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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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    High School Completeion: HiSET

    If you didn’t finish high school, you know that your job choices can be limited. Even with talent and drive, the lack of a high school diploma can limit your opportunities. Increase your lifelong earnings by earning your high school credential. The HiSET® exam has replaced the GED as Maine’s High School equivalency assessment. If […]

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    Adult Education Diploma

    Need only a few credits to complete your high school diploma? Through an online learning program as well as face-to-face tutoring, you can work at your own pace through step-by-step lessons while working with a teacher on a weekly basis to earn those lingering credits. Special focus and attention will be on your college and […]

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    Preparing for College or Career

    Maine College Transitions is a complete program that guides you toward your goal. Whether you know exactly what you want or have no idea what you could do, Maine College Transitions is the best place to start. Maine College Transitions is ready when you are. All you need is the desire to further your education […]

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    Clinical Medical Assistant Information Night

    Join us on Wednesday, January 8 from 6-7pm for information about the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program. Pre-registration is helpful. Email: mdiae@mdirss.org or call 288-4703. Please read the following information about the course: Our Clinical Medical Assistant program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.  […]

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    Art: Watercolor for Beginners

    This class will be a gently guide you into watercolor painting. We’ll cover the basic stuff like how to do a wash, what kind of brush, what kind of paper and what kind of paints to use. We’ll also cover more advanced and stylized skills in this class. Drawing skills are not needed. Learn how […]

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