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Adult Education 2017 Winter/Spring book

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:56 AM by Jason Breton   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

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Greetings and welcome to the MSAD 52 2017 Winter/Spring Adult Education booklet. The Theme of this brochure is "Get on the right track!"

We are excited to offer our largest collection of one night workshops as well as many enrichment and career enhancing courses just for you!

Register ANYTIME at www.msad52.maineadulted.org

Instructors Wanted for Winter/Spring 2017 Semester!

posted Dec 8, 2016, 8:21 AM by Jason Breton

Imagine being the center of attention for two or three hours each week, imparting knowledge it has taken you years to accumulate, and achieving recognition as an expert in your field. Imagine doing this with a group of motivated students who are listening to you because they want to. Imagine being paid to do this! Okay, okay, it isn't going to make you rich in the pocketbook, but it WILL make you rich in satisfaction. Our instructors teach because they love helping others learn. Possibly you do to.

You don't have to have a teaching certificate, nor do you even have to have a college degree. What you do need is the desire to pass along helpful information to others, the ability to communicate your topic clearly and have fun! 

We are looking for new courses and instructors for our program! To explore your ideas for a course or a workshop, please email kelly.cabral@msad52.org or call 225-1010 ext. 2120. Deadline for submission is January 6th.

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Fall Programs

posted Sep 8, 2016, 9:59 AM by Jason Breton

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We have been hard at work preparing for the 2016 fall semester.

Our Academic program has expanded to include an enhanced curriculum and focused modules that will make the dream of earning your diploma a reality!  
Our classes are aligned with employment needs to help you gain entry level work skills to support your career goals - all in one place at one time! 
Thinking about college? We offer an evening course in College Transitions where we will help you successfully pass the Acculpacer exam, submit your FAFSA 
and apply to colleges for free! 

Check out our new community classes - Create Your Own Terrarium, English Paper Piercing 101, Intro to Piloxing, Come Tangle with Me, Understanding 
Karma and so much more! Join some of our returning favorites like Zumba, Pottery and Ukulele!

We welcome you, your family and friends to explore all we have to offer!

Wednesday Afternoon

posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:14 PM by Bryan Brito   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 7:20 PM ]

After the morning briefing drill instructor attempted to teach these educators  to March.  (Recruits learn quickly not to refer to themselves, they are no longer individuals, but part of a team) these educators failed miserably.  You might not think matching is a big deal, but it is very difficult to walk in cadence and sync with 40 people, marching with those people proved almost impossible.  Then you add to the mix the need to shout whatever drill instructor says, and just found myself tripping over my own feet.
We got to see the incredibly close quarters in which recruits live and heard the new drill instructor speech. 
Lunch time with a recruit.
We marched from the barracks to chow hall, if you could Call it marching.  Our inability to get it right meant that we did a lot of running. I have honestly not run like this, perhaps ever. 
We were finally allowed into the chow hall where we had a much needed meal.  The was no waste here all were hungry and the food was good, but the real highlight was visiting with a recruit. The young man I met was in his second phase of training and very anxious to hear news of the world outside.  He told us about the girl back home, to whom he writes every week.  He also told us the he comes from a long line of Marines.  This was the first meal he had had in weeks where he had more than 2 minutes to eat.  He was not quite sure what to do with himself.  
In return for listening to him talk to us all about his hopes, dreams  and experiences, we told him about the presidential race, the latest TV shows, and who won the battle between batman and superman.
Afternoon comes late when you begin your day at 4:30.
We went from chow to the weapons training center.  Marines begin their training in a simulator.  You learn to shoot a realistic m16 at a simulator screen trying to hit targets that are various distances from the shooter.  All marines must pass the marksman test in order to become Marines.  I did pretty good in the simulator, hitting all of my targets. 
We next moved to the out door course where we began to shoot real m16s.  While the weight of the gun was the same it was here that the similarities ended.  
While not the same as a shotgun, the m16 has quite a kick.  Additionally a condition that is not present in the simulator is the wind.   It is easy to hit a target in perfect conditions, but real life is very different.  Out of 10 shots, I only managed to hit the target 6 times.  I was still quite proud of myself.  However in my next attempt the gun was switched to full automatic.  At this setting the kick was incredible, and out of 10 shots I managed to hit the target once.  Nevertheless the power of shooting a real "machine gun" was really awesome.  Finally for my last attempt I laying down, here the control was much higher, and I managed a personal best of 8 targets. 
Departing the range we went to the marine aquatic center where we learned how Marines learn to conquer the water.  Each marine must be able to swim 25 yards above water and another 25 under water.  It seems easy but nothing in the marines is ever easy.  they must also be able to swim in full gear.  One sergeant kindly showed me what this meant  by helping me put on a 50 lb. Kevlar vest, and an 80 lb. pack and a 10 lb. helmet.  With all of this equipment on the average Marine weighs between 3 and 4 hundred lbs. in the water.  At this weight they must be able to swim--I could barely walk much less swim. 
We then moved to the Marine Air Command and learned about Marine Aviation.  The highlight of this visit was a walk among the f18s.  These planes are nothing short of incredible. 
We finished the day at the Officers Club with a wonderful dinner we actually sat and enjoyed and then we went to the Santini room, and you will have to wait for my return to learn about the Santini room.

Answers

posted Mar 31, 2016, 6:55 PM by Bryan Brito

Before I enter the events of the day I wanted to take some time to respond to the questions posted. 

1.  Do you still think you are going to survive?
Whether or not I will survive is till an open question.  As you no doubt noticed I have taken a bit more risk than is my norm, but I do not believe that the training will kill me.  In fact if there is anything that worries me it is THE PAIN in now feel in every muscle of my body.  Today we ran about 10 miles... I am beat.        
2.  How is the food?
The food is fantastic, and there is a lot of it.  However the average recruit has about 2 minutes to eat their food so you must eat so fast that you barely have time to taste it.

3.  What is your favorite thing you have done so far?
Picking my favorite this is difficult.  I have really enjoyed challenging myself and I have the scrapes and bruises to prove it.  The sharpshooting range was spectacular, the tower was exhilarating, the crucible was incredible, but I guess I would have to say my favorite has been the hardest, the confidence course.  In the first test I had to jump from a log lifted about 2 feet off the ground to a log raised about 7 feet off the ground.  When you reach the second log you have to pull yourself up to a standing position and jump again to a log that is about 12 feet off the ground.  Standing on a log 7 feet off the ground was terrifying, but I finally managed it, then I made the jump to the 3rd log.  I barely got my head to the top of the log and had to pull myself up, I do not know where I found the strength reserves, but I made it to the top.  Once on top you have to hug the log, roll yourself underneath and then drop to the ground.  For my effort I received burns on both my arms and the pride of doing something I was sure was impossible, this was my favorite thing, and the skin burns my trophies. 

4. What is your LEAST favorite?
 I do not know if I have a least favorite thing.  Maybe getting up at 4 am is it.  I do love my sleep.

Cant wait to see all of you next week--if I am not hospitalized for my injuries.

A Recruit in Action!

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:46 PM by Karen Potvin

Here is Bryan repelling from "THE TOWER."


Here is Bryan working on his Sharpshooter skills!
Bryan Rifle Range

Students Respond

posted Mar 31, 2016, 3:15 AM by Bryan Brito   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 1:31 PM by Karen Potvin ]

Hey, Bryan, the students love the daily log of your Big Adventure with the Marines. Each day, they eagerly await the opportunity to check in on your activities and experiences as a recruit. 

Now, they have questions for YOU!

1.  Do you still think you are going to survive?         
2.  How is the food?

3.  What is your favorite thing you have done so far?

4. What is your LEAST favorite?

The Yellow footprints

posted Mar 31, 2016, 3:00 AM by Bryan Brito   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 1:04 PM by Karen Potvin ]

Thursday morning 
Wednesday was an incredible day.  As we started for the base it was still dark none of us had any idea what to expect.  I waited in expectant anticipation.  
The bus parked on the base, the Marines who had been with us for the past 12 hours unceremoniously got off the bus and we waited in silence for just a few moments before the drill instructor began to scream for us to get off the bus.  
Startled, we jumped and tried to rapidly get off the bus.  We ran to the yellow footprints and searched for the right place to stand while the drill instructor barked orders and demanded that we respond, louder, louder, louder.  
We then matched into receiving where we were ordered to stand and sit, stand and sit, stand and sit, until we said I sir loud enough for the drill instructor.  Finally we settled in for the first briefing.  
We left the briefing to take pictures and observe recruits training thinking that the yelling was over, interesting experience...
The drill instructor came out of the building ordered us back in, faster, faster, faster, FASTER.  We ran back in only to be ordered to get back out into formation.  
We ran out struggling to form up, and shout the appropriate response, failing nearly every time.  "Run ordered the drill instructor" "back ordered the drill instructor" "I SIR" we yelled.  Sadly the appropriate response was I Ma'am, we ran some more.  
Eventually after failing repeatedly to satisfy our drill instructor, we were sent to the sand pit where we struggled to do jumping Jacks and push ups until we satisfied the demands to respond quickly and loudly "OPEN YOUR FACES SHE YELLED."  My arms ached my head spun.

To be continued 

The next briefing moved to an auditorium classroom where we engaged in what would become a familiar routine, standing and sitting over and over until we got it right.  For a group of college graduates we proved to be very slow learners.  
While the drill instructor eventually allowed us to sit down, I don't think she was ever really satisfied with this group of recruits.  Generally we failed spectacularly to execute commands correctly.  Often I had no idea what I was supposed to yell and simply yelled loudly  in an effort to make sure I was not the cause of more running or "education" a reference to the pit.  
We then listened to a briefing about the Marines and the benefits of joining.  Honestly it sounded great, I wanted to enlist.  A band of brothers.  
The sitting lulled in us a false sense of security, the commander left and the yelling resumed, new drill instructor.  I said "I Ma'am" loudly and proudly, I had finally gotten it right... It was a sir...  More running.

Wednesday Morning

posted Mar 30, 2016, 1:09 PM by Bryan Brito   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 12:53 PM by Karen Potvin ]

Woke up at 430 in the morning made it to breakfast by 450
I am still not sure how the Marines do more by 6am than most people do all day, I am too tired to do too much.  
Had turkey bacon for breakfast, I can tell you there  is no bacon in Turkey, the coffee was good.
Outside the smell of bug spray was overwhelming, as 80 people sprayed  up.  The cloud of off was so thick you could almost just walk through it to be covered.
On the bus we managed to count off successfully, and for the first time everyone was on time. The bus has just begun to move. Let the day begin!
We just pulled into the road leading to the base.  The bus just got very quiet, you can feel the anticipation.
Just experienced the yellow footprints. It is very intimidating to have the drill instructor yelling at you but overall the experience was incredible but I am glad I am not a new recruit.

Let the yelling begin

posted Mar 29, 2016, 7:06 PM by Bryan Brito   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 12:50 PM by Karen Potvin ]

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for.  The Sargent had to yell at the educators for not following directions.  This was a mild taste of what we can expect tomorrow when the real recruit experience will begin.  

Dinner tonight was great, we spoke at length with a captain about his life and his choices and why he is a marine.  He does what he loves, and once was even quoted by the President of the United States.  I am not sure it gets any better than that.

We will breakfast at 0500 report to the bus at 0545 we will be greeted by our drill Sargent.  In the afternoon we will do some time at the rifle range, can't wait.  For now here is a Sargent major telling us how to behave.

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