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Mt. Desert Island Adult and Community Education offers free and/or affordable education to adults.

Services provided include:

 high school completion

transition services to college or career

career and college exploration

career and college preparation

driver’s education

workforce training

proctoring services for college classes (fee for non-UMaine System schools)

proctoring workforce certificate programs

enrichment classes



 Mount Desert Island Adult Education’s Age Policy:  Unless otherwise noted in the course description, courses are open to individuals seventeen years and older, who are not attending K-12 schools.  In some cases, permission may be granted by the director. 

Please contact Anne Patterson, Director, for details: 288-4703 or email her at apatterson@mdirss.org.




Learning for everyone

Make this the year you earn your high school diploma… change jobs…                                  learn an new skill…  gain a new hobby….

Whatever new skill or life change you’re dreaming of, there’s a good chance your local Maine adult education program can help you get there.

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    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

    This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.  It will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.   This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship […]

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    Cooking: Vegan Cooking Around the World!

    Over a four week period we will discuss, learn and cook a plant based meal each week that is representative of a culinary tradition from different region of the world. How do you make pasta without an egg?..or how do you have BBQ from Korea without meat? We will cook up answers to these questions, […]

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    Estate Planning Basics: What You Should Know to Put Your Affairs In Order

    Estate planning is the process by which we consider the transfer of wealth or other assets in order to meet a specific goal. Some common estate planning goals include protection of a spouse or disabled child, tax savings, disability planning and business succession planning, among others. Part of the planning process is assembling the appropriate […]

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    Art: Exploring Art for Adults

    This is a class where we explore the various media of art like painting; sculpting with clay and other materials; drawing and pastels; pen and ink, just to name a few. Aside from exploring these different art media, we will also highlight a well-known or famous artist during this exploration. This will include Georgia O’Keefe, […]

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    This class is designed to stimulate interest in starting beekeeping as a hobby, to help pollinate crops, or generally learn more about the honeybee husbandry. We’ll also cover what is needed, where to locate beehives, where to buy them, what it costs, and how-to over-winter bees.

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