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Belfast Adult Education relocates to high school addition

No scheduled classes during move, Aug. 12-16
Aug 05, 2019
The new home of Regional School Unit 71 administrative offices and Belfast Adult Education, in the newly completed addition to Belfast Area High School.

Belfast — After 19 years at the corner of Waldo Avenue and Lions Way (Belfast Area High School’s driveway), Belfast Adult Education is moving up the hill into the newly renovated high school.

Scheduled for Aug. 14-15, the move will relocate the Regional School Unit 71 central office and adult education learning center to the new BAHS addition. BAE is suspending program operations for the week of Aug. 12 to allow staff to complete final moving arrangements. There will be no scheduled classes or HiSET testing during that week.

The new BAE Learning Center will provide similar classroom and office space, which includes two classrooms and a computer center. Program Assistant Patty Edgecomb will greet students and the public as they enter.

Literacy Volunteers will continue to be housed within the Adult Ed program, providing tutors to BAE students and other community members. Features of the new BAE Learning Center include redesigned and dedicated classroom spaces, computer technology enhancements, a formal tutoring area, new restrooms and kitchenette.

To reach the new BAE location, follow the BAHS driveway past the high school’s front door and swimming pool area, to the south side of the school. Parking will be available next to the BAE entrance.

BAE Director Darrell Gilman said some adult learners have asked whether BAE is going to be a part of the high school. “We do share a wall,” he said, “but otherwise, our classrooms and services are entirely separate from high school activities.”

The new Learning Center provides more flexibility for learner and staff use, Gilman said. “We invite the community to come by and visit any time after the move. An open house will be scheduled closer to the start of school and will include opportunities for tours.”

Gilman added, “I am very grateful to the Board of Directors, Superintendent McLean and system staff who have worked to include adult education in these renovation plans.”

The fall semester will begin Sept. 9. Offerings will include high school diploma classes in English, math, social studies, science and more; HiSet preparation and testing; the College Connection program that assists nontraditional learners with skills upgrades needed for college admission; and workforce development training and assessment opportunities, including the Work Ready training program that addresses job basics, career exploration, workplace tours, mock interviews and more, and the assessment testing programs required for the state’s Tech Hire program.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Belfast Adult Ed at 338-3197; stop in at the Learning Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; go to; or email




East side of new building at BAHS.
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