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PVAEC and ED2GO Now Offering Career Training Programs!


PVAEC now offers over a hundred Online Career Training Programs

PVAEC has a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable Online Career Training Programs to prepare you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you’re located. This partnership between PVAEC and ed2go allows you to develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today's competitive job market.

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and instructor and peer interaction, you will gain valuable knowledge at a time and place that is convenient for you. These programs provide the flexibility of studying at your own pace and enough structure and support to complete the course. They can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The Online Career Training Programs are available to start anytime and range from three to six months, with many offering an extension period if necessary. Many programs include an industry certification exam, and internship and externship opportunities are available for select programs. They are entirely Web-based, but expert instructors provide office hours and quick responses to any student questions.

PVAEC is pleased to offer this catalog of topics, which provides the most convenient, affordable, and accessible Career Training Programs available anywhere.
To learn more, call PVAEC at 207-564-6525 or visit our Career Training website at


Posted by Hilda Roberts  on August 24, 2015 | Read more in: News

PVAEC Spring 14 Brochure is available!

Brochure CoverSpring is near, and PVAEC has opened registration for our Spring 14 semester.  The brochure is in the mail to you, but you can download the PDF of the brochure while you are waiting, and the links will take you right to the registration page on our website.  

There is something for everyone this semester, from snowshoeing to maple syrup to the Boston Flower Show.  Learn AutoCAD this semester, track wildlife, study the history of Piscataquis County, or start spinning wool.  We're offering Reiki, nutrition therapy, quilting and painting, pottery, cross-stitch and knitting.  Plenty of choices to keep us all busy learning and growing.  


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on January 14, 2014 | Read more in: News

PVAEC course offerings for most in-demand jobs in Maine

careersA recent article in the Bangor Daily News stated that people trained for positions in the medical industry are in demand.  PVAEC has a line-up of course offerings that will  prepare you for careers in this job sector.  

We are offering a CNA class in September,  a CRMA class in October, and a CNA-Meds class in October.

We offer a Medical Office Certificate Program, which is an online class.

We have partnered with Academy of Medical Professions in Brunswick ME to offer the following courses:

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Phlebotomy with CPT National Certification

ICD-10 Boot Camp for Medical Coders

Medical Office Specialist (CMAA)

Hospital Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding (CPC)

Medical Transcription

Get your career on track today!  Call 564-6525 to find out more about these exciting opportunities in the medical profession.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on July 25, 2013 | Read more in: News

PVAEC offers Chemistry with Lab this fall

ChemistryPVAEC will be offering a Chemistry with Lab class starting September 5, 2013.  The class will run for 15 weeks, and will meet Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm at PCSS.  Call 564-6525 today to begin the enrollment process.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on July 3, 2013 | Read more in: News

PVAEC announces new online course - Introduction to Google Analytics

Nearly every business and non-profit organization has a website, and probably a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. Individuals have them too, to promote ideas, to share a vision, or to educate the public. No matter what brings you to the Web, your hope is that a lot of people see your website, your wall, your tweets, and your videos. Why else go to the trouble of sharing them?  

In our new online course, Introduction to Google Analytics, you'll learn  how you can track not just the traffic to all of your online content, but also determine which content is the most appealing, where your visitors came from, what devices they used, how long they stayed, which links they clicked, and where they went when they left. 

This is a 6 week 24 hour online course.  Choose one of the following start dates:
6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11. $99.  

Learn more about this course and register at



Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 26, 2013 | Read more in: News

Thelma Regan, Director PVAEC, is awarded Outstanding Administrator of the Year

Thelma and Staff with awardThelma Regan, Director of PVAEC – Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, received the MAEA Adult Education Outstanding Administrator award at the recent Maine Adult Education Association Conference held at Colby College in Waterville on June 19, 2013.

When presenting the plaque to Thelma, Tim Dresser, President of MAEA, cited her commitment to Adult Education.  In March, 2012, Thelma received the Warren “Pete” Myrick Community Service Award which recognizes a Piscataquis County citizen or organization that exemplifies Pete Myrick’s concern for commitment for education, economic development and civic leadership in the region.  Currently, Thelma Regan serves on New England Literacy Resource Center’s board of directors; she is an elected Maine Adult Education Association director, and serves on the executive committee of the University of Maine Extension Service for Piscataquis County. 

The Maine Adult Education Association annually recognizes outstanding teachers, student leaders, support staff and administrators.  For more information about the Maine Adult Education Association, contact MAEA at 875-2722 or visit the web site at  For more information about PVAEC, visit us at


Pictured above from left to right:  Eve Salley, Diploma Instructor; Kathy Normandin, Administrative Assistant; Thelma Regan, Director; and Leah Gomes, College Readiness Instructor.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 25, 2013 | Read more in: News and Events

Graduation at PVAEC

Graduates on StagePVAEC held its graduation ceremony on June 5, 2013 at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.  

The Keynote Speaker was Tony Hamlin, teacher and coach at PVHS and a NE Basketball Hall of Famer.  Tony had stories to share that demonstrate the fact that it is never too late to get your education.  In congratulating the students, he encouraged them to continue to pursue further education.  

Special recognition was awarded to Paul Stearns, Superintendent of RSU 80.  Paul was one of the "Founding Fathers" of our Adult Ed Cooperative and was given a certificate thanking him for his support and encouragement of adult education.  

Our CNA instructors Sue Duplisea, RN, and Nancy Hoskins, RN, awarded the CNA pins to our latest CNA class.  It was announced during graduation that the entire class had just passed their State Exam!  Congratulations were given to all.

Eve Salley, Diploma Instructor, and Brenda Clawson, GED Examiner, awarded PVAEC Honor Cords to the members of the PVAEC Honor Society.  These students each earned a combined GED Score over 2850.

Thelma Regan and Paul Stearns awarded the High School Diplomas and General Equivalency Diplomas to the students.  

And with the turning of the tassels the class of 2013 was graduated!


Graduation 2013 Program

Posted by Kathy Normandin  on June 11, 2013 | Read more in: News

PVAEC holds CNA Pinning Ceremony January 24, 2013

PVAEC held a CNA Pinning Ceremony for our latest class of graduating students on January 24, 2013 at our facility.


CNA Pinning Ceremony

Pictured left to right:  Marya Bailey, Brandy Reynolds, Anna Whitney, Valerie Rudmin, Nancy Hoskins RN (Class Instructor),  Vicki Garland, and Beth Vincent-Foster.

Not pictured:  Stephen Lackey, Helen Morrill and Celeste Myers.


Congratulations to All!


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on March 5, 2013 | Read more in: News and Events

PVAEC Spring 13 Brochure is online!

PVAEC Spring 13 Brochure CoverFor those that can't wait for the mailman, PVAEC's Spring 13 brochure is now online, and registration is open!  We have great new offerings for you, as well as all your favorite classes.  New fiber arts classes, more classes from the You Can... series with the Extension office, two great bus trips, cooking classes, snowshoeing, and so much more!   Call 564-6525 today for more information.


Posted by Kathy Normandin  on January 14, 2013 | Read more in: News

How costly is the decision to drop out of school?

How costly is the decision to drop out of school?

Consider a few figures about life without a diploma:



The average dropout can expect to earn an annual income of $20,241, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF). That’s a full $10,386 less than the typical high school graduate, and $36,424 less than someone with a bachelor’s degree.


Of course, simply finding a job is also much more of a challenge for dropouts. While the national unemployment rate stood at 8.1 percent in August, joblessness among those without a high school degree measured 12 percent. Among college graduates, it was 4.1 percent.


The challenges hardly end there, particularly among young dropouts. Among those between the ages of 18 and 24, dropouts were more than twice as likely as college graduates to live in poverty according to the Department of Education. Dropouts experienced a poverty rate of 30.8 percent, while those with at least a bachelor’s degree had a poverty rate of 13.5 percent.


  PVAEC Adult Education is the answer.   Call us today at 564-6525



Posted by Kathy Normandin  on December 13, 2012 | Read more in: News


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