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Tech Spot


with Lynn Perry

Calendar Jan 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

The Tech Spot is a School and Community Project located at the Renaissance Center (60 Water Street in Skowhegan). Under the supervision of an adult education instructor and other volunteer teachers, local students offer technology advice and tutoring at no charge to adults from throughout our school district. Individual and small group sessions are available by reservation or walk-in. Examples of possible help sessions include: general computer operation, preparing resumes, completing online job applications, conducting web searches, using Facebook and other social media programs, and operating Smart phones, iPads, Tablets, and PCs. Assistance is also available for creative software applications including basic iPhoto, & iMovie. Help with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) is available as well.

Digital Tools for Everyday Tasks


with Vivian Champagne

Calendar Feb 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Make your life more efficient by communicating through email, using internet search, and creating documents.

We will be using Google Suite, so participants will need to have a Google email.

Substitute Teacher Training


with Paul Deagle

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 5 pm

Learn the ins and outs of substitute teaching in RSU #54. This course is for those who have never substituted as well as for those who have some experience and want to learn a few more tricks of the trade. Review best practices as outlined in the RSU #54 Substitute Teacher Handbook and learn more about the importance of FERPA, mandatory reporting, and other state/local policies. You will also leave with the tools to make your own collection of activities that should prove useful at all grade levels.

Note: Potential substitutes need to complete an application/background check to be considered for hire.

Bee Keeping for Beginners


with Mark Reifschneider

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm

This class will educate those interested in getting involved with bees. Lessons will include assembling bee keeping equipment, installing a “nuc” (nucleus colony), controlling swarming, and dealing with varroa mites. Other topics—such as how and when to harvest honey, how to split hives, and how to winterize—will be covered.

On the first night of class, the instructor will collect $50 from each participant to cover the cost of the textbook and for a donation to the local beekeepers’ association.

Will run

Introduction to American Sign Language


with Stephanie Ward

Calendar Feb 26, 2020 at 6 pm

Students will learn basic ASL communication. Course includes sign vocabulary, grammatical structures, fingerspelling, numbers and expressive and receptive signing activities.

Students will learn the history of ASL and become knowledgeable about aspects of Deaf Culture, which is an integral part of meaningful language use.

No textbook required.

Introduction to Photography


with Arend Thibodeau

Calendar Mar 3, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

What is the rule of thirds? Why are my images boring? Why does my friend take the same picture as I do and her picture looks better? Bring your camera to class and learn how to make a great image rather than simply take a photograph. We will focus on what constitutes a great image and how to think about composition, lighting and subject matter. We will compare and contrast work by contemporary artists in order to understand how to develop our own unique statements as photographers.

Bring your digital camera or portable device with camera to this workshop.


Technical Photography


with Arend Thibodeau

Calendar Mar 10, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this workshop, we will explore aperture, shutter speed and ISO and understand why they are so crucial in creating stunning images. Manual settings on a camera can unleash a new and exciting world of creativity and can help you in creating memorable art and unique photographic statements. Learn how to take photography to a new level and leave behind the program or auto mode on your camera.




with Arend Thibodeau

Calendar Mar 17, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

You will need to bring a DSLR with a flash (on camera is fine) to class for this exciting workshop in portraiture.

We will explore studio lighting, and the various methods of setting up lighting scenarios. There will be strobes and flash units available and the class will fully participate in making their own portraits. Enter the exciting world of portraiture and learn to take your own family portraits, senior pictures or even capture images of your beloved family pet.


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