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Envision. Enact. Engage. 

Due to COVID-19 we are currently only working with academic students in-person using CDC recommended guidelines. All enrichment classes are currently being held (successfully!) online.


Our courses for the winter/spring semester will be posted by early-mid-December. Please click on the “Courses” link at the top of the page for a full listing. Check back frequently as we will add classes as we can.

We also offer classes through UGotClass and ed2go. These classes are online and self-paced. They are available year-round.

You can also visit maineadulted.org for online adult ed classes available throughout the state of Maine.


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.


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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    Spanish (Block 3)

    Do you wish to acquire enough knowledge of Spanish to meet your needs as a tourist or business traveler in a Spanish Speaking country? Do you wish to read simple Spanish texts? Do you wish to build a foundation in the Spanish language for further study in secondary school or college? This course meets the […]

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    Spanish Conversation 1

    Conversation 1 is a fun, interactive class designed to reinforce what you have learned in our Spanish Block 1 & 2 classes. Students should have a good grasp of basic grammar of the Spanish language such as; articles, basic nouns, and important verb conjugation. Instructor Bio: I am creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated native-Spanish speaking from […]

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    English Tea Time

    Born in England, JoAnne loves sharing her beloved recipes and suggestions on how to host and enjoy classic afternoon tea. We will make the most tender fruit and cream scones, homemade lemon curd, and the perfect pot of tea in this live, online class. A list of ingredients will be sent to you via email […]

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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 […]

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    Stress Reduction in COVID Times

    Drawing from the fields of Mindfulness, Brain Science and the latest wellness research, in this 4-week series you will learn a variety of tools and techniques to help you deal with the uncertainty, anxiety, and the stress of these challenging times.  Each week will include guided relaxation and several new tools and practices that are […]

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