Maine Adult Education Association

The Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) is a nonprofit organization representing adult education programs, professionals and volunteers in Maine since 1965.

Maine Adult Education Association Conference

June 20 and 21, 2018 at University of Southern Maine, Portland

Registration deadline is June 8, 2018.  No refunds will be given after this date.  For registration questions, contact Shirley Wright at


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Maine Adult Education Association


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.

Adopted  10/21/05


Revised Bylaws 2016

Adult Education in Maine

Adult Education programs in Maine support adults along all aspects of their educational journey.

Maine Adult Education Data 2015-2016

4,906 Adult High School Completion Students (Diploma and HiSET)

1,242 Of 4906 students received High School Credential

2,217 College Preparatory Students

6,643 Workforce Preparation Participants

2,207 English Language Acquisition and Civics Education Learners

3,320 Adult Basic Education Students

873 High School Credit Recovery Students (High School Students)

37,292 General Enrichment Participants


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 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.