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Brinley Johnson
A journey from Merrymeeting to Cyber Security at IDEXX
"I grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and spent the summers at the beach and the winters playing in the snow. My education began with homeschooling, which lasted until high school. When we realized that I would need help on certain subjects, my mother reached out to Merrymeeting Adult Education to inquire about classes. Which eventually led to me taking the HiSET. After I graduated in 2018, I hadn’t expected to finish high school so soon. With various ideas of what I wanted to do for a career, but no real path, I worked with Paul Elisha and was recommended to the TechHire program.

I met with a representative and signed up for a Cyber Security Certification, and I began Classes at UMA. The program lasted three semesters overall. One of the semesters required an internship for credit and I was sent an opportunity from TechHire for IDEXX Laboratories. I interviewed and was accepted as an intern July 2019. I had my internship extended across multiple departments and in December 2020 I was hired as a full time employee working in IT as an Asset Management Coordinator. It took a lot of hard work and I had my doubts that things would work out as well as they did. It was difficult taking an internship for 40 hours a week while taking classes in the evening. I had a wonderful teacher at UMA who was willing to work with my schedule and my managers at IDEXX were also very understanding.

Through my internship I fell in love with working in IT at IDEXX. I work at a company that is making a difference in the world through scientific innovations. It is also a welcoming, positive, and collaborative environment. Before I found Merrymeeting I never imagined my future self as happy as I am now.

Looking back in 2022 (and my second year working from home), I am very thankful to Merrymeeting and to IDEXX for giving me the opportunities and resources I needed to learn and grow into a tech career in Maine."
“The TechHire Initiative, launched by President Obama in March of 2015, is a multi-sector effort to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges as well as non-traditional paths to technology training.
“At IDEXX, we are driven by a desire to contribute to something bigger than ourselves by making a positive social impact on a global scale. Our Purpose is to be a great company that creates exceptional long-term value for our customers, employees, and shareholders by enhancing the health and well-being of pets, people, and livestock.”
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Check out these featured cooking classes and workshops!

Hearty soups just warm the body and soul in the depths of winter. Come bring your pot and take home a different soup each week to enjoy with your family or friends.

Nothing says dessert quite like chocolate! In this one-night class, we will prepare molten lava cakes, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and take home a fudge sauce to die for. Bring your sweet tooth, an empty container or two and a friend for a night of sinful decadence.

You do not need to be ET to make a wonderful scone! Debra will show you step by step how to make light and tender Chocolate Cherry Scones, Apricot Ginger Scones and Bacon, Cheddar, Chive Scones, as well as classic Basic Scones. Samples of all items will be tasted and the rest divided among the class.

Start your bread in the morning and have it with dinner. This is a new streamlined process that shortens production time and produces a perfect loaf every time.

Students will learn to make sugar Easter eggs for decorating. Students will also learn to decorate the eggs using a combination of Royal icing and / or commercial decorations.

Have you suffered through pastry mishaps or despaired over runny pie filling? Let Deb help you with that. In one evening, we will make a standard two-crust Strawberry Rhubarb pie that will get rave reviews every time you make it, as well as a fresh fruit tart that is sure to please.
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On Thursday, January 27th, participants of the Pet Portraits in Acrylics workshop created beautiful portraits of their pets in acrylic. With the help of instructor, Shirley Anderson, participants painted their pets on pre-sketched canvases prepared by the instructor from photographs.

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The Winter/Spring 2022 catalog is here! With a bevy of new and returning classes, we are excited to bring you the best community education programming we can offer!

Visit our website HERE or you can visit our online catalog any time for updated information on our current programming by clicking on the cover image.