Academic Courses

ART

INTRODUCTION TO ART
WINCHELL, WYNNE
This beginner's level class provides an opportunity for self-discovery and inner exploration using a variety of creative media. A portion of each class will focus on art history. We will explore 2-D and 3-D projects such as drawing, printmaking, and clay hand building. Projects will be a catalyst for individual and creative expression. Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm.
MON/January 28, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $20 CAREERS

ACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING
CORCORAN, REBECCA
This course will prepare students for post secondary education and the workplace. It covers interest inventories, learning styles, and personality preferences, self-evaluations of work abilities and skill toward career pathways. Recognizing and overcoming barriers to college and the workplace will be discussed as well as development of appropriate attitudes, time management, organizational skills, conflict resolution, and work ethics. College placement testing, college tours, navigating a college campus or career site, interviewing skills and applications for college and work will be covered, along with resumes, and doing on-line applications. We will address the soft skills one needs to get and keep a job or stay in school.
TUE/January 29, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Text Fee: TBA
MON/March 4, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 8 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Text Fee: TBA

COMPUTERS

DIGITAL LITERACY
EMERY, MICHAEL
Digital literacy means knowing how to use modern technology to communicate effectively with others, and to make good judgments about communication from others. In this course, we will explore different types of technology used in a variety of settings. We’ll explore common scams and how to avoid them, effective ways to search for information online, and how mobile devices differ from other computers. Some familiarity with the Internet and different types of computers is recommended, but not required.
WED/January 30, 2019, 8:30-11:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

ENGLISH

COMPOSITION, LITERATURE, AND FILM
FOSTER, JANICE
This class is designed to prepare students to develop higher critical thinking skills by studying thematic issues, reflected through literature and film. Students will read and write while they develop knowledge of different types of media. Furthermore, students will learn about the relationships between literature, composition, and film to gain an understanding of the complex interplay between film and literature.
TUE/January 29, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

READING AND WRITING CONNECTIONS
FOSTER, JANICE
This class focuses on emphasizing the integration of reading and writing to become a single process of understanding and expressing ideas. It highlights critical thinking and reinforces its relationship to these processes. Readings are presented and used as the basis for instruction, illustration, and practice. The writing demonstrates comprehension of the reading; therefore, the student learns both sets of competencies.
TUE/THU, January 29, 2019, 12:30-2:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

WRITING AND READING SHORT STORIES
FOSTER, JANICE
This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading interesting short stories, viewing writers speaking about writing, and writing exercises with peer reviews.
THU/January 31, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

HEALTH

EXPLORING RELATIONSHIPS
PARADIS, KATHLEEN
PROVOST, NANCY
Relationships are complicated. This class explores topics ranging from living with substance abuse to healthy sexuality. Through discussion, videos, and activities students are able to learn and grow in a safe environment and improve their relationship skills.
THU/January 31, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

PSYCHOLOGY
MICHAUD, CAROL
Psychology is the study of behavior.  In this class we will explore the fascinating human brain and the wide world of human behavior.  Topics covered will include: emotions and motivation, sensations and perceptions, stress, the brain, the personality, altered states of consciousness, abnormal behavior and the learning process.  This class will be helpful in understanding yourself and others.
MON/January 28, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

HISTORY & GOVERNMENT

CITIZENSHIP/CIVICS
KELLY, NANCY
This course introduces the concepts described in the Maine Learning Results.  Students will engage in hands-on projects and activities to see the effect of an active citizenry in the local, state, and federal community.  Students will utilize educational tools to supplement their learning experience.
TUE/January 29, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Lab Fee: $15

HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course examines musical, historical, and social aspects of American popular music since the Colonial Period, with a focus on the development of American popular music since 1920. Genres explored will include folk, blues, rhythm and blues, country and western, rock and roll, punk, hard rock, and hip hop. Written assignments, listening and viewing assignments, discussions, and projects are the major components of this course. Upon completion, students are expected to identify key styles, when and how they were significant in the timeline of popular music, and list key cultural and social differences.
MON/January 28, 2019, 8:30-11:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

INTEGRATED SOCIAL STUDIES
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course serves as a combined investigation of topics related to US and World History, Current Events, Civics/Government, and Global Insights. Together we will discuss situations, current and historical, and each learner will examine them through the lens of one particular social studies discipline. May be repeated for credit, though a new social studies discipline must be chosen each time.
WED/January 30, 2019, 2:30-5:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

MATH

FOUNDATIONS OF MATH
EMERY, MICHAEL
This course provides instruction in basic math computation. We will explore the place value system; the meaning of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and their application to whole numbers; the language of math and how to translate between mathematical language and English; basic geometric concepts; simple probability; measurement; and the meaning of fractions and decimals. This course will lay the foundation for future math courses, in particular Foundations of Algebra.
THU/January 31, 2019, 8:30-11:30, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15

INTEGRATED MATH
EMERY, MICHAEL
Material in this course will vary depending on the needs of learners. The instructor’s goal is to group learners of similar levels together whenever possible. We will engage in both group learning and individual work, using a combination of textbook-, computer-, and activity-based learning. Topics will vary from whole-number operations to algebraic problem-solving, geometric reasoning, probability, and everything in between.
MON/January 28, 2019, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15
TUE/THU, January 29, 2019, 12:30-2:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15 

SCIENCE

INTEGRATED SCIENCE 
EMERY, MICHAEL
FULLER, ALTON
Explore the different aspects and integrations of science using technology and student collaboration. Learners will be able to choose and investigate a scientific focus in Environmental, Earth and Space, or Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering – Energy – the Environment. Students will be able to work individually and participate in group experiments and activities; develop an ability to be aware of and participate in scientific inquiry; deepen their understanding of interrelationships between organisms and the environment, recognize patterns in systems, and expand their knowledge of cellular dimensions of living systems. Engage and explore the world through the lens of science!
MON/WED, January 28, 2019, 12:30-2:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15
TUE/January 29, 2019, 6:00-9:00, 15 weeks, Kennebec Learning Center, Diploma Students Only, Lab Fee: $15