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LAWRENCE — If you have hopes of being a teacher and plan on taking the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in March, then a 10-hour (4-week) MTEL Prep Course, offered through Northern Essex Community College's Corporate and Community Education Center, is for you.

The non-credit course, offered at the Northern Essex Riverwalk location in Lawrence, is designed to prepare those who plan to take the March 2012 Communication and Literacy Skills Test, which is one of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure. The CLST is the first test required towards licensure as a teacher or educational administrator and for students transferring to four-year colleges to become teachers in the state of Massachusetts.

This course provides an overview of the test, an intensive review of the skills assessed by the test, the opportunity to take sample tests, and strategies for test-taking. It will be held on Saturday mornings starting January 28 from 9:30 to noon. The cost is $199, which includes materials.

For additional information, contact Erin O'Brien in The Center for Careers in Teaching at (978)738-7436 or eobrien@necc.mass.edu. To register, call 978-556-3700 and register for non-credit course number 433 PRDV1093-RWA.

Artists Guild hosts illustrator

NORTH ANDOVER — The Andovers Artists Guild is hosting a demonstration by illustrator Susan Tait Porcaro Sunday at 2 p.m. at the East Mill Art Space, 21 High St.- the Davis and Furber Complex.

Guest are welcome for a $5 donation, free to Guild members.

For more information visit andoversartistsguild.org or call Nella at 978-975-0015.

Learn about wrecks in Stellwagen Bank

GLOUCESTER — Join maritime archaeologists Deborah Marx and Matthew Lawrence for a filmed tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Maritime Sanctuary's historic shipwrecks on Saturday Feb. 18 at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop fropm 1-3 p.m.

They will present the 45-minute Science Channel's Viewers Choice Award winning documentary, "The Wreck of the Steamship Portland." On Nov. 26, 1898, the Steamship Portland left India Wharf in Boston for Portland, Maine, on a regularly scheduled run. She never made it to port. After much speculation, in 2002 researchers conclusively solved the mystery surrounding the Portland's location. The movie will be followed by a presentation on Sanctuary maritime heritage projects and a tour of the Sanctuary's exhibit at Maritime Gloucester.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP with payment by Friday, Feb. 17. Essex Heritage and Maritime Gloucester members $5/Non-members $10. Please register online at essexheritage.org/membership or send checks to: Essex National Heritage Commission, 221 Essex St., Suite 41 Salem, MA 01970. Call Elizabeth at 978-740-0444 for questions and details.

New guide offered to teen drivers parents

BOSTON — Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey yesterday joined Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian to announce the availability of a new guide to optimize the 40-hours of supervised driving teens are required to complete under parental supervision prior to receiving their license.

"As young people across Massachusetts learn to drive our roadways with obvious excitement, I hope the availability of 'The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide' will ease some of the stress and concern often experienced by the parents and guardians of new drivers," Davey said.

Teens obtaining their learner's permit will be given a copy of the "The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide" at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches at no cost to families or to taxpayers, through a partnership with Safe Roads Alliance, a not-for-profit advocate for improved highway safety and the guides sponsor, Safety Insurance.

"This guide will prepare parents and build their confidence as they expose their teens to driving under various roadway conditions," Kaprielian said.

The guide is divided into 11 skill sets, such as parking, backing up, city and highway driving, and asks parents and teens to initial each lesson as the material is covered and the lesson is completed.

Within the guide, a log is provided to record the required driving hours, the skills covered and the time and weather conditions. The guide also offers parents guidance on how to approach each lesson as well as how to continue education once the 40 hours are completed.

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