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Why I want to be a citizen

Gorham Adult Education would like to thank our ELL student, Evelin Guerrero, for allowing us to share her personal story. Evelin came to the United States from Equador and has been working for the past 3 1/2 years with her ELL tutor, Peggy Marchand. Evelin has been a valued employee at Jøtul in Gorham for almost two years.

These are Evelin's words...


Why I Want to Be a Citizen

          by Evelin Guerrero 

Some years ago, I was scared to move to the United States with my husband, who is a citizen from Buxton. Maine. I was scared because I wasn’t sure what my life would be away from my country. The day I was ready to take the airplane, my mother gave me a big hug and she said to me, “ My dear daughter, if you feel lonely sad, or your husband’s family is not good with you, please come back home. We will be waiting for you.”

My heart was beating fast.  I said to my mother, “Everything is going to be ok.  Do not worry, Mom. My husband is a good man. He will be good out there and I am completely sure his family will be good to me, too.” In my heart I knew everything will be ok.

Most of the time on my trip, my first on an airplane, I was looking at the clouds.  It was so beautiful. When my husband told me we were close to landing, I remember looking down and the first thing I saw was FortGorges. What a wonderful view! In that specific moment I felt completely ready for the change.

I feel very proud and happy living here in this country. I am thankful for the loving family my husband and I have formed. We have a son who is our strength.  I am thankful for my husband’s family and the friends that we value and love so much. We are surrounded with people who care about each other. I have a great community.

I have a job with a company where I am developing assembly skills. I have learned how gas stoves work and how to inspect them.  My company has an idea system where they encourage me to propose ideas in how to make work more efficient and at the same time I improve my English learning.

This is a remarkable country with opportunities for those who come from other countries looking for a better life. I am very happy living in the United States. This country has given me so much. Everyone here has given me the chance to be part of their communities, like my school, work, and friends. Gorham Adult Education, my school, has opened the doors for me being able to learn a new language in the ESL Program, called “English as a Second Language.” I’ve had wonderful teachers who give their time to help newcomers. Day by day, I have put my effort to get ahead, learning a new language and being part of new customs.  I know that I still have a long way to go, but I will achieve my goals little by little.

I want to be a citizen because I love this country, love the people. I want to stay. I want to be a part of this country. I would love to have the right to vote. Here is my family, my life. Everything that I have built with effort and love is here. I would like to be able to leave the country without the fear of not being able to return. I want to be a citizen of the United States for all these reasons.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on May 15, 2018 | Read more in: News

Certified Nursing Assistant Training (CNA) Earn While You Learn Program

Certified Nursing Assistant Training (CNA) Earn While You Learn Program

This exciting, new opportunity is for those who would like to work for Gorham House and who are willing to make a one-year commitment to the company.

Gorham House is looking for responsible, reliable, motivated and compassionate people to join their team. They will hire you and pay you at minimum wage while you are taking the 180-hour course. Ten students will be chosen from among the applicants for participation in the program.

Attend an information and testing session on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:00pm at Gorham House. All paperwork will be given out at that session. 

Starting date:     June 12, 2017

Ending date:      August 14, 2017

Schedule:          Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays

Time:                 Classroom time: 8:00am - 3:00pm

                           Clinicals: 7:00am - 2:00pm (last 9 classes)

see CNA admission criteria and Earn While You Learn Program flyer below: 


CNA Admission Criteria

 1.  The following requirements must be submitted before final

     acceptance to the program.  

* You must be 18 years of age or older.

* Provide a copy of your birth certificate, license or state ID, and Social Security Card.

* Provide proof of high school graduation or GED/HiSET equivalency.

* Proof that you are eligible to work in the United States.

* Completed form for State Bureau of Identification (SBI) check.  Please note that some criminal convictions will make you ineligible to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Maine.  Please talk with us about any offenses.

* Completion of CASAS reading test with a score of 240 or above.

* Provide two (2) written letters of reference describing dependable, reliable work habits (professional or personal).  Letters must be signed and include the writer’s telephone number.

2.  The following must be completed before you begin clinical.

* Proof of physical exam within the past year and a statement from a physician stating that you are physically capable of doing CNA work.

* Evidence of TB Tine test or negative TB test or negative chest x-ray.

* Proof of MMR immunization unless born before 1956.

* Evidence of Hepatitis B recommended.

Qualified applicants shall be admitted without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, ancestry, or national origin, except as otherwise permitted by law.


Certified Nursing Assistant Training (CNA) Earn While You Learn Program

This exciting, new opportunity is for those who would like to work for Gorham House and who are willing to make a one-year commitment to the company.

Gorham House is looking for responsible, reliable, motivated and compassionate people to join their team.  They will hire you and pay you at minimum wage while you are taking the 180-hour course.  Ten students will be chosen from among the applicants for participation in the program.

Starting Date:            June 12, 2017 

Ending Date:             August 14, 2017

Schedule:                    Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

Time:                          Classroom is 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

                                    Clinicals are 7:00 am to 2:00 pm (last 9 classes)

Location:                    Gorham House, 50 New Portland Road, Gorham, Maine 04038


  • Attend an information and testing session on May 18, 2017 at 6 pm at Gorham House.  All paperwork will be given out at that session.
  • Show proof of high school diploma
  • Demonstrate an 11th grade reading level
  • Complete the Gorham House application process and Gorham Adult Education paperwork
  • Interviews will be scheduled when applications are received. Interviews will be held on May 30th and 31st at Gorham House
  • Sign a one-year contract.

For more information, contact Gorham Adult Education at (207) 222-1095.




Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on March 6, 2017 | Read more in: News

Career Advising Success Story

We are happy to share the success of one of our students...

Tracy came to Gorham Adult Education in January after losing her job of 15 years.  She obviously hadn’t looked for work or interviewed for many years and was still dealing with the shock of losing her job.  We worked on familiarizing Tracy with current job search trends, refreshed her resume and looked at job listings together to pinpoint an ideal position for her.  We brushed up on her interviewing skills and in turn, showed her the value of her previous and transferable experience.  So much of a positive interview experience comes down to confidence.  I was thrilled that after just a few interviews, Tracy found a position she felt was a good fit.  

~ Lori Frederick, Gorham Adult Education, Career & College Counselor


February 14, 2017

I contacted Lori to help me with my job search after losing a job of 15 years and had not been on any interviews during that time.  Lori was very helpful, making me realize my worth for my job experience and knowledge.  She reviewed and consulted me on how to better my resume and conduct myself with my interviews right down to my outfit!  I was confident, poised and prepared and found a job within just a couple weeks of interviewing.  Lori followed up several weeks after the start of my new job to “check in” and see how everything was going.  I want to thank Lori for all her help and expertise on helping me find a new career.

~ Tracy Spaulding, Casco, ME


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on February 27, 2017 | Read more in: News

1st Annual Substitute Job Fair

The Scarborough Public Schools, Westbrook Public Schools, South Portland Public Schools, and the Gorham Public Schools have come together to try and "combine forces" to recruit much-needed substitutes for our school systems.

Oct. 1 We will be hosting our FIRST EVER regional Substitute Job Fair on  at Husson University in Westbrook.  The goal is to create a "one-stop shop" for people to come in, complete applications, go through interviews, key trainings, and register for their CHRC approval all in one location and at one time so that when they leave, they are ready (almost ready) to be placed on our sub-lists for all four school systems!
FMI, please contact Rhonda Warren, Gorham School Department, at 207-222-1012.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on September 1, 2016

Upcoming Hiring/Career Info Events- Portland Career Center

With an unprecedented demand for workers, the Greater Portland Career Center has several upcoming hiring events leading to some great career opportunities!

On Tuesday, September 6th from 3-4PM and 4-5PM there will be an informational session on construction jobs/ careers in Maine.

Carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, general laborers, and heavy equipment operators are all in high demand. Many of these positions do not require formal education and many employers are willing to train you on the job.

 The average wage in the construction industry in Maine is $18.48 hourly!

If you have ever thought of a construction job/ career, or are just curious, attend one of these sessions to get a realistic overview of construction jobs available, upward mobility, career opportunities and what you need to know to get hired.

To register call Holly or Mark at 822-3312 or 822-3344

You may also register by emailing:

Walk ins welcome!     Construction_Trades.docx


On Wednesday, September 7th from Noon-3:00PM the Greater Portland Career Center will be hosting their monthly job fair with over 25 employers!   sep7.docx

Participating employers include:


  • Advantage Solutions                                     
  • Comfort Keepers Bonney Staffing
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Complete Labor and Staffing
  • Eastern Maine Health Systems
  • Express Employment
  • Goodwill Industries NNE
  • HMS Host
  • Home Depot
  • Hutchins Trucking
  • In-Home Senior Services
  • Kaplan Univ.
  • Labor Ready
  • Lucas Tree Experts
  • Marriott Sable Oaks
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Nichols
  • Pepsi Beverage Co
  • Piedmont Airlines
  • Prudential
  • Spurwink Services
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Texas Instruments
  • US Customs and Border Patrol
  • Complete Labor and Staffing
  • Eastern Maine Health Systems
  • Express Employment
  • Goodwill Industries NNE



On Wednesday, September 14, at 9:00AM the Portland Career Center will be hosting an open house to learn about a training opportunity to obtain a Manufacturing Technician Certificate. As a graduate of this local program you’ll gain the necessary skills to impress prospective employers and be prepared for jobs starting at $14 hr.  A high school diploma or equivalent is required.  Grants and scholarships are available to qualified candidates.

Plan to stay for 2-3 hours for information and assessments.    Sept_14.docx

Hope to see you at one or all of these great events!!


Mark J Cafiso, US Army, Retired

Veterans Employment / Business Services

Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd, Portland, Me, (207)822-3344 Direct, (207)822-0221 Fax

The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

Confidentiality Notice: This email, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient and may contain privileged information. Any unauthorized use, review, disclosure, or distribution is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete/destroy all copies of this original message and attachments.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on September 1, 2016

Congratulations to Gorham's first Earn While You Learn CNA course Graduates

Gorham Adult Education, in collaboration with Gorham House, are excited to congratulate the 8 students who graduated on August 12, 2016 from our first Earn While You Learn CNA course.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is a 180 hour, state approved course that prepares you to become a CNA and includes classroom instruction, labs and clinical work. The students had the privilege of being led by instructor, Corina Wright, Corporate Trainer for Continuum Health Services at Gorham House.

The Earn While You Learn program allows students the opportunity to be compensated while in a recognized, workforce training program developed in collaboration with individual employers. These programs engage employees in learning skills specific to their occupation both on the job and through formal coursework. Think of these programs as an apprenticeship is a time-proven, effective training model that continues to innovate and adapt to meet employers’ needs for skilled labor and workers’ needs for good wages with a clearly defined career pathway to advancement 


Gorham House and Gorham Adult Education worked closely with the Root Cellar in Portland to offer immigrants the opportunity to participate. Gorham House provided transportation for those living in Portland. 

Our eight graduates are now all employees of Gorham House.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on September 1, 2016 | Read more in: News

ESL Students receive their Citizenship!

Please join Gorham Adult Education in congratulating two of our English Language Learners on passing their Naturalization test and becoming US Citizens. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication.  



Ibrahim Idris with family members and his ELL tutor, Bea Brockman. Ibrahim is also a student at Portland Adult Education.



Hanad Nyu is a student in our ELL College Transitions program.


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on May 24, 2016 | Read more in: News

ESL student, Mei Chen's story about her journey to the United States

I want to share this beautiful story written by Mei Chen, a student at Gorham Adult Education and a new American citizen.  After I read her story, I asked her more about why she came to this country. Like so many immigrants, she followed family members.  She was the last of her family to come to the United States.  Her story about Gaungzhou speaks to the connection that very frequently remains between immigrants and their native country. 

Thank you for taking a minute to read Mei's story, Kate Rotroff, Director of Gorham Adult Education

Mei Chen's journey to the United States, in her own words...Guangzhou-3_Meis_Story.pdf


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on October 23, 2014

ESL Student receives US Citizenship!

Please join Gorham Adult Education in congratulating Mei Chen on passing her US Naturalization test and becoming a US Citizen. We are so proud of her hard work and dedication with the generous help of her ESL tutor, Paula Wehmeyer.

Mei's Journey to America!


Posted by Barbara Quinn-Gagnon  on October 2, 2014 | Read more in: News

Where Are They Now?

Robert Vetterline and Danielle Hicks

One of the joys of writing this column is the memories that these students activate. When Danielle and I reconnected via Facebook, I was so proud to see a young family who had succ essfully overcome a number of barriers. After reading some of Danielle’s posts, I had to tease her. I asked her if she envisioned herself with a mini-van and a freezer when she was with us in 2005. Her response was “Kate, l have grown up.” 

Danielle graduated from Gorham Adult Education in 2005 and Robert in 2006. Robby joined the army in 2008. They knew each other in high school and began dating in 2009. 

They married in February 2010 and moved to Fort Hood,Texas. Since then, they have been busy building their family while living a military life. Robbie has served three overseas deployments - two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He returned this spring to Fort Hood from Afghanistan. 

Robbie and Danielle have three children – Joseph age 9, Kendra age 7 and Jillian age 2. Joseph is a Boy Scout and Kendra is a dancer with the Gymkix High Velocity Dance Company. And Jillian is two. What more can you say?

Since marrying, Danielle has juggled parenting (singly for much of the time), volunteering with the Family Readiness Group at Fort Hood, and attending college. She will graduate this spring with an Associates Degree in Applied Science as a paralegal. She is actively looking for a job with a law firm.

Robbie will be leaving the service in 2015. Robbie is proud of his military service, but is also excited to get out and be home with his family. He is planning to go back to school. He is looking to carpentry or computer science. He isn't 100% sure yet. 

Danielle summed up her accomplishments and the hopes for the future, “I am excited to begin my career. It has been a long time coming for me. It's taken me 10 years almost to get my degree but I've done it! I'm excited to have our family in the same place at the same time for more than just a few months at a time. I'm excited to move back to Maine and be near my mom, dad, and gram again.”


Posted by Kate Rotroff  on May 16, 2014 | Read more in: News