Welcome to our new website!

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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    English Language Acquisition

    If you are someone you know would benefit from English Language Acquisition classes, please contact us. Instruction is based on everyday living skills at home, work, and community. And it is free for qualifying students. Please note that our summer hours are limited but, we will do our best to accommodate interested students.

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    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant: INTEREST LIST ONLY

    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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