Central Aroostook ARC Established in 1959
"Making a difference for people with developmental disabilities"

Current News

1/21/2016                                                 Athletes Converge on UMPI's Gentile Hall for Special Olympics

115 athletes from 13 sending schools and programs converged on University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Gentile Hall for the annual Special Olympic Basketball event on January 14th. The event was delayed by one day due to inclement weather the day prior. Six divisions with four teams each competed against one another following pre-game warm up exercises. Many volunteers assisted with the coordination of the event including students from Presque Isle, Caribou, and Easton. In addition, coaches, referees and state officials all supported the event by way of volunteerism. Longtime support by area law enforcement and UMPI staff and created a seamless activity with many spectators cheering athletes on. Our very supportive area media WAGM and The Star Herald were on-hand to promote the activity.


12/14/15                                                       Building Expansion for Adult Day Program Complete

The Central Aroostook Association Board of Directors, Administration, and Staff recently celebrated the completion of a construction and renovation project to the facility to benefit one of its largest programs. Adult Day Services Program for individuals having intellectual disabilities was readied for occupation and service delivery late November.  

Central Aroostook Association has evolved into 8 programs that employs 150 staff throughout central Aroostook County. After stabilizing through growth and retention over recent years, Executive Director Steve Richard and Adult Services Director Pam Powers conducted an assessment and soon thereafter entered planning mode to create more usable space for services. The effort has nearly doubled usable space and has improved the scope and efficiency of care including day room, audio and video technology, private medication room, physical/occupational therapy room, large activity areas, and deck.

“It’s common to hear of the term quality in the service delivery world these days. We have been a long-time regional leader in providing a variety of person-centered service through the years and we’re confident this investment will exceed expectations of the individuals who attend our program.” Powers stated.  She also stated that for over 20 years she had envisioned what an addition to the Adult Services building should look like to meet the needs of the people attending.  To actually see the renovations completed and see how much the new space is enjoyed is very exciting and what was expected.

In addition to the program expansion, Central Aroostook Association also built a storage facility to house vehicles and equipment. The 38-acre facility has been home to Central Aroostook Association since 1967 following a government subsidy to provide opportunities to individuals diagnosed with physical and developmental disabilities.

Christmas Party & School Break

Opportunity Training Center (Special Purpose Private School) will hold its annual Christmas party on Wednesday, December 23rd.  Students will enjoy snacks, dancing and movies.  School closes at the end of the day for the Christmas vacation.  School will be closed through Monday, January 4, 2016.  Questions regarding school break or additional student activities through the month of December can be directed to Paula Perkins at 554-4518. 



Central Aroostook Association Visitor Procedure-Effective August 1, 2015

Guests of Central Aroostook Association will be asked to follow a new entry precedure upon arrival.  A brief visitor entry form will be completed that simply states the guest's name, purpose of visit,  and details of his/her automobile.  A badge will be assigned with time of arrival logged.  Upon departure, the badge will be returned and departure time added to the log.  Staff will be escorting visitors as needed.   



OTC Summer Program Schedule (June 2015)

June 15-Group 1 Movies        June 16-Group 2  Fishing        June 17-Group 1  Bowling      June 18-Group 2  Swimming      June 19-Group 1 Swimming

June 22-Group 2 Movies       June 23-Group 1 Movies         June 24-Group 2  Bowling       June 25-Group 1 Swimming       June 26-Group 2 Swimming

 OTC Summer Program Schedule (July 2015)

July 6-Group 1 Movies         July 7-Group 2 Goughan's Farm     July 8-Group 1 Goughan's Farm     July 9-Group 2 Swimming     July 10-Group 1 Swimming

July 13-Group 2 Movies       July 14-Group 1 Movies    July 15-Group 2 Aroostook State Park      July 16-Group 1 Swimming      July 17-Group 2 Swimming

July 27-Group 1 Movies       July 28-Group 2  Mini Golf     July 29-Group 1 Blackstone Farm      July 30-Group 2 Swimming        July 31-Group 1 Swimming   

OTC Summer Program Schedule (August 2015)

August 3-Group 2 Movies     August 4-Group 1 Movies      August 5-Group 2 Fishing      August 6-Group 1  Family BBQ       August 7-Group 2 Family BBQ

May 12, 2015-Proficiency-Based Education 

By July 1, 2015, each special purpose private school (SPPS) must submit a transition plan to the Maine Department of Education that will include evidence of preparedness, multi-year implementation plan and system of supports for learning.  It will be the responsibility of each SPPS to provide instruction based on standards-aligned curricula; and evaluate and report students' progress towards meeting standards as terms and conditions to award diplomas of 8 content areas.  The Maine Department of Education will be assessing preparedness and clear connections betweeen evidence and description of greatest strength and greatest challenge.  The description will include metrics for the 2015-2016 school year and each year thereafter.

Opportunity Training Center
(Special Purpose Private School) Activities

Friday, May 15-Spring Games
Friday, May 29-End-of-year-dance
Wednesday, June 3-Graduation
Monday, June 8-Last Day of School

County Box & Pallet SHARP Recognition

On April 1, 2015,
County Box & Pallet became the recipient of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition (SHARP) award recognizing an ongoing effort to apply work safety in the private sector.  County Box & Pallet also recently celebrated three years of no lost time.  County Box & Pallet employs 18 staff and specializes in the manufacturing of pallets for area farms and businesses.

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