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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education



Our Classes

Adult Education Diploma

Free

with Timothy McKim

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 career interests. We even have a survey course you can take to explore a career option!

Rolling admissions. Call for an intake appointment anytime.

Please call our office for your first informational appointment. 288-4703.

High School Completeion: HiSET

Free

with Timothy McKim

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 you are an adult without a high school diploma, the HiSET® could be your route to improved career prospects, a college education, and increased earnings potential. To earn a HiSET® credential, you are required to successfully pass five exams in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. HiSET®exam preparation and testing are free to Maine residents.

Please call our office for your first informational appointment. 288-4703. Rolling admissions, year round.

High School Completeion: HiSET

Free

with Timothy McKim

Calendar Jan 1, 2020

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 you are an adult without a high school diploma, the HiSET® could be your route to improved career prospects, a college education, and increased earnings potential. To earn a HiSET® credential, you are required to successfully pass five exams in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. HiSET®exam preparation and testing are free to Maine residents.

Please call our office for your first informational appointment. 288-4703. Rolling admissions, year round.

Adult Education Diploma

Free

with Timothy McKim

Calendar Jan 2, 2020

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 career interests. We even have a survey course you can take to explore a career option!

Step one is to meet with our Director, Anne Patterson. mdiae@mdirss.org. We'll be here when you are ready! Rolling admissions.

Preparing for College or Career

Free

with Timothy McKim

Calendar Jan 6, 2020

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 and to have completed, or be working toward, a high school credential (GED or HiSET®). Classes are taught by teachers who want you to succeed. You will be in classes with people like you who want to take the next step.

Hundreds of students who completed Maine College Transitions have gained entrance to trade schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges or universities. If you have a dream and the desire, we have the tools to get you to your goal. We will be there to guide and support you every step of the way.

First step: register online or contact us for an introductory meeting to see if this program is a good fit for you.

Clinical Medical Assistant Information Night

Free

with Anne Patterson

Calendar Jan 8, 2020 at 6 pm

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.  This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.  Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.                       

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.                                                                    

Course Contact Hours: 140 hours + Clinical Externship

Student Tuition: $2,599 (Textbooks included)

(Optional) Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours

Art: Watercolor for Beginners

$88

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

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 to mix colors and how to understand the color wheel. Each week or two we'll create a masterpiece suitable for framing. Instead of just looking at the scenery around the island, you can express what you see in watercolor. There is a materials fee (included in the total fee already) of $8.00 to cover the paint, paper and brushes.

No classes on Feb. 28 or March 3.

Art: American Art and the Maine Connection

$74

with Mike Duffy

Calendar Jan 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this class we will explore the history of American art and how many artists either were born in Maine or found their way there at some point in their career. Artists like the American Modernist painter Marsden Hartley, Andrew and son Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer just to name a very few. In this class we’ll explore these artists, their styles and their connection to Maine. We will be focusing on a select few artists, understanding their style and how they created their works, resulting in the class recreating some works as well as producing original art based on the artist’s style. Also, because of the intimate connection between this island and the art world. We’ll explore some well-known artists who reside on MDI. When you’re done this class, you’ll truly be a “Down Artster”. There is an $8 materials fee included in the cost of the class.





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