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HiSET

HISET MATH LAB
TBA
Based on pretest results, students will receive instruction in math in preparation for HiSET testing.  One-on-one instruction will be provided when possible.
THU/September 7, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Cost: Free

HISET PREP
RENCKENS, THOMAS
Based on pretest results, students will receive instruction in Language Arts-Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts-Reading, and Mathematics in preparation for HiSET testing.  One-on-one instruction will be provided when possible.
THU/September 7, 2017, 5:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Cost: Free

Marti symbolHISET WRITING LAB
ROY, MONIQUE
This class is designed to help students improve their writing skills for college or the HiSET. Learn to develop  a main idea through explanation of supporting reasons, examples, and details. We will cover clear organization of ideas, including an introduction and conclusion, logical paragraphs and effective transitions; language use, including varied word choice, varied sentence constructions and appropriate voice; and clarity and correctness of writing conventions.
THU/September 7, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Cost: Free

 

ART

INTRODUCTION TO ART
WINCHELL, WYNNE
This beginners' level class provides an opportunity for self-discovery and inner exploration using a variety of creative media. We will explore 2-D and 3-D projects such as drawing, printmaking, and clay hand building. Projects will be a catalyst for individual and creative expression. Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm. MON/September 11, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $20

CAREERS

Marti symbolACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING
CORCORAN, REBECCA
This course will prepare students for post secondary education and the workplace. It covers interest inventories, learning styles, and personality preferences, self-evaluations of work abilities and skill toward career pathways. Recognizing and overcoming barriers to college and the workplace will be discussed as well as development of appropriate attitudes, time management, organizational skills, conflict resolution, and work ethics. College placement testing, college tours, navigating a college campus or career site, interviewing skills and applications for college and work will be covered, along with resumes, and doing on-line applications. We will address the soft skills one needs to get and keep a job or stay in school. MON/September 11, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Text Fee: TBA
WED/September 13, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Text Fee: TBA

 

COMPUTERS

Marti symbolINTRODUCTION TO VIDEO PRODUCTION
CORMIER, ANDRE
Whether it is local news, live sports, documentaries, or long form videography, this class will give you insight and exposure to the process of video production.  The class will go through the process of developing a story, a production plan, and bringing that plan to completion.  The class will also cover the basics of using a video camera from both a technical and composition perspective.  Students will also be introduced to editing software (Final Cut Pro/iMovie) and graphic design software (Photoshop/Gimp).  The technical aspects of live video and studio production will also be discussed.
WED/September 6, 2017, 12:30-2:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15


ENGLISH

Marti symbolEXPRESSIVE WRITING
FOSTER, JANICE
Are you a writer?  Do you believe in self-expression?  Need a break from the formal writing?  Then, this class is for YOU.  Students will examine, experiment, and introduce creative ideas through a variety of venues such as: anecdotes, monologues, cartoons, short stories, and films.  Constructing pieces of writing with characters, events, or experiences will be presented through a portfolio designed with the use of innovative technology tools and lively discussions.
THU/September 7, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, , Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolFILM AND LITERATURE
FOSTER, JANICE
We will explore the multifaceted relationship between film and literature. The students become familiar with film genres, terminology, and techniques; how to analyze film using literary devices; how to examine the relevant evidence in films to develop well-written assignments; and how to initiate an understanding of film as an avenue for academic purposes, not just entertainment.
TUE/September 5, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only + Text

 

HEALTH

Marti symbolCHILD DEVELOPMENT
MICHAUD, CAROL
Children's behavior can be both fascinating and frustrating, especially when you don't understand it.  This class will explore physical, emotional, social and intellectual development from conception through adolescence.  We will see how child development theory applies to everyday life.  Links will be made to parenting, family, community, and the workplace.  You will learn that taking care of children is one of the most important responsibilities you can have.
TUE/September 5, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

EXPLORING RELATIONSHIPS
PARADIS, KATHLEEN
PROVOST, NANCY
This course focuses on the relationships between personal choices and individual well-being with an emphasis on teaching healthy ways to listen and communicate with family, peers, and others. Discussion will raise awareness about social issues and increase knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.
THU/September 7, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolHEALTH
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course will focus on many health-related issues facing today’s adolescents. It is geared to enhance knowledge and skills for applying current information and resources related to mental health, conflict resolution, environmental health, substance use and abuse, prevention and control of diseases, safety and injury prevention, stress management, nutrition, aging, consumer health, and public health.
WED/November 1, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only + Text

Marti symbolPSYCHOLOGY
MICHAUD, CAROL
Psychology is the study of behavior.  In this class we will explore the fascinating human brain and the wide world of human behavior.  Topics covered will include: emotions and motivation, sensations and perceptions, stress, the brain, the personality, altered states of consciousness, abnormal behavior and the learning process.  This class will be helpful in understanding yourself and others.
TUE/September 5, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

 

HISTORY & GOVERNMENT

Marti symbolCIVICS
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course introduces the concepts described in the Maine Learning Results.  Students will engage in hands-on projects and activities to see the effect of an active citizenry in the local, state, and federal community.  Students will utilize educational tools to supplement their learning experience.
MON/September 11, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only + Text

Marti symbolCURRENT EVENTS
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course identifies and discusses significant contemporary events and trends, and also enhances understanding of these issues by placing them into proper historic context. News stories are discussed in depth each class and their importance and interrelationships are assessed. The course aims at instilling awareness and a continued interest in developments in the world and also seeks to provide young adult citizens with practice in seeking out information, processing it, and determining its value and meaning. MON/November 13, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee $15

Marti symbolECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course is designed to introduce students to basic economic principles and skills associated with Personal Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Global Economics. We will cover the basic skills (balancing a checkbook, maintaining good credit) you will need to get by in today's modern financial maze. We will explore what you need to know about credit and loans, insurance, taxes, how to pay for college and how to be an informed consumer when making a large purchase.
MON/WED, September 11, 2017, 12:30-2:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma students only + Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolHISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course examines musical, historical, and social aspects of American popular music since the Colonial Period, with a focus on the development of American popular music since 1920. Genres explored will include folk, blues, rhythm and blues, country and western, rock and roll, punk, hard rock, and hip hop. Written assignments, listening and viewing assignments, discussions, and projects are the major components of this course. Upon completion, students are expected to identify key styles, when and how they were significant in the timeline of popular music, and list key cultural and social differences.
THU/September 7, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolU. S. HISTORY
EMERY, MICHAEL
This class will cover the history of our nation from the end of the Civil War, including Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, Immigration and Urbanization, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Postwar Boom, the Great Society, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam and Counterculture, Nixon and Watergate, Conservatism, Clinton and the Tech Boom.  This class is taught with a combination of the academic software Odyssey, textbook, and class discussions. TUE/September 5, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only + Text


MATH

FOUNDATIONS OF MATH
EMERY, MICHAEL
This class provides instruction in basic math computation. We will explore the place value system, the meaning of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and their application to whole numbers, as well as an introduction to fractions and decimals. This course will lay the foundation for future math courses.
WED/September 6, 2017, 8:30-11:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only + Text

Marti symbolINTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course provides a good foundation in the areas of statistics and probability. Students will interpret categorical and quantitative data, make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys and experiments, and understand and apply the rules of probability to solve problems and evaluate outcomes, among other things. Many assessments will be project-/data-based.
WED/September 6, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolINTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
CORMIER, ANDRE
This course provides a good foundation in the areas of statistics and probability. Students will interpret categorical and quantitative data, make inferences and justify conclusions from sample surveys and experiments, and understand and apply the rules of probability to solve problems and evaluate outcomes, among other things. Many assessments will be project-/data-based.
WED/November 1, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolMULTI-LEVEL MATH
CORMIER, ANDRE
These course offerings are open to all students needing math for any purpose and at any level of skill, familiarity, and comfort with math. The levels are based on the Career and College Readiness Standards. The instructors’ goal is to group students of similar levels together whenever possible. We will engage in both group and individual work, using a combination of textbook-, computer-, and activity-based learning. Topics, based on student need, will vary from whole-number operations to algebraic problem-solving, geometric reasoning, and everything in between.
MON/September 11, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Fee to be determined by program

Marti symbolMULTI-LEVEL MATH
EMERY, MICHAEL
These course offerings are open to all students needing math for any purpose and at any level of skill, familiarity, and comfort with math. The levels are based on the Career and College Readiness Standards. The instructors’ goal is to group students of similar levels together whenever possible. We will engage in both group and individual work, using a combination of textbook-, computer-, and activity-based learning. Topics, based on student need, will vary from whole-number operations to algebraic problem-solving, geometric reasoning, and everything in between.
MON/September 11, 2017, 8:30-11:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Fee to be determined by program
TUE/THU, September 5, 2017, 12:30-2:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Fee to be determined by program
TUE/September 5, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Fee to be determined by program

 

SCIENCE

Marti symbolINTEGRATED SCIENCE
CORMIER, ANDRE
Explore the different aspects and integrations of science using technology and student collaboration. Learners will be able to choose and investigate a scientific focus in Environmental, Earth and Space, or Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering – Energy – the Environment. Students will be able to work individually and participate in group experiments and activities; develop an ability to be aware of and participate in scientific inquiry; deepen their understanding of interrelationships between organisms and the environment, recognize patterns in systems, and expand their knowledge of cellular dimensions of living systems. Engage and explore the world through the lens of science!
MON/September 11, 2017, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

Marti symbolINTRO TO ELECTRONICS, PROGRAMMING, AND ROBOTICS
MCFARLAND, TRUAX
In this course students will learn the habits of mind needed to program, the science behind computers, the basic theory of electronics, simple electronic skills such as soldering, how to create a web page, how to program in a basic drag and drop format, data theory, and how to program a simple robot.   Curriculum will be based largely on Exploring Computer Science (ECS) and the Edison Robot learning system.    Students will need computer access, a willingness to collaborate with others and accept open ended challenges.   Grading will be based on rubric similar to employee evaluation forms used in STEM fields.
WED/September 6, 2017, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $20