MEXICO — Region 9 Adult Education has announced its February classes.

Introduction to Building Trades: This 75-hour course prepares participants for entry level positions in construction. The NCCER Core Curriculum is recognized by industry leaders as the course to take to prepare for working at a construction site. The class will teach proper hand and power tool use, and class members will obtain an OSHA 10-hour safety certificate, conquer construction math and be introduced to construction drawing. Employability skills and work success will also be covered. Guest speakers from local construction companies will present hiring strategies and techniques. The instructor will be Lloyd Williams. The $450 fee includes books and class supplies. Classes will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 8 to April 7. Classes will not be held Feb. 16 to 18. 

Soap Making with Goat’s Milk: The first class will teach students how to make the basic soap recipe using raw goat’s milk. The second class will let students’ imaginations go wild. Participants can take bars home. Safety glasses and gloves will be provided. Students should wear clothing that they are not afraid to ruin. The instructor will be Karen Shumac. Course fee will be $35. The course will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 22 and 29. 

Quilting-Turning Twenty: Participants will use 20 fat quarters to make this extremely easy quilt top. They may use leftover yardage to make fat quarters, choose a collection or buy a pre-made set of fabric to make the design that changes based on the choice of fabric. During the first class, quilters will discuss fabric needs and notions. The instructor will be Jolene Milledge. The $42 class fee includes the cost of the quilting book. The class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 25 to March 31.

Small Engine Repair: Participants will learn how to repair a lawn mower or snow blower. Instructor Kelly Chase has more than 40 years of experience with motors and is a Master John Deere Technician. The class will include some theory and then hands-on with participants’ own motors. The fee is $70. The class will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 25 to March 31.

Parents in the Know: Parents and guardians will learn how to keep children safe by preventing sexual abuse. The workshops include discussions and activities about establishing boundaries, identifying problematic behaviors from adults, promoting healthy relationships and age-appropriate sexual development and becoming an active adult bystander. Child care may be available and participants should indicate child care is needed when signing up. The instructors are Shawna Austin and Jennifer Bell. The class, which is sponsored by Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, is free. It will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 23 through March 15, at Dirigo Elementary School. 

First Aid and CPR: This course, approved by American Heart Association, prepares students to handle life emergencies. Added to the first aid and CPR course is how to use an AED to help save a life. Participants must attend both classes to qualify for a certification card. The instructor will be Martha Watson, RN, and fee is $40. The course runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 23 and 24.

Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA): The 40-hour course prepares participants to help distribute medication to patients. The class is an introduction to the medical field or can enhance students’ existing skills. Students must complete a reading prerequisite testing in the open lab at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday, or at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the mandatory meeting. The instructor will be Ron Welch, PA. Course fee is $300 plus $31 for a background check. A deposit of $100 is due by Feb. 24. A mandatory informational meting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, and the class will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays between Feb. 29 and March 31. 

FMI, enroll: www.region9.maineadulted.org, 207-364-2012.


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