RSU #13 Programs
Adult Basic Education/GED Preparation: Have the skill levels changed in your job and you need a degree? Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs are individualized for each learner to achieve his or her goals. We offer instruction in reading, spelling, writing and math. Classes are free and confidential. Call Beth A. Gifford at 594.5154. Testing accommodations are available to persons with documented disabilities. For more information on accommodations, contact Shannon M. Parker at 594.9764.
After-School Programming at RDMS and RDHS: Adult and Community Education offers a variety of after-school clubs for Rockland District High School and Rockland District Middle School students. Clubs run in four regular 6-week sessions per year, in addition to one 4-week session in May and a five-week summer session. Registration is FREE and students can choose from nearly 20 different activities each session ranging from homework club to skiing to pottery to guitar playing! Contact Laurie Curtin at 975.5495 for more information.
College Transitions Program: The Transition-to-College Project is designed to help adults transition into college. We provide training and tutoring in English, Math, and Computers for college. This is a free-of-charge program. For more details on this program, see page 18 of this brochure.
Community Travel: Adult & community education programs throughout the state of Maine are joining together to arrange amazing travel opportunities for our residents. This year, join us for Italy, Ireland or Whitewater Rafting right here in Maine.
Creative Economy Initiative: Since midcoast Maine is home to many unique individuals who earn their living in “non-traditional” ways, MSAD#5 has partnered with professionals in the Creative Economy to help community members sustain their professional life as an artisan entrepreneur. Boat builders, self-published poets, jewelry makers, fiber arts specialists or potters are the creative people who drive the unique economy of the Midcoast. MSAD#5 Adult and Community Education is poised to help Maine artisans and entrepreneurs promote their business through education. To find out more, please turn to the Creative Economy Initiative section at the back of this brochure.
English Language Learning (ELL): Each year many people who have limited or no English-speaking skills are trained through our ESL program. If you know of someone we could help, please contact us at 594.9764. Please see the detailed calendar on at the end of this catalog.
Growing Tree Family Literacy: If you are a young parent who would like to complete your GED or High School Diploma and need support with child care and transportation, this may be the program for you. Engage in parenting activities like swimming at the YMCA, book picnics, reading hour and more. Call 594-0975 or 594-1980 for more information. Learn to grow with your children!
High School Adult Education Diploma: A total of 20 Carnegie Units (credits) is required to earn a Rockland District High School Adult Education diploma. Credits previously earned through accredited high schools, trade schools, or alternative programs are usually accepted. Credits may be awarded toward a RDHS diploma for college-level classes gained post-GED. A personal education program is designed with consideration toward the multitude of talents and experience adults have gained. To enroll, call 596.2018.
Institute EXPLORE: This new program is designed for motivated youth ages 17 and up, who are currently out of school, and need to earn several credits in order to obtain a high school diploma. Students will earn 7-9 credits in one year. In addition to 6 academic credits, participants will earn credits in career exploration; sales and marketing; and community service.
Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine: MSAD#5 partners with LV Mid-Coast Maine, a non-profit organization that works to improve reading, writing and related literacy skills of adults and their families in Knox County and surrounding areas. Our programs are FREE and confidential. We offer one-on-one and small group, learner-centered instruction by well-trained volunteer tutors. Please call 594.5154 to speak with Beth A. Gifford, Director, or 1.800.322.5455 for the statewide hotline.
Office Assistant and Accounting Clerk Certificate Program: Office Assistant and Accounting Clerk Certificates are now available. The Office Skills program is designed for anyone preparing for entry-level jobs, re-entering the business world, upgrading skills or seeking a promotion. Specific information about each course can be found in this brochure under the Certification for Job Training Program. Students with some office skills may receive credit for up to three (3) courses, if proficiency is demonstrated.