Appreciative Advising, Sept. 16, 2016
The Maine Adult Education Association is a professional organization that advocates for adult education locally, statewide, and nationally and supports its members in order to meet the educational needs of Maine’s adults.
We do this by:
- Advocacy for continuing educational opportunities for Maine adults in the 21st century.
- Promotion of and encouragement for professional development among adult educators, including a statewide conference.
- Advocacy for the development and improvement of the quality of adult and community education in Maine.
- Fostering communication and networking among members.
- Providing a program of activity with local, state and national policymakers necessary to achieve the purposes of the organization.
Adult Education in Maine
Adult Education programs in Maine support adults along all aspects of their educational journey. In 2014-1015, there were 51,059 adults enrolled in programs across the state, including the following:
Total Number Program
|*4613||Adult High School Completion – Students enrolled in HiSET Preparation and adult diploma courses|
|1,996||College Preparation Courses|
|4,703||Workforce Preparation Courses|
|1949||English Language Acquisition and Civics Education Courses|
|1337||Adult Basic Education Courses|
|650||Credit Recovery Courses for High School Students|
|*1,523||Adults received their high school credential (total included in Adult High School Completion)|
|35,811||Adults who enrolled in enrichment courses|
Local Adult Education Programs
Maine Adult Education is a state-wide system with 78 programs located throughout the state in more than over 85% of Maine’s towns, cities, and unorganized territories; adult education programs are located in most areas with a high school. Most programs run year-round and combine both day and evening classes.
Affordable: The average course costs $40, many services are free.
Trusted and Familiar: Most programs have been in operation for more than 25 years, serving Maine communities and individuals. Maine Adult Education has the flexibility to meet local needs.
Searchable: Course listings are searchable statewide at maineadulted.org for the majority of Maine programs.
Equipped: Certificate Programs in such areas as Certified Nurse Aid, Office Skills, Computer Skills and Customer Service are offered in many regions.
Diverse: Academic credentialing, worksite-based education, self-supporting community programming, English as a Second Language, literacy classes and tutoring, family literacy programs combining adult and early childhood education, parenting, distance learning and computer access are also offered across the state. In many areas, career and educational counseling is available.
Prepared: A nationally-recognized College Transitions program is available in all areas of the state.
Partners: Partnerships with Maine Career Centers and other agencies are encouraged by Adult Education programs
Funding for Maine Adult Education
Funds for adult education in Maine come from state subsidy on local expenditures, local tax dollars, federal funding for literacy and some vocational programs, and tuition and fees paid by individuals, businesses and agencies for community, workplace and vocational education. The bang for the buck in adult education is great; individuals and families are changed, our workforce is enhanced, and our communities strengthened.