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SCAE Holds Workshop Days for Students and the Community!

October 2nd and 3rd, 2018, were very different than the usual class days at Sanford Community Adult Education. All daytime and night classes were transformed into workshops about colleges, employment, local social service agencies, self-care, and supporting family and friends with substance abuse disorders. Students, their families and friends, and other community members who attended chose between several options for each time block.

Presenters included representatives from York County Community College, University of Maine Augusta, University of Southern Maine, Sanford Institution for Savings, Goodwill Workforce Solutions, York County Community Action, and Strategies for a Stronger Sanford. Teachers and staff at SCAE also presented workshops on such diverse topics as job hunting tips, transitioning to college from adult education, managing your money, understanding math in the news, communication without technology, self-care-yoga, and a history of Sanford.

Particularly well-attended were two workshops called, “Supporting Family and Friends with Substance Abuse Disorders”, facilitated by Lynn Hatch of Strategies for a Stronger Sanford.

Another highlight was a panel of “Successful Former Adult Ed Students, which included Laura Miller, an R.N. who attended SCAE over 10 years ago; Jessica Rogers, who attended five years ago and is now a trainer for a medical records company; and Nathan Darigan, who graduated in June 2018 and is now attending SMCC in South Portland. These former students shared their stories of struggle and success.

Allen Lampert, Director at Sanford Community Adult Education commented. “This is our second year providing this service to the community. We are proud to be able to offer these workshops to our students and the community at-large, and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Students arrived to coffee, breakfast pastries, and fruit. They were also provided with lunch and snacks throughout the day.  There was ample break time between the sessions for participants to talk further with workshop presenters or each other.  This was the second annual Student Workshop Days, and next year’s event is being planned.


Posted by Lisa Blanchette  on October 17, 2018 | Read more in: News and Events

Spotlight on Kristin Fitzpatrick, Arts Afire Studio

Spotlight  shines a light on the people who are part of the Sanford Community Adult Education community. Once a month we’ll introduce you to an instructor, staff member or student.

Our first Spotlight  interview is with Kristin Fitzpatrick, the new Studio Coordinator for  SCAE’s Arts Afire Studio.  Kristin, a Kennebunk native, is a 2013 graduate of Maine College of Art in Portland, where she had a concentration in printmaking and a minor in public engagement.

Kristin brings extraordinary energy to this position, as she works to broaden the studio’s scope and its visibility. “I would like Arts Afire to be a hub,” she says.  Kristin worked tirelessly through the summer to enhance the studio’s facilities, and to let more folks know the studio exists and is available for a variety of purposes.

Additions to the studio, which is in the SCAE suite on Bradeen Street, include a new drafting table, new silk-screening equipment and two pottery wheels.  The equipment was either donated or sold at a reduced rate to SCAE, Kristin notes.  She also received “donations” of time from others as she worked on making changes in the studio.

Kristin has been reaching out into local communities and connecting with people and organizations to let them know what the studio offers. As a result, Arts Afire is now going to be home to the Sanford-Springvale Art Association.  She also connected with Greater Bay Services in Sanford, which will bring its clients to the studio.  Most recently she has been discussing a collaborative project with the Sanford Trails group; she says the studio could be used to make signage to help the organization increase access and visibility.

Kristin is also letting people know that the studio is not solely a place where SCAE classes are held; it is also available to artists who need studio space. At just $8 an hour, it is an affordable option for local artists. Other offerings include individual or semi-private classes; an artist mentorship program and private art parties.

As for the classes being offered, Kristin says there is a wide variety of courses, with more focus on fine arts. Kristin will be teaching several classes; they include a general art class designed for young students ages eight through 13. She also came up with the idea of offering professional development classes for artists. “Professional Practices for Artists,” taught by Abby Dagget, is a five-week class that starts October  2.

Kristin believes that art-making can be accessible to all. “My personal take is that anyone and everyone is an artist,” she says. “There’s a lot of different ways to participate in the arts.”

Kristin also continues to nurture her own art career. She creates commissioned pieces, and she also exhibits her work. Most recently she was part of a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland.  Kristin’s main focus at the moment, however, is  Arts Afire.  Here, Kristin is artfully using her creative energies to infuse the studio with new possibilities. To learn more about the classes and/or the facilities, visit You can also connect to Kristin at


Posted by Sue Colley  on September 6, 2018


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Posted by Sue Colley  on December 7, 2017

SCAE Graduates They are Survivors!

By Shawn P. Sullivan / York County Coast Star Contributor
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at 2:09 PM Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 2:09 PM

SANFORD -- Wednesday was a big night for Sanford Community Adult Education’s Class of 2018 -- so exciting, in fact, that one of the graduates even managed to pull off what could be described as an academic hat trick.

SCAE graduate Nathan Darigan delivered one of the two student addresses to the audience gathered for the graduation ceremony at the Memorial Gym. He also was awarded a $500 scholarship and was presented with SCAE’s annual Outstanding Student Award.

It was a night of pride and achievement, of red and white caps and gowns, of victories for students who overcame obstacles to succeed in education and launch their futures.

In addition to Darigan, the following SCAE graduates attended the commencement and collected their diplomas on Wednesday evening: Linda Austin; Alexis Fagan; Davanah Fields; Amanda Gage-Hills; Guy Gilpatrick; Jordan Johnson; Jaclyn Paige Lipert; Jasmin Petroni; Chloe Plautz; Kassandra Starcher; Elizabeth Thibeault; Arrah Twohearts; and Jade Winchell.

And there were more graduates than met the eye: John Butler, Gage Cyr, Alfred DeMattia, Nicholas Ducharme, Daniel Gibson, Andrew Harris, Selena Kou, Patrick Roberts, Cassandra Scott, Jessey Stevens, Kathleen Tabb, Devyn Velush, and Corey Zuk did not attend the graduation ceremony but have all earned their diplomas.

As well, the following graduates are now Certified Nursing Assistants as a result of their hard work at SCAE: Jennifer Croteau; Ayla Flaherty-Wood; Shelby Goodrich; Elizabeth Griffin; Bethany Jones; Amanda Kiernan; Kami Maheu; Donna Marcus; Caitlyn Snyder; and Teresa Ziehler-Young.

The following graduates also have earned their employment certificates in their respective fields: Shelby Caron, in Web Design; Barbara Burdick and Suzanne Strout, in Excel; Frances Kelly, in Dental Assistance; Sankararoa Kalisetti, in Workplace Communication; Elizabeth Huot and Sherry Tysver, in Paralegal; Lisa Lambert, in Medical Billing; and Kimberly Parello and Kristie Sibley, in Medical Administrative Assistance.

It was even a memorable night for SCAE staff members. Director Allen Lampert recognized the years of service of three employees: Deb Thompson, who has been a teacher at SCAE for 20 years; Marketing and Advertising Coordinator Sue Colley, who also has been involved with SCAE for two decades; and Academic and Vocational Coordinator Lisa Blanchette, who has worked at SCAE for 30 years.

After the graduates marched through the gym to their seats to “Pomp and Circumstance,” Superintendent of Schools David Theoharides began the evening by telling everyone in the audience that he and Assistant Superintendent Matt Nelson had just last week attended a spring concert put on by local first-graders. The children, he said, waved to their families in the audience throughout the performance, and the families waved back too. Theoharides encouraged the SCAE graduates to rise, turn and face the audience and wave, and he invited families and friends to wave as well. Both sides complied in what was a fun, lighthearted moment.

Graduate Elizabeth Thibeault delivered one of the Student Messages. She thanked her family, especially her husband, who, she said, always made sure she did her homework. She thanked everyone at SCAE for all they had done for her. As well, Thibeault encouraged her fellow graduates to follow their dreams and “keep your education going” in pursuit of a well-paying job.

Thibeault told the audience that she was supposed to graduate with Sanford High’s Class of 1978 but was unable to continue her education at one point. She offered herself as proof that it is never too late to get one’s diploma and pursue one’s dreams.

“Forty years later, here I am!” she declared, to much applause from the audience.

As stated, Darigan delivered a Student Message, as well. He took a unique approach: he sang “The Cave,” a hit song by Mumford & Sons. SCAE had printed the lyrics on the back of the evening’s program, so that the audience could listen, follow the lyrics, and take their meaning on this special occasion.

Danielle Treadwell, the president of the Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, presented the service organization’s two $500 scholarships to Linda Austin and Arrah Twohearts. Linda Kay Brown, a volunteer with York County Senior College’s curriculum committee, presented YCSC’s two $500 scholarships to Thibeault and Darigan.

Brian Sillon, the co-founder of Aroma Joe’s, a popular coffee-based enterprise with three sites in Sanford, served as the occasion’s guest speaker. Sillon, a 1990 graduate of Noble High School, charted his own career path, noting his achievements but also those moments when he paid his dues by working at basic jobs in which his skills and talents were not necessarily needed.

“There is a reason that you’re there,” Sillon said, referring to those moments on the so-called lower rungs of the employment ladder. “Keep going.”

Sillon also shared the story of how Aroma Joe’s started and has since thrived.

Sillon told the graduates there are three important things in life: health; the support of family and friends; and passion and drive, not for money and power, but for one’s dreams and values. He also encouraged the graduates to speak up for themselves in life, to treat others as they would like to be treated, and to appreciate today, as “tomorrow is promised to no one.”

“There are going to be challenges,” Sillon said. “I encourage you to work through them.”

Both Lampert and School Committee Chairman John Roux offered congratulations and words of inspiration to the graduates.

Lampert praised the men and woman clad in caps and gowns, recognizing that most of them had been unable to complete high school for assorted reasons but had maintained the qualities that made them special and assured them future success.

“They are survivors,” Lampert said of the graduates. “They keep coming back to us. They don’t give up.”

Roux praised the power of positive thinking and encouraged the graduates to look back on their journeys and then challenge themselves to continue shaping their futures.

“You’ve all traveled different paths to get here, but the most important thing is that you made it,” Roux said. “Congratulations.”

Graduation 2018 Video


Posted by Sue Colley  on July 28, 2016

Corporate Training at SCAE

SCAE is now offering a full menu of corporate training programs to meet the needs of local Sanford/Springvale businesses both small and large. Having worked with local companies like Waban, Southern Maine Health Care, and Nasson Health Care, providing training in Microsoft Office and customer service, SCAE is expanding its program to the greater business community in Sanford and Springvale.

SCAE provides training in:

Microsoft Office applications

Customer Service
Business Communication
Business Writing

Please contact Lisa Blancette at for more information


Posted by Sue Colley  on July 23, 2015

ConnectME Comes to Sanford!

About ConnectME

The ConnectME Authority is a component unit of Maine state government whose mission is to facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Mainers and help them understand the valuable role it can play in enriching their lives and helping their communities and businesses thrive.

Duties of the Authority include:
•Establish criteria defining unserved and underserved areas;
•Enhance communications technology infrastructure;
•Monitor wireless coverage in areas where the authority determines the quality of the coverage is inadequate;
•Expand the availability of broadband to residential and small business customers in unserved or underserved areas;
•Expand the availability of broadband with bandwidth, synchronicity, reliability and security adequate to serve business, education and enterprise consumers in unserved or underserved areas;
•Otherwise enhance the State's communications technology infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas;
•Collect, aggregate, coordinate and disseminate information and data concerning communications services and advanced communications technology infrastructure in the State;
•Track investment in advanced communications technology infrastructure;
•Continually assess the availability of and need for advanced communications technology infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas within the State;
•Identify and secure federal and other funding sources for broadband or wireless deployment or education;
•Identify opportunities for coordination among providers, consumers and state and local governmental
entities, including coordination with the statewide emergency radio network; and
•Create and facilitate public awareness and educational programs to encourage
Nearly five years ago, approximately 86% of the state had access to high-speed Internet service with an adoption rate of approximately 40%. In the five years since the Authority was established, broadband access or availability has risen to over 91% with 73% of Maine households subscribing to some type of broadband service (compared to 68% nationally).

About the Authority
The ConnectME Broadband Authority consists of a board of five members, an Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, assistance from the Office of Information Technology and an Advisory Council.


Posted by Sue Colley  on December 13, 2013


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