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PVAEC announces new online course - Intermediate Excel 2010

PVAEC is pleased to announce a new course offering - Intermediate MS Excel 2010 ONLINE.  Take your Excel skills to the next level as you master charting, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, and other advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010.  

For more information about our online courses visit us at, or call us at 564-6525.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on October 19, 2011 | Read more in: News

PVAEC offers new online course - Advanced Web Pages

PVAEC has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. We have partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-led courses and are pleased to announce the launch of "Advanced Web Pages." 

Participants will master advanced Web design skills as they create Web pages using CSS and HTML (including new HTML5 elements). They'll learn how to add interactivity and animation to their sites, and how to create pages that work in any environment from a desktop computer to a mobile device.

This course is part of PVAEC's growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call PVAEC at 564-6525 or visit us online at Browse our online catalog at


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on October 13, 2011

Seasonal farmworkers and loggers can earn a stipend while getting a GED!

We are looking for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and loggers who are trying to earn their GED.  Through the Maine HEP grant you can be provided with:

  • Transportation & childcare reimbursement
  • Links to health and social services
  • A stipend of $100/week to cover personal expenses while attending GED classes
  • Books and school supplies

We’re looking for people who have done at least 75 days of farm or logging  work over the last 24 months.  Examples of qualifying farm work are blueberries, potatoes, dairy, poultry, tipping and logging. For logging, qualifying work includes: planting, trimming, de-limbing, and harvesting. As long as it’s not processing (working in a paper mill, chipping factory etc) it counts!

Immediate family members of the seasonal worker can participate. This includes: a spouse, a parent, step-parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, or anyone with guardianship, any person who claims the individual as a dependent on a Federal income tax return for either of the previous two years, or resides in the same household as the individual, supports that individual financially, and is a relative of that individual.

Please don’t hesitate to call to see if an activity counts. Anyone who qualifies for Migrant Education Programs and people who participate in the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) are automatically eligible.

Call PVAEC at 564-6525 to see if you qualify for this program!




Posted by Kathy Normandin  on October 6, 2011 | Read more in: News

PVAEC offers new online course - Peachtree Accounting!

PVAEC is pleased to offer a new online course  - Introduction to Peachtree Accounting 2012.  


Students in this course will learn to handle accounting tasks quickly and easily with Peachtree Accounting 2012. With the help of step-by-step instructions, they'll master everything from setting up accounts to creating invoices, printing checks, paying bills, and generating financial reports.


Visit us as at for more offerings.  


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on September 27, 2011

PVAEC offers new online course

PVAEC is pleased to announce the launch of a new online course - Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

The start dates for this new course are:   Sep 21 | Oct 19 | Nov 09 | Dec 14  

Register today!


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on September 21, 2011

PVAEC celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week September 12, 2011

Adult Literacy Programs are an Investment in the Future


September 12, 2011, Dover-Foxcroft.ME. – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative  (Guilford, Milo, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft and all the surrounding towns) is part of a national network of organizations offering literacy programs to educate adults and help fight growing national unemployment.

Beginning September 12, the United States will commemorate the third annual National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. According to ProLiteracy, the oldest and largest organization of adult literacy and basic education programs in the nation, more than 30 million adults in the U.S. lack the most basic literacy skills and 15 percent of Americans without a diploma don’t have jobs. ProLiteracy provides almost 1,000 community-based literacy organizations, including PVAEC, with tools to help educate adult learners and help them meet the demands of today’s workforce.

“Adult Education and Family Literacy Week recognizes the critical role of education in helping our local residents reach their full potential,” said Thelma Regan, Director, PVAEC.   “Literacy helps families be healthier, support themselves through work and contribute more fully to the community.”

“Low literacy costs the nation more than two hundred billion dollars each year in lost productivity, as well as an additional one to two billion in health and safety issues,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Every dollar spent on adult literacy and education provides returns to the country through higher employment, added tax revenues, reduced welfare payments and less crime.”

In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, PVAEC is inviting the public to stop by our main office in Dover-Foxcroft and discover what adult education can do for you.

For more information on PVAEC’s services visit,  or call 207-564-6525.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on September 12, 2011

PVAEC holds Graduation Ceremony June 15, 2011

Graduation Podium

PVAEC held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.  A full house came to support and celebrate our graduates' accomplishments.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful ceremony.  







Our keynote speaker was Ray Therrien from Mt Blue Adult & Community Education in Franklin County.  Ray spoke of the new opportunities awaiting each graduate and reminded us to accept new challenges that help us grow and reach our potential.


Ray Therrien at podium














Graduates are ready to turn their tassels as the symbolic act that this phase of their education is complete and they are ready for what' next - employment, college or post-secondary training.



Congratulations to all!  For more information, contact PVAEC at 564-6525.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 27, 2011 | Read more in: News and Events

PVAEC Unveils New Computer Lab

PVAEC is thrilled to announce the opening of its new computer lab!  

Computer Lab

Our first class was Basic Desktop, and it was full.  The students enjoyed the re-freshed room, the new chairs and tables, and most of all the new computers.  Our new Lenovo's are equipped with Windows 7 and Office 10.

We have many classes to offer in this new lab.  We will be running many sessions of the Basic Desktop class, as well as Website Creation, PhotoShop, and Electronic Scrapbooking,and much more!  So browse the website to see what's to your liking.  Or, call 564-6525 for more information.

We have two Open Lab times for students to come in and use the computers, or ask the instructor about a particular problem they are running into.  The Open Lab times are Mondays from 1 - 2 pm and Fridays from 1 - 4 pm.  

Doug Ware in new Computer LabOur particular thanks go to Doug Ware, our Computer Instructor, for the time and energy he gave to this project.  We would not be up and running without him!  

Stop by and see what we have to offer!

PVAEC, 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover Foxcroft ME  04426

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Posted by Kathy Normandin  on September 14, 2010 | Read more in: News

PVAEC Holds 2010 Graduation Ceremony

PVAEC celebrated with students, families and staff during its graduation ceremony at Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft on May 26, 2010.

PVAEC (Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative) had 48 students earn either their high school diploma or their GED since last year's graduation ceremony.PVAEC Graduates

This year's program began with an introduction by Thelma Regan, Director of PVAEC.  ThelmasIntroduction

Joanna Russell Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker was Joanna Russell, Director of Tri-County Workforce Investment Board.  Joanna's motivational speech began by noting that she took Adult Education refresher courses when she was in her thirties to start her on the path to her MBA.  

Ben Richardson

The student speaker this year was Benjamin Richardson.  Ben's moving speech spoke of his journey from the depths of drug and alcohol abuse after the death of his father to earning his GED and being accepted as a freshman at Eastern Maine Community College.  

Musical Interlude



The musical interlude was provided by Susan Ramsey and Ruth Fogg, North Country Strings Duo.  







Honors Presentation



Daniel Smith was awarded his honor cord for achieving his high GED Score.  The cord and certificate were awarded by Eve Salley, Chief GED Examiner and Pam Flanagan, GED Examiner.








Graduates Turning Tassels

The presentation of the diplomas was handled by Paul Stearns, RSU 80 Superintendent and Thelma Regan.  Then the graduates turned their tassels and exited the theater.








Ready to get started on your diploma?  Call (207) 564-6525 for more information.  You could be in the pictures from next year's ceremony!







Posted by Kathy Normandin  on May 27, 2010 | Read more in: News and Events

PVAEC Holds Arts/Crafts Exhibition

PVAEC held its second Art and Crafts Exhibition on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Morton Ave Municipal Complex in Dover-Foxcroft.  

Our community members had the chance to tour our facility and at the same time to view the work of our art instructors and their students.   There were painting and drawing exhibits as well as knitting.  It was a great opportunity to see what can be created by taking an adult education Arts and Crafts class.  For more information, call 564-6525. 


Here is a sample of the work displayed.  We have very talented students and instructors!



Posted by Kathy Normandin  on May 6, 2010 | Read more in: Events


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