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Posted by Tammie Leach  on March 15, 2016

RSU# Adult Education Program receives top marks by Ben Holbrook, Republican Journal

THORNDIKE-- Regional School Unit 3's home-based education program received high marks on a report card released by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

    The Students and Parents in Cooperative Education Family Literacy Program, or SPICE, sends adult education and early childhood instructors into the homes and families in the 11 district towns, which covers more that 440 square miles.

    Overall, SPICE received a total of 55 points for a final grade of "A-," according to the press release from the Barbara Bush Foundation. The grade was based on an independent evaluation that factored in the impact of the program on adult literacy skills, children's literacy skills, family learning activities, student recruitment and retention and other areas.

    Patricia Hughes, adult education director for RSU3, said it's an honor to receive recognition for the work that is done through the SPICE program, and continued by saying the program has consistently scored well on evaluations. In previous years, Hughes said the evaluation awarded a percentage to the programs as opposed to a letter grade with SPICE receiving a 94 percent, but people didn't always understand what that percentage meant.

    The program scored as high or higher than six of the other eight programs evaluated in Maine, according to report cards released by the Barbara Bush Foundation.

    While SPICE continues to receive positive evaluations, running the program isn't free of challenges.

    Included in the evaluation was a note about the challenges facing the program, which in the case of SPICE, is funding. Specifically, the report referenced the need for funding to maintain the exisiting program, as well as to purchase hardware and software.

   Hughes further explained that over the past four to five years the district budget has essentially stayed the same. She said the SPICE program serves on average about 18 families and that is all her staff can handle at this time. As well, she said she would like to be able to access more technology that is available to strengthen the program.

    Technology plays a significant role in the program because Hughes said laptops are loaned to students, which are used to access a virtual learning center that was created in 2011. The virtual learning center allows students to access various classes and services.

    As part of the virtual learning center, students can access four "levels," which include a high school level, a college level, the career and advising or workforce solutions level and the Maine Parents Place level.

    In addition to receiving strong marks for SPICE, Hughes said the Adult and Community Education Program was awarded the 2013 United States Conference in Adult Literacy award for program innovation and collaboration Hughes said the award will be presented during a national conference in October.


Posted by Tammie Leach  on August 16, 2013

Barbara Bush Foundation Grant

 The Students & Parents In Cooperative Education (SPICE) Family Literacy Program from RSU#3 received $25,000 from the Barbara Bush Foundation in Biddeford Maine in June 2010. Becky Bouchard accepted the award for the program. This award is given to five family literacy programs in Maine as part of the Lighthouse Outreach program. For more information about family literacy in Maine, please visit the website, or contact Becky Dyer at


Posted by Tammie Leach  on August 19, 2010 | Read more in: News

Pay Pal Option Now Available!

We also now offer a paypal option. Once you have chosen the class or classes you would like to register for, print off the registration form. Go to website, click on Administration, then click on  Adult Education Office. Scroll to the bottom of that page, click on PAY NOW.  Once payment has been submitted, print proof of payment and send along with registration form to the address at the top of that form. If you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Posted by Tammie Leach  on March 1, 2010 | Read more in: News


If the district schools do not open due to weather issues, Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled! If district schools are let out early due to weather issues, Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled! If the Adult Education classes only are closed due to weather in the evening, the announcement will be made on TV: Channel 2, Channel 5, and Channel 8. The announcement will also be made on the radio stations; 92.3, 98.6, 95.7, 106.5, 97.1 and 104.7. The Superintendent is the final decision-maker on cancellations!! You can also check our website for cancellations:



Posted by Tammie Leach  on January 26, 2010 | Read more in: News

Welcome to our new website!

We have recently launched our new website! The new site brings with it many new and exciting features designed to make locating and registering for courses much easier.

Some of these new and exciting features include:

  • Search for courses: You can now search for courses from our program as well as from other adult education programs across the state. You can also browse our courses by category if you prefer.
  • Register online: You no longer need to come into our office or mail us your registration for some courses. When you see the "Add to Cart" button on any course, that means you can register and pay for the course online in a few easy steps. Of course, you can also call, walk-in, or mail in your registration if you prefer.
  • Latest news and events: Read our latest news, updates, happenings and events inside our News & Events section. You can also subscribe to our News & Events using RSS.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to important questions about our program, schedules, registering, and the adult education system by searching or browsing our frequently asked questions section.

Our website is a part of the new Maine Adult Education Portal, sponsored and managed by the Maine Adult Education Association. When you visit the new MAEA website online at, you can search for courses and programs statewide to find the perfect class closest to where you work or live.

These are just a few of the many exciting additions to our site, and many more are slated to appear over the next year. Please continue to check back with us, and please share your feedback by contacting us. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy your new adult education website.


Posted by Kathi Medcalf  on November 9, 2008 | Read more in: News


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