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Intro to German


with Gregory Downs

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn pronunciation, vocabulary, verbs, grammar fundamentals and common questions and phrases that are helpful to know when traveling in a German-speaking country. In addition, prepare to read newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, signs and road maps!

The textbook comes with digital resources, including flashcards and extensive audio recordings and supplemented by in-class Google Slides presentations for a more interactive learning experience. No class 11/8.

Required: Practice Makes Perfect: Basic German by Jolene Wochenske, ISBN 9781260120912 (approx. $16 onAmazon).

Note: It is best to purchase a new book with code so you can use the extra resources we will use in class.

Gregory Downs holds a BA in French and minored in German at USM. With a strong passion for foreign language acquisition and linguistics, he loves sharing this knowledge.

Public Speaking with Pride!


with Emily Loder

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Public speaking doesn't have to be scary! Work together to help each person find their happy place and speak to a group with pride. We'll start small and cover topics that you are comfortable with. Love cooking? Tell us about it! Want to share about your new kittens? We can't wait to hear about it! Learn valuable professional skills in a comfortable, low-key atmosphere. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Emily Loder is a recreational programmer who, through Girl Scouting and volunteer service, learned many skills that she enjoys sharing with the community. She loves public speaking and teaching people how to be comfortable in a crowd.

Workshop 101: Mouse & Keyboard


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Develop a new skill set in a stress-free, nonjudgmental environment. Focus on getting comfortable using the laptop keyboard and mouse and/or touchpad. An introduction to navigating between websites, applications and programs will be presented. Enjoy this small class environment for a supportive learning experience.

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

Heartsaver® CPR & First Aid for Adults & Children


with Karl Finley, EMT-P

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Acquire the critical skills needed to respond to and manage first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest until emergency medical services arrive. In addition, learn to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, adult/child/infant CPR, and automated external defibrillator use.

First Aid and CPR cards are good for two years and meet the requirements for child care providers. Tuition includes $18 fee for First Aid/CPR card.

Karl Finley, volunteer firefighter for 20+ years with Scarborough Fire Department, is an EMT/Paramedic and has worked at the Saco Fire Department for 15 years. He has been the Public Education Coordinator for six years and teaching CPR for eight.

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USCG Approved Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel License - Online & In Person


with John E Coffin

Calendar Oct 5, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 20 weeks

Qualify for a Coast Guard license to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers for hire (OUPV). The fee includes access to the Blended OUPV Course using Captain School Key West’s Learning Management System, charts, navigation tools and the USCG-approved and accepted test. Students will participate in 30 online class hours, including 16 hours of online mentoring and coaching via Zoom.

In addition, the instructor will mentor student progress and students have assignments to complete. Once online requirements are complete, there will be 16 hours of required in-person classroom sessions (Saturdays, in Topsham), concluding with the four Coast Guard approved and required examinations.

Total course hours: 62. Registration closes at noon on 9/30. Masks optional.

Required: Attending one of the FREE online Info Sessions.

John Coffin has held his USCG License since 1985 and has operated charter vessels in the Florida Keys and ME. He is a Master ME Guide and a certified Boating Instructor for US Powerboating and the National Safe Boating Council.

Excel Spreadsheet Basics


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Discover this powerful tool for performing calculations, developing budgets, analyzing and managing data. Master the essentials, including text and number formatting, sorting and filtering data, basic formulas and charts.

Prerequisite: Completion of a Computer Basics course, Microsoft Word or equivalent familiarity using the mouse & keyboard, creating documents, formatting text, navigating menus/toolbars in software programs.

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

Full Course

Certified Residential Medication Aide Certificate Program


with Jennifer Courtois, RN

Calendar Oct 14, 2022 at 8:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

CRMAs are in high demand!

This course provides standardized training for professionals working in state-certified residential care homes. State of Maine regulations, standard residential facility policies, and basic anatomy and physiology are covered. Discuss medications, safe administration procedures, practice taking vital signs, transcribing physician orders, and documenting procedures on the Medication Administration Record per Maine’s regulations governing residential facilities. In addition, students must complete a Clinical Medication Administration of three medication passes for three different residents with 100% accuracy. Full certification and medication pass awarded on successful completion with 40 hours of attendance, no exceptions. Participants must be 18 or older. No high school credential or background check required. Payment plans available for qualified applicants. Tuition includes fee for handbook. Course fee is nonrefundable. Masks optional. No class 10/15. Class meets F 10/14, F 10/21, S 10/22, F 10/28, S 10/29). 

NOTE: Start date change (was Saturday, 10/15).

Required: Proof of registration, The 2020 Nurse’s Drug Handbook ISBN-13: 978-1284167900 (approx. $42, new on Amazon - or purchase a used copy from the instructor for $13), a yellow highlighter, a 1.5-inch 3-ring binder. $100 fee for medication pass payable to the instructor at your scheduled test.

Note: CASAS assessment testing is highly recommended. Please call our Saco Learning Center at 207-282-3846 or to set up a testing appointment.

Jennifer Courtois, RN, has 40 years of nursing experience in hospital, home health, diabetes & community education, and 10+ years teaching CNA, PSS & CRMA in both the classroom & clinical areas. She works as a consultant for an assisted living facility and a full-time nurse educator.

One to One Computer Tutoring Section V


with Jeanne Cassidy

Calendar Oct 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Register for a one-hour, one-on-one appointment for your technology needs. Topics include Mac/PC information, social media, email and attachments.

Perhaps you need help with photos: saving, sending, editing; iTunes, MS Office programs, internet, backing up your work, or virus protection?

It's your hour, and we want to ensure your needs are met, so please fill out the questionnaire (see link below) and email

Tutoring Questionnaire

Bring your MacBook or PC laptop or use one of our Windows laptops.

Jeanne Cassidy, MA, CPCM, PMP, has worked with computers for 30+ years in the military and aerospace industry. She enjoys sharing her extensive experience with people who want to become more familiar with existing technology.

Full Course

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