A 5-session Beekeeping 101 course has been added to the schedule. The course will begin Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. To register online click here or call York Adult Ed. at 363.7922.
Posted by Andrea Winslow on December 5, 2013 | Read more in: Events
Interviews are being scheduled now for the Certified Nursing Assistant course that begins on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014.
To schedule an interview, or for more information, please call York Adult Education at 207.363.7922
Posted by Andrea Winslow on December 4, 2013 | Read more in: News
York Adult Education is looking for teachers. Do you have a special skill, talent, or interest that you would like to share with others? Such as gardening, cooking, technology, music, or crafts.
We are currently accepting proposals for our Spring 2014 semester. If you are interested please click on the link for a course proposal form, or e-mail Andrea Winslow at email@example.com.
Thank you for your consideration!
Posted by Andrea Winslow on November 6, 2013 | Read more in: News
The State Education Department’s action came in response to concerns from the adult education community about readiness to move to a fully computer-based test by 2014 as would be required with the current exam provider
AUGUSTA – In an effort to better support the college and career readiness of all Mainers, the State has chosen a new high school equivalency assessment provider.
Beginning in 2014, Maine will offer the ETS high school equivalency test program, known as HiSET, which covers the same content areas as the current GED and allows test-takers to demonstrate proficiency of the academic skills expected by employers and post-secondary institutions.
“For adults without a high school diploma, earning a high school credential can open doors to more job opportunities, the potential for better earnings and the option to seek a college education,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Employers are looking to hire skilled workers, and the high school equivalency provides yet another option for Mainers to be competitive when pursuing these opportunities.”
Maine opted to move away from the GED in response to that provider’s projected three-fold cost increase and decision to deliver the new version of their test by computer only starting in 2014. Leaders in the adult education community expressed concerns that the 76 testing sites across the state were not prepared for that transition.
In addition to the new test delivery format and more rigorous questions had Maine stuck with GED, any scores from GED subject area tests taken before January of 2014 would not count toward completion, meaning students would have to start all over again.
Instead, ETS was chosen by the State through a competitive bidding process because they offered both a paper-based and computerized test. As soon as testing sites are technologically prepared to transition over to solely computerized-testing, they hope to do so, said Maine Department of Education Adult Education Director Gail Senese.
The new assessment offered by ETS will cost the State $50, but have no cost to the test-taker. Up to two retests are included within 12 months at no additional cost.
Those who are already underway with the current GED battery will be able to integrate their sub-test scores into the new assessment, but Senese said the State is encouraging Mainers to move forward on completion so they can move on with their employment and post-secondary goals.
“Maine DOE and local adult education program staff throughout Maine share a deep commitment to serving adult learners and providing, at no cost to test-takers, extensive test preparation and college and career advisement,” said Senese. “The move to ETS’ HiSET will allow all of us to continue our learner-focused approach and ultimately strengthen Maine’s families, communities and economy.”
While “GED” and “high school equivalency assessment” are used interchangeably, more and more states are moving away from that provider as others have entered the market. In recent months, New Hampshire, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Tennessee have joined Maine in choosing HiSET.
Adult educators lauded Maine DOE’s leadership in seeking a new provider and their eventual selection.
“The decision to use the ETS HiSET put a lot of local programs’ minds at ease and our students’ learning first,” said Maine Adult Education Association President and Auburn Adult Education Director Bill Grant. “To go out to RFP and select ETS is a great example of the State being fiscally responsible with taxpayer funds, while ensuring education standards remained high. The State selected a rigorous and respected test that is reasonably priced, and was mindful of the spending required by local school departments for new testing materials and technology for testing.”
For more information about earning a high school equivalency credential, visit www.maine.gov/doe/adult.
Posted by Andrea Winslow on November 6, 2013
Do you like to walk? Now that the days are getting shorter don’t let the dark evenings keep you from being active this fall! Grab your sneakers, bring your friends, and come to the Indoor Walking Trail at York High School.
Offered jointly with the Choose To Be Healthy Partnership at York Hospital, starting Tuesday, November 5th the indoor trails will be open from 4:30-7:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, for pre-registered community members to use. Call York Adult Education at 363-7922 to sign up, or click here. Or, for more information call Deborah Erickson-Irons, Project Director for the Choose To Be Healthy Partnership, at 351-2659.
There will be a FREE orientation on Tuesday, November 5th, 5:30 pm at York High School.
Posted by Andrea Winslow on October 30, 2013 | Read more in: Events
September 12, 2012
CURRENT VERSION OF GED TEST TO EXPIRE AT END OF 2013 Millions who have started but not finished the test at risk of having to start over
(Washington, DC) –Today, GED Testing Service announced the launch of its campaign, Your Future is Calling, to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of 2013. The current version of the test—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. As part of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, GED Testing Service invites educators and literacy partners nationwide to join the campaign.
“More than a million adults have started but not finished the current GED test,” said Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. “As a nation, we cannot afford to let millions of working-aged adults miss this opportunity to complete and pass the GED test, opening doors to college, training, and better jobs.”
Those interested in joining the campaign can sign up online at GEDtestingservice.com/jointhecampaign. On the campaign site you can find talking points, outreach strategies, and print materials to help inform test-takers of this deadline and opportunity. GED test-takers can find more information at finishtheGED.com, or by visiting one of their local adult education or GED testing centers.
The GED test contains five parts that can be taken separately, but must all be passed to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed every section, have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED test.
“There are resources available to GED test-takers in every state. Whether you need classes, online preparation, or just someone to help you get through the process, support is available,” said Debi Faucette, former GED Administrator and State Adult Education Director for the State of Louisiana. “If you know a GED test-taker, please encourage them to test before the 2013 deadline. They should visit finishtheGED.com or go to their local GED testing center for more information.”
The new 2014 GED test will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and college-readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer and offered only in official testing centers.
About GED Testing Service
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the only official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.
About the GED Test on Computer
Currently 24 states offer the GED test on computer at authorized testing centers. The GED test on computer is the same 2002 series GED test that is currently offered on paper and pencil. Test-takers must take the GED test – whether on paper or computer – in person at an official GED testing center. The GED test is never offered online.
To view this press release online click here.
Posted by Andrea Winslow on September 13, 2012 | Read more in: News