The Maine Adult Education Association held the annual Maine Adult Education Day at the Hall of Flags in the Statehouse on Feb. 10. For the eighth year, Gov. John Baldacci took part in the event, talking with adult learners, many of whom are dislocated workers, and speaking to the group on the importance of adult education in the development of Maine’s workforce.

Six adult learners, all involved in retraining or preparation for higher education, offered compelling stories about their circumstances and the difference Maine Adult Education made for them.

The Maine School Administrative District 40 Adult Education program and Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education took part in the morning event, participating in a series of theme displays on high school completion, English as a second language, family literacy, workforce and skill training, work ready technology, and college transitions, all critical elements of the Maine Adult Education system.

Individual programs met with their legislators and student groups visited various public hearings in progress and toured the House and Senate chambers. On Feb. 10, the House and Senate passed a joint resolution acknowledging the vital role of adult education in Maine.

For more information on Maine Adult Education, visit maineadulted.org. For more information about the SAD 40 Adult Education program, call 832-5205. For more information on Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education, visit fivetowns.maineadulted.org.