotline to report any form of scams they come across.
The goal of these special programs is to help our aging population stay connected to the community, receive help they need, and gather to discuss topics that are much needed. The Houlton/Hodgdon Adult & Community Education program has marketed their ACESeniors program as a way to meet some of these needs. This special community education program takes place during the day time and has consisted of Tai Chi, Matter of Balance, art and paper craft classes, stained glass class, and is scheduled to expand for the 2017 program year.
“We are working on continuing offering Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, a new strength program called Bone Builders, and several other seminars for seniors sponsored by RSVP”, Fagnant added. “A new schedule is being worked on with RSVP and Aroostook Agency on Aging. I know we can offer some great opportunities to cover topics in wellness, health, safety, and enrichment.” For more information about future programs or to be added to interest lists for any classes, stop by the Houlton Higher Education Center and talk to a representative in adult education or call 521-3100 ext 5.
Matter of Balance participants received certificates from Phil Bosse, State Office Representative for Senator Susan Collins. Seated is instructor Bonnie Pratt, row 1 Philip Bosse, Thelma Henderson, Rae Johnston, Gisela Blake (class helper). Row 2 Joe Fagnant, Director of Adult Education, Virginia McLaughlin, Doris Gardiner, Christine McPherson, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, Leola Bishop, Elva Coburn, Maureen Theriault. Absent from photo was Vera Scott, Mildred Madigan, Kathryn Stoton and Marlene Hofstetter.
Posted by Joe Fagnant on November 18, 2016
We had various students start the semester with us and are proud of four students that completed all the components of the career pathways program. New Assistant Director Ken Ervin is seen here with (L to R) Toni, Nick, Josh, and Khorena. They are on their pathway to a stong future.
Posted by Joe Fagnant on October 1, 2016
Ken Ervin joins us as the new assistant director. Ken brings with him a wealth of experience with college transitions, college readiness, and working with students to help them attain their goals in post secondary education. His past experiences at Franklin Pierce University will be a valuable asset to our learners. His work with the TRIO Talent Search program also brings together experiences with making connections to students of all ages. Ken began with us on September 6 and he has already made an impact on the students and in the community. Ken is also ready to start our first basketball team (he's the tall guy in the picture)! Welcoming him to the adult education team is director Joe Fagnant.
Posted by Joe Fagnant on October 1, 2016
Congratulations to Mollie Greenier. She worked extremely hard this past summer to complete her HiSET in time for her acceptance in Northern Maine Community College. You finished on chapter in your life, to now open many more opportuntiies. We are happy to stay connected to you through your classwork with NMCC. Awesome job. Mollie is seen her being contratulated by new director, Joe Fagnant.
Posted by Joe Fagnant on October 1, 2016
Congratulations to our very own Bernadette Farrar. She earned her Global Career Development Facilitation credential.
Global Career Development Facilitation (GCDF) credential holders are trained to help people, both individually and in a group setting, make informed decisions when considering their own career development. Through the use of best practices, various assessment tools, and career development models GCDFs equip each individual with the knowledge and skills to embark on their professional journey.
Posted by Joe Fagnant on July 11, 2016
Otis Smith, Director of RSU 29/70 Houlton Hodgdon Adult Education, and David Keaton, Director of Region Two CTE, are pleased to announce the graduates of the Winter Region Two CTE Personal Support Specialist (PSS) Course. Successfully completing the course under the instruction of Region Two PSS Instructor Becky Russel, R.N. were Leanne Chamberlain, Meghann Clark, Isabel Marcus, Jenna Merritt, and Avonlea Rackliff. PSS training is comprised of 50 hours of classroom instruction and prepares individuals to work either in an institutional or home care setting. Adult Education offers several options to assist individuals interested in beginning a career in the Allied Health Care field. If you are interested in exploring your Allied Health Career Pathway options, please call 521-3100, ext. 3154, to schedule an appointment.
Pictured from left to right:
Isabel Marcus, Becky Russell –instructor, Leanne Chamberlain, Avonlea Rackliff, Meghann Clark, and Jenna Merritt.
Posted by Bernadette Farrar on March 11, 2016
Otis Smith, Director of RSU 29/70 Houlton Hodgdon Adult Education, and David Keaton, Director of Region Two CTE, are pleased to announce the graduates of the Region Two CTE Fall 2015 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Course. Successfully completing the course under the tutelage of Region Two CNA Instructor of Kim Fox, BSN, were Kimberly Carter, Audrey Doughty, Chelsea Folsom, Elizabeth Gardner, Natalie Hill, Kirsten LaRosa, Libby Taylor, Staci Merritt, Megan Sides, and Shania Stover. CNA training is comprised of 180 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical experience. For those interested in beginning a career in the Allied Health Care field, Adult Education has another CNA course at Region Two starting January 5, 2016. Online registration for the CNA course is available at sad29.maineadulted.org. For those interested in registering for the CNA course by phone, please contact 521-3100, ext. 3150.
Pictured L to R: Back Row – Kirsten LaRosa, Shania Stover, Chelsea Folsom, Elizabeth Gardner, Taylor Libby, and Natalie Hill. Front Row – Audrey Doughty, Staci Merritt, Kimberley Carter, Megan Sides, and instructor, Kim Fox.
Posted by Bernadette Farrar on December 23, 2015
RSU 29/70 and RSU 50 College Transitions Programs are proud to be sponsoring online streaming for the 2015 Houlton Rotary Auction.
Additionally, these two College Transitions programs will also be co-sponsoring, in conjuction with many other area businesses, live streaming of area high school basketball games on the WHOU website this winter.
Adult education is providing many ways for you to connect to your community. Be looking for our huge schedule of winter programming to appear in the Houlton Pioneer Times in December, and remember, When you Think of Getting Ready for College, Think College Transitions.
Posted by Bernadette Farrar on November 23, 2015 | Read more in: News