Students Complete Course on How To Deal Table Games and Poker

Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is honoring about 60 students for completing the first course in Maine teaching people how to deal table games and poker.  The course began in January and was held in conjunction with Eastern Maine Community College’s Hospitality Institute.  The 8-week course ran five days a week, and gave students the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge of table games that could be used for job opportunities at Hollywood Casino, or other gaming facilities around the world.

“These students have put in a lot of effort to get to this point,” said John Osborne, General Manager of Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. “They have put in long days, and are now prepared to deal all of the games that we offer at Hollywood Casino,  and they are also prepared to enhance the entertainment experience of our customers.

“Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

 “Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

T3” is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the State including four brand new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to:  Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy. 

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails Founder.

81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website 

Student artists to be celebrated on 2012-13 laptop screensaver

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 72,000 students and teachers for their artwork starting this fall. The 20 students from across Maine have won the honor to have their artwork included in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptop screensaver for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 380 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the 2012-13 screensaver. Students and teachers voted on their favorites, and two of the 20 featured works were the top vote getters. An independent panel of three judges selected the other 18 pieces.

Many of the images are photographs, though several students used pencil, paint, clay and other media to create their images.

“The arts are an essential part of the student experience in Maine. The arts offer students the opportunities they need to explore their passions, discover their talents and apply their creativity,” said Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Acadia Hospital Partners with NESCom Students to Design Film Poster

Acadia Hospital Partners with NESCom Students to Design Film Poster

For over a year The Acadia Hospital has been working with partner Project AWARE and area teens to produce a high quality dramatic short film about teen depression and anxiety entitled, The Road Back.

With the public premiere scheduled for March 21, 7:00 PM at Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus, a professional poster promoting the event was needed. Acadia Hospital's Communications Officer Alan Comeau knew just where to turn. "We had worked with students from the New England School of Communications before, and the result was two high quality brochures, so when it was time to produce a poster for our film, I immediately thought of them, and once again the students came through."

The school's Design II class, taught by professional graphic artist Theresa Ayotte, heard a presentation about the film and had a chance to ask questions of their prospective client. The end result had four students offering a total of six different poster designs.

UMaine Career Fair

The University of Maine is holding its annual Career Fair Wednesday, February 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

Some 85 companies, organizations and graduate school programs have registered to exhibit at the fair this year, and are looking forward to meeting students who could become interns, summer employees or fulltime employees, says Patty Counihan, director of the UMaine Career Center (, organizer of the event.

Typically, about 1,000 or more students descend upon the Career Fair, dressed professionally and armed with portfolios and resumes -- looking to learn about companies, agencies and organizations. An informal chat with a company representative could open the door to a formal job interview, Counihan says.

Many participating employers are Maine-based, she says.