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Several PAE students were among the first to earn a Construction Institute Certificate at SMCC this past fall.  Check out the article at Bangor Daily News. Back row, from left, SMCC President Ron Cantor, Ambroise Bibang-Minko (Portland), Lazarus Donato (Portland), Luis Ramos Dubon (Portland), Adiel Nimbona (South Portland), Justin St. Germain (Portland), and Dan Belyea, … Continue reading Several PAE students earn Construction Institute Certificate
New Certified Nursing Assistants graduated December 13th thanks to a partnership between Portland Adult Education and New England Rehab Hospital of Portland.
An exhibit about immigrant life in the Portland area created by English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at Portland Adult Education will be on display at Portland City Hall from December 6-15. The exhibit, titled Immigrants Down East, includes profiles of local immigrant leaders, immigrant-owned businesses and organizations important to immigrants. Students also … Continue reading Exhibit Gives Inside Look at Immigrant Life in Portland
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