The Kennebec Valley Adult Education Alliance recently received a $20,000 grant from the Adult Learner Partnership program of the Maine Community Foundation, which provides scholarship and grant support along with learning opportunities to organizations that help adult learners transition into two- and four-year degree-granting programs.

A free 15-week College Readiness course will be offered. College credit will be awarded to UMA to students who take the course and students who complete the course will be eligible for financial scholarships.

The program is a partnership made up of the University of Maine at Augusta and seven area adult education programs including Augusta, Gardiner, Winthrop, Maranacook, Waterville, Fairfield and Skowhegan. For more information about the course, those interested should call their local Adult Education program: Augusta, 626-2470; Fairfield, 453-4200, ext. 3115; Gardiner, 582-3774; Maranacook, 685-4923 ext. 1065; Skowhegan, 474-7553; Waterville, 873-5754; or Winthrop, 377-2265. More information is available online at