Education briefs, The Courier-Gazette
Pathways to Teacher Certification begin at URock
ROCKLAND — University College at Rockland offers University of Maine System programs that allow people with or without bachelor’s degrees to obtain the credentials necessary to teach in Maine. Courses are offered at the center, online, and through ITV and video conference.
The options to earn accreditation for certification in elementary education or in early childhood education are provided through a collaborative arrangement between the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Augusta. The programs offer pathways for those without a bachelors degree as well as for those who have a degree in a different subject area but who wish to prepare for a teaching career.
A collaborative agreement between the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine at Augusta has created a special education certification program for off-campus students. Students may earn a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from UMA while taking special education courses from UMM, including 15 hours of student teaching at a school district near the student’s home.
Students who have a bachelors degree from a regionally-accredited college may seek conditional certification to teach in Maine. Maine utilizes “Transcript Analysis” to grant conditional licenses to teachers coming from another subject area, out-of-state teachers, and those looking to change careers. Applicants must meet academic requirements for the subject
Get a GED with Five Town CSD
ROCKPORT — Whether one needs to get a GED or wants to improve skills for work or college, the Five Town CSD Adult Learning Center can help. The Learning Center is open flexible hours — drop in any time Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, Five Town CSD offers tutoring on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Learning Center is available for GED tutoring, College Transitions program support and tutoring, and English as a Second Language tutoring. All tutoring is on an individualized basis. Students can progress at their own pace and work on any subject they need help with. Skills books are available in the Learning Center and there are several computers for student use. There is no fee for any Learning Center tutoring.
The Learning Center is located in downtown Camden in the superintendent’s office on Lions Lane, just off Knowlton Street near the Camden-Rockport Middle School, in the Bus Barn. For more information call Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, option 5.
Oceanside senior Wotton named 'Commended Student'
ROCKLAND — The principal, Thomas Forti, of Oceanside High School announced that Nikolai Wotton has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Financial aid night
WALDOBORO — On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Medomak Valley High School gymnasium there will be an information session about financial aid. Mila Tappen, from the Finance Authority of Maine, will answer any questions concerning college finances and the Free Application For Federal Student Aid or FAFSA process.
Rockland District Middle School announces Veteran’s Day assembly
ROCKLAND — Rockland District Middle School will be holding its traditional Veteran’s Day breakfast and assembly on Friday, Nov. 9.
All veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Breakfast will start at 8 a.m. in the library. The assembly will start at 8:40 a.m. in the gymnasium.