MSAD 53 Adult and Community Education

Winter Session (January – May)

Register online ( or by calling 487-5107


Want to stay in shape for the long winter months? Then join us for a vigorous basketball game every Monday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All abilities welcome. Starting Monday, January 8, 2018 Fee: $25.00


Group fitness for all fitness levels. This class combines various cardio workouts giving the best of two cardio worlds by providing cardio combinations and total body strength training to improve your aerobic fitness. Please bring your own mat and weights if possible.

Class runs Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. New session of Classes start February 12, 2018. Fee: $45.00


Learn the basics of CPR and First Aid through the American Heart Association. This class runs for one evening Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. A completion certification will be awarded at end of class. Fee: $67.00

HiSET (formerly GED)

The HISET(high school equivalency test) is a new way for people who didn’t finish high school to earn a diploma and get on track for college or a career. The test has five parts, math, science, English, social studies and writing. You must pass five pretests before taking the actual tests. You need to be 18 to take the tests.

Classes are held on Mondays, starting January 22, 2018 and start at 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. No Fee


Need to learn basic computer skills? This class offers terminology, using a mouse/touchpad/touchscreen, basic Windows functions and file management, Internet use, email, and how to use search engines. Great class for folks who have little or no computer knowledge.

Class starts February 27, 2018 and meets 4 times from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Fee: $45.00


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 sort through all the technical jargon like ISO, shutter speed and aperture to make you a more confidant photographer who understands that manual settings on a camera can unleash a new and exciting world of creativity. During this course we will also discuss editing images, finding your own photographic niche and seeing photographically. Learn how to take photography to a new level and leave behind the program or auto mode on your camera. Class starts Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fee: $35.00


Learning Labs are set up especially for you. It is an opportunity to work on various classes online that you may need to attain your high school diploma or classes you may need to apply for college. These classes are at your own pace with teacher assistance as needed. Open enrollment through the remainder of the school year. Classes begin on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and are held at MCI. No fee.


Learn basic steps, terminology and techniques all while having fun and getting in a cardio workout! Pre-registration is required. Classes start Wednesday, February 7, 2018 and run for 8 weeks. Class starts at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $40.00


Please join us to make gorgeous greeting cards, pretty packages such as paper handbags, backpacks, custom sized boxes, tags, gift card holders and more. You’ll always have birthday cards, thank you notes, gifts are more, ready to send to friends and family.

Each night we make 3 (sometimes more) projects. Usually we make 2 cards and a 3D item. The items match and make lovely gifts.

All the supplies will be cut and ready so you can make stunning projects. There are color choices, embellishment options and more so you can make it your own. Instructions are provided so you can make the projects at home from your own stash.

No crafting experience necessary and no supplies required (although some of us like to bring our favorite scissors and adhesive).

Come and join us as we laugh and craft our way through class.

You need to RSVP as numbers are limited and cardstock is cut before class. Total cost is $5 for your supplies and is due at class. Classes are 6-7:30pm

There are 8 sessions: January 8, 22, & 29/February 26/March 12 & 26/April 9 & 23


Substitute Teacher Training Course

This fun program is designed to prepare people interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech. There will be plenty of “hands on learning” that will include important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own “sub pack” of resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you’ve been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a “refresher” and some new ideas. Attendees will earn a certificate recognized by many local districts. One student comments, “…very engaging with a lot of real life scenarios. I came away with new information even after subbing for a year.”

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Workshop

This two-hour awareness session will bring attendees into compliance with the recent law (LD 609) that requires all Maine school employees to receive basic suicide prevention education. The program is designed to raise awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs and to provide information on what practical steps to take if suicide is suspected. While focused on students and youth, the information and skills you will learn are appropriate for use with anyone who might be feeling suicidal, no matter what their age.

The program is taught by Walter Boomsma, an experienced substitute teacher and adult educator.

Classes are held Tuesday, March 6, Thursday, March 8 and 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Fee: $55.00


Learn the basic steps, terminology and techniques with your partner in a super fun atmosphere. Enthusiastic instructor. Class meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. and begin on February 7, 2018.

Fee: $75 per couple - Pre-registration required.


Another great activity for staying in shape over the long winter months. Class meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm starting January 10 and runs for twelve weeks. Fee: $25.00

We hope to be offering, at dates to be determined, a CNA class and Hunter Safety. Watch the Rolling Thunder for further information.

Use this link to navigate to the MSAD 53 page for information regarding classes and registration.

Ways to Register:

In Person:

MSAD #53 Adult Education

167 School St. Suite A

Pittsfield ME 04967

By Email:

By Fax: 487-6310

**New Requirement** Please note!

You MUST pre-pay for classes at least one week in advance to secure your registration. If we do not receive prepayment, there may still be room in the class, but we cannot guarantee all supplies will be available or even that the class will run if no one has registered in advance.

MSAD 53 Community

MSAD 53 Adult and Community Education is interested in what you have to say. We are in the process of evaluating our program and looking to see what YOU the community would like to have offered. MSAD 53 Adult and Community Education offers programming in the following areas:

GED Programming

Job/Skills Training

Enrichment Classes


We would love to get your input, hear your feedback, and have you participate in our programming. If you have a skill or a hobby that you think might make a great class please let us know. We ask that you take a few moments and fill out this brief survey.

Kind Regards

Brian Cole

MSAD 53 Adult and Community Education Assistant


Classes are offered at school throughout our districts. Locations are indicated on each class. Once you are registered, we will inform you as tot he exact room of your class.


Our Adult Education Programs are closed the following dates: Jan 19 (Martin Luther King Day), Feb 16 (Presidents' Day), Feb. 16-20 (February Vacation), Apr. 20 (Patriots' Day), April 20-24 (April Vacation), May 25 (Memorial Day). Exceptions to this policy are indicated.


If the class requires a textbook, one will be provided to you.

Book Deposits

A $25 book deposit is required for all textbooks loaned to students. Upon the return of the book we will gladly refund the deposit.

Attendance Policy

Students in the diploma classes are expected to be present at ALL classes. If you are unable to attend a class it is YOUR responsibility to contact the instructor and/or Adult Ed. Office. If you miss more than 2 classes, you may be required to withdraw from the course. Credits are given based on the number of hours of class time as well as successful completion of class work.


If our district's students are released early due to a storm, Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be announced on local television stations and websites, such as WABI-TV,


Unless otherwise stated, supplies and textbooks are not included in the course fee. Supply lists will be provided the first night of class unless noted. Supply fees are not eligible for discounts.

266 Williams Rd.

Newport ME 04953 or • 207-368-3290 • Fax: 207-368-3290