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America's Boating Course


with Scott Miller

Calendar Mar 24, 2018 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

This day-long workshop is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of safe boating. The course covers safety equipment, trip planning navigation rules and aids, state and federal regulations, anchoring, dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies, communications, trailering, and knots and lines. The course also introduces navigation and the use of charts - important information on determining where you are and how to safely go where you wish. The information is useful for users of all sorts of watercraft (power, sail, paddle) and for both ocean and freshwater boating. The course includes an examination for certification for states that require operator licenses. This course is sponsored by the United States Power Squadrons. Students who take the course and pass the exam will be offered a free 6-month membership in United States Power Squadrons. Scott Miller is an avid offshore sailor and racer, who has pursued rigorous practical and safety training in the UK and US. He holds a Yachtmaster Offshore certification. Student manuals are required and will be available at the Ellsworth Adult Ed Office after 03/16/18; as this is a one-day course, there is required reading to be done before the day of class. The manuals are $30.00 (may be shared) and there is an additional $10.00 per person fee payable to PBSPS, both to be paid when picking up the manual. These costs are in addition to the Adult Education registration fee. Please bring a bag lunch!


American Sign Language 1


with Carrie Pierce

Calendar May 9, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This course will cover the basics of grammar within ASL. Topics covered will be time, food, family, colors, numbers, ABCs, feelings, animals and likes and dislikes. Students will learn how to have a basic conversation in ASL. This class will also cover topics within the deaf community and will be voice off. The course uses a variety of learning methods, such as games, partner, and group work. Carrie Pierce is a deaf woman and nationally certified ASL teacher, teaching at universities and adult ed programs throughout Maine. Makeup class (if needed) 06/20/18.


American Sign Language 2


with Carrie Pierce

Calendar May 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This course will build on the foundation of ASL 1.  We will be increasing our comprehension of topics and watch our conversation skills unfold. We will use grammar skills of ASL. These will include contrastive structure, classifiers, listing, use of verbs, and asking questions. Vocabulary topics will be based on the needs of the class. The course is taught without the use of voice. Students will continue to develop strategies to communicate without talking.  Course is taught by playing games, peer interaction and group work.  Students should be able to recall vocabulary taught in ASL 1, based on food, feelings, opinions, family, animals, the calendar and a few questions.  Students should have at least 12 hours of prior experience with a certified ASL Deaf Instructor. Carrie Pierce is a deaf woman and nationally certified ASL teacher, teaching at universities and adult ed programs throughout Maine. Makeup class (if needed) 06/20/18.


Archery Hunter Safety - Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife


with Ernest West

Calendar Mar 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Location and date change - please see below.  This archery education course will provide a student with a wealth of knowledge regarding equipment, proper hunting methods, responsibilities, and general safety. Course covers equipment, personal safety, survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass, ethics and landowner rights. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend both classes to receive your certificate. This class is required to be eligible to purchase a crossbow license. Please bring a bag lunch for the Saturday class. Ernie has been teaching CPR/First Aid courses for more than 20 years as well as outdoor recreation safety courses for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife courses are available to students 10 years of age and older; school age students must be accompanied by an adult.

This class meets Thursday 3/15/18 from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 3/24/18 from 9:00am-4:00pm.

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Art:  Acrylics (March)
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Art: Acrylics (March)


with Melissa Rioux

Calendar Mar 21, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the basics of working with acrylic paint and color mixing. Much like the beginners’ watercolor class, students will learn basic color theory and the properties of this water-based paint. Students will make a color wheel, three color studies using grids and shapes, and experiment with manipulating the media to paint a portrait/self portrait or a still life composition. Course materials are available for purchase online, at AC Moore in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Ed students). Melissa Rioux hails from coastal Maine but spent 10 years in New York teaching and writing arts curriculum for children and adults. She is devoted to the transformative power art can have to alter and improve the world. No class 04/18/18; makeup class (if needed) 05/09/2018.

Supply List

Acrylic Paints: Alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow and lemon yellow, cobalt and ultramarine blue or cerulean, viridian green, titanium white, mars or ivory black, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, raw umber;

Brushes (an assortment): Filbert, round (size 3, 6, 8), 1/2” flat;

Disposable palette paper (or some type of palette);

Medium palette knife;

Canvases or clay boards (4);

Pad of Bristol vellum or heavy multimedia paper (watercolor paper works);

Water jar, pencils, masking tape or drafting tape, and a small spray bottle for water.

Melissa suggests that this list is ideal. If all are not affordable, bring what you have to the first class and she’ll review supplies.


Art: Certainly You Can Draw!


with Margret Baldwin

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Participants in this class will gain confidence and trust in their ability to see. With a few simple skills in their backpacks, they will confidently meet the challenge of recording what they, with their unique interest, choose to look at and then to see. Responsive drawing, attention to line quality, perspective, value, proportion, observation of the object in its surrounding space will be enhanced and enriched by occasional examples of great master works from the history of artistic expression. Group support and sharing of successes and challenges are an integral part of this supportive, non-judgmental learning environment. Bring 11” x 14” drawing pad, pencil sharpener, charcoal stick, drawing pencils (HB, 5B & H), eraser and kneadable eraser, as well as the joy and courage to explore something new! Course materials are available for purchase online, at AC Moore in Bangor, and Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts in Hancock (10% discount for Adult Education students). Margret is a Certified Art Instructor with 25 years in the public school system, as well as private teaching experience. No class 04/17/18; makeup class (if needed) 05/15/18.


Arts & Crafts: Crochet - Spring Chicken Hotpad


with Lynn O'Kane

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

We will be making a chicken hotpad in this hands-on class. This class is designed for the confident beginner but no experience is required. Class is limited to six students. Please bring a size G or H crochet hook and a ball of cotton yarn (Sugar & Cream or Peaches & Cream for the main body of the chicken) to the first class. Lynn O'Kane is a life-long crafter who enjoys making handmade items and sharing her skills and ideas through teaching. Makeup class (if needed) 04/24/18.


Basic Computer Skills Certificate Program
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Basic Computer Skills Certificate Program


with Vanessa Richards

Calendar Jan 2, 2018 at 3 pm

Today more and more jobs require computer skills, and some employers require all job seekers to apply for jobs online.  Many jobs require employees to know how to use email, search the internet, creatdocuments, and handle other digital literacy tasks. 

Ellsworth Adult Education has partnered with NorthStar Basic Computer to teach digital literacy skills and document mastery by awarding certificates while also preparing the next steps for your career path. Ongoing Enrollment.

Registration for this class is not available online.  Please contact us at or by telephone at 207.664.7110.


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