Welcome to our new website!

Envision. Enact. Engage. 

Due to COVID-19 we are currently not able to run in-person classes or meetings. However, we will still work with diploma students online.


Links for online learning on a wide variety of topics will be updated as we have them. We will also promote programming from other programs and providers that will also be online since geography is no longer a barrier.


Want to learn more about ZOOM? Using Zoom allows you to meet with people online! Click here for a tutorial to get you started.

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.




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Red. Right. Return to Learning.

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.

  • Oct
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    Creating Textual Effects in Watercolors

    Online class: Painters will experiment with different ways wet paint will react to paper. It can be very interesting to create various textural effects that can then be used to replicate a surface or texture with intention while painting. Recordings of this class will be available for participants to replay part or all of the […]

  • Nov
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    Spanish (Block 2)

    Online class: A continuation of the beginner’s Spanish class, this second 4 weeks will continue to expose learners to basic vocabulary, grammar, and beginner conversation. Effort will be made to tailor the class to learner’s interests and needs. Students will need to purchase “Spanish Made Simple: Revised and Updated” by Judith Nemethy.  Limited copies are […]

  • Nov
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    Hospice Myths Debunked: Hospice Offers More Than You Think!

    Online class: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County (HVHC) invite you to a free informational session surrounding the common myths about hospice care, while also sharing information about how hospice services go far beyond what many people realize. Advance Care Directive and grief support for families before and after their loved one passes are also offered […]

  • Dec
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    Holiday Candy Tray

    Online class: Don’t be intimidated by candy making! No candy thermometer needed for this class, so it’s perfect for anyone, including parents and children. We will make a variety of easy but delicious holiday candies such as truffles, caramels, barks, and fudge. Children may join under a parent’s registration. A material’s list will be sent […]

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