When PAE moved to 14 Locust Street 4 years ago, the John T. Gorman Foundation funded a language learning lab to give wait-listed students the digital tools to start learning immediately. With thanks to support from the Sam L Cohen Foundation and the Harmon Foundation, the highly popular lab is moving to a more accessible, newly renovated space on the 1st floor. Talented students and alumni have designed the new space, provided tech expertise, and hauled equipment up the stairs. See the great progress achieved by Sara Staples and a super team of coordinators and volunteers this week. For more information on the Lab click here.
Tam Thai not only graduated from USM and helps students in PAE’s Language Lab this summer, but she is among 4 PAE College Transitions alums on USM’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List. Congratulations to Tam Linda!
During the 2016-17 school year the Friends of Portland Adult Education awarded 113 scholarships to PAE students so that they could register and receive materials for 174 PAE courses. The total amount was $20,388. The bulk of these FPAE resources were available through a generous grant from the Evergreen Foundation. Additional resources were received from Key Bank, Betterment Foundation, Portland English as a Second Language Scholarship Fund, and individual donors.
Most of these dedicated students are asylum seekers who do not have access to any state or local assistance. Very often their participation in the courses introduces them to practices and procedures unique to American work places as well as the English vocabulary specific to the work sectors.
All students with prior good attendance are eligible for scholarships. The dollar amount is limited to $300 a semester which allows some students to take 2-3 courses. There are no registration fees for students enrolled in PAE’s High School Diploma or College Transition courses.