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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.

You can also check out our latest news, and if you have any questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section. Get started with your next learning experience!



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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    Driver’s Ed Fall 1

    Driver’s Edge Driving School offers Driver Education at MDIHS. Students must be at least 15 years old by the date of the first class. Registrations forms can be found at the MDIHS main office or contact the Adult Ed office or email mdiae@mdirss.org for a downloadable copy. A deposit of $100 must be returned with […]

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    Dance: Country (Texas) Two-Step for Beginners

    With roots from Swing dancing, Country 2 Step is the most popular country dance style in partner dancing. Very easy for beginners to learn. Dance experience is not necessary. Partner is suggested, but not required.Dance shoes are strongly suggested or Western boots/shoes with leather soles.

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    Dance: Cha Cha!

    A very controlled, dramatic Latin Dance. It is a display of various emotions – passion, conflict, strength, empowerment, and romance. Dance experience is not necessary. Partner is strongly suggested, but not required. Dance shoes are strongly suggested or shoes with leather soles.

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    Dance: Learn Line Dancing!

    As the name describes, dancers stand in a line(s), side by side, for this style of dance. Types of music will include: Pop, Swing, Rock n’ Roll, Disco, Latin, Blues, Jazz, and a little Country. It’s fun and is sure to make you smile! Dance experience and partner are not necessary. Dance shoes or shoes […]

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    Art: Drawing for All

    This class will be for beginners and intermediates and focus first on the basics then expand to how to draw people and animals, as well as learning perspective, tonal value and pen and ink. To learn and understand drawing, we must start with the basics like understanding line, form, value and shading. Any drawing will […]

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