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My name is Sam Kaking. I’m originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I’m grateful to Portland Adult Education for contributing to the success of my career. Before coming to the U.S., I studied and worked as an Electro Mechanical Engineer. When I arrived in Maine, I was feeling discouraged because I knew it was … Continue reading Success Story: Sam Kaking
It is a great day for me and I feel so happy to be speaking to you today! Thank you so much for this privilege. I am from El Salvador, which is the smallest country in Central America. My first language is Spanish and I never thought  I would learn English. NEVER NEVER!  Education is … Continue reading 2017 Graduation speech by Kelly
“Dear guests, thank you for taking your precious time to attend this ceremony today. It is an honor. Your attendance adds joy to our joy because no graduation is complete without the participation of parents and friends. This day is a great opportunity to give thanks to our distinguished teachers for their continuous efforts and … Continue reading 2017 Graduation speech by Noor
At the graduation ceremony this week for the Portland Adult Education (PAE) Class of 2017, graduate Noor Aldulaimi advised her classmates, “Don’t give up and don’t shy away from achieving your goals.” The ceremony, held June 15 at Merrill Auditorium, was PAE’s 169th commencement. PAE has been educating Portland adults since 1848. Graduating this week … Continue reading PAE hosts 2017 Graduation Ceremony
The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC) is a program within Portland Adult Education that helps immigrants and refugees overcome barriers to find employment in their professional careers. The mission of NMRC is to support Maine’s economic development by meeting employers’ demands for a skilled and culturally diverse workforce. NMRC’s recently released 2016 Annual Report shows … Continue reading NMRC helps immigrants find jobs and boosts Maine’s economy
A class of English language learners at Portland Adult Education (PAE) spent all semester researching careers. Students in Shoshana Hoose’s ESOL5 class then presented a Career Fair on March 22 at the school. Their reports are displayed on 10 panels that will remain on the walls of PAE’s basement through the end of March. The … Continue reading Public invited to view PAE students’ Career Fair reports
Portland Adult Education (PAE) welcomes Anita St. Onge as its Executive Director. St. Onge is an attorney with 15 years of practice and 15 years of experience managing more than $11 million in grant-funded projects at USM’s Muskie School. She has worked on problem-solving and strategic planning with multiple mental health, social service, and legal … Continue reading Portland Adult Education has a new Executive Director
Portland Adult Education (PAE) students and teachers papered the school with Valentine’s Day messages this week to share their appreciation, love, wishes and optimism for the school and their community. They used colorful paper hearts to write answers to the questions: What do you love? About your life? About PAE? The purpose of the heartfelt … Continue reading PAE Students, Staff Show Some Valentine’s Day Love
Friends of Portland Adult Education (FPAE) has received a $9,900 grant from the Rines/Thompson Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support scholarships and credential evaluations for students at Portland Adult Education (PAE). “Enrolling in specific skill-building courses or receiving credit for prior educational experience can significantly reduce the time on public assistance before a … Continue reading PAE Students To Benefit from $9,900 Grant From Scholarships