Ahmed grew up in Iraq. When the war began, his father, who could speak and read English, was recruited to work with the US military. Later, he was hired by Associated Press and given access to highly sensitive locations and people. Because of this, Ahmed’s father became a target and was killed. Ahmed, his mother, and two siblings were on their own in a very hostile place. Despite being very young, Ahmed became the “head” of the family, and they soon fled to safety in Jordan.
After living in a single room in Jordan for a year, the family’s request to immigrate to the US was denied. Discouraged, Ahmed and his family returned to Iraq where they were bullied for their desire to get away. Having only .50 meant to buy his lunch, Ahmed decided to visit an internet café and contact the US government for one last desperate try. It worked!
Since entering the US, Ahmed has been working to improve his English skills and earn an American high school diploma. He will graduate from Biddeford Adult Education in June and has been accepted into Maine Maritime Academy for the Fall of 2018. The folks at Biddeford Adult Education will be cheering him on every step of the way!!
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on April 13, 2018 | Read more in: News
Thank you to the Biddeford Fire and Rescue Department for taking time out of their day to explain 911 to our foreign students. Deputy Chief Kevin Duross explained how 911 works and what it is used for. He further explained what would happen when fire/rescue would show up at your house. This was extremely helpful for our foreign students to know what would happen in case of an emergency. Chaplain Kevin Jacques was also there to let people know that he might be show up when the department is called, to help with support for those not needing medical attention. Steve Szostek, Firefighter/Paramedic and Derek Hayes, Firefighter/Paramedic were on hand with the ambulance to show the students different equipment they might have to use. They also showed the students the inside of the ambulance and equipment that they might use in there as well.
To see what the Staff wrote about Sr. Theresa to nominate her - please click HERE.
Sr. Theresa along with Biddeford Adult Ed Staff
Sr. Theresa with her Brother and Sister-in-Law
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on August 4, 2016 | Read more in: News
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on July 28, 2016 | Read more in: News
C.N.A. Graduation. What an exciting time this is. Biddeford Adult Ed had 5 students graduate our C.N.A. program this week. Special coo-dos goes to Susan St. Michel for scoring a 100 on her State Exam.
"Outstanding job by Susan St. Michel. The first 100 I've seen in a while." Robert Carr, Workforce Development Program Manager, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.
Paulette Bonneau, Director of BAE; Stacey Taylor, Graduate; Deb Berube, Graduate; Susan St. Michel, Graduate; Kaitlyn Higgins, Graduate; Sue De Cesare, Community Adult Education Leader; and Patti Feda, C.N.A. Instructor. Missing is Linda Bamani.
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on February 12, 2016 | Read more in: News
Congratulations to our Family Literacy Program that hosted 23 participants for it's October Monthly Story Hour on Wednesday, October 21st. If you are interested, our next one will be Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00pm-7:30pm at our Learning Center. Need more information? Contact Julie at 282-6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wanted to get out the information on our Trash to Treasure Show on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am – 3pm. It’s going to be held at the JFK Memorial School on West Street in Biddeford . It’s a great building and tons of space to spread out in, and very easy to get to.
This event is an opportunity to sell some of your Scrapbooking / Card Making & Paper Crafting supplies, or just to come to shop and get some great deals. We’ve already advertised in some local papers and more ads will be going out closer to the event. Please pass the word out to everyone you know, we’re hoping to get a great showing.
Tables will be available for $15.00 per 6 foot table. Payment will be due the day of the sale. Also, 2 chairs will be provided at your space for you. You can set up at 8am Saturday morning, or come by the night before between 5pm – 6:30pm and set up then. This event will be held in their huge multipurpose room which is on ground level for ease of loading and unloading. We’re asking anyone that sets up a table, to please provide a small donation to be given out as prizes throughout the day. We’ll also have door prizes as well. The Biddeford Adult Ed Program will be providing food for sale throughout the day.
If you would like to register for a table, please contact:
Mary Pelkey email@example.com
Or myself Marilee Fakory firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact me. Pass on the word and hope to see you all there.
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on March 27, 2015 | Read more in: News
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on January 29, 2015 | Read more in: News