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28 Lincoln Street • Rockland, ME 04841 • 207-594-9764

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Adult Education Announces New Hires

Caption: Elizabeth DiLalla, English Language Learner instructor

Caption: Caitlin Clark, Academic Coordinator and Brenda Hio-Hamdan, English Instructor

The RSU13 Adult Education program is pleased to announce three new hires. Caitlin Clark will be serving as Academic Coordinator, offering college and career advising to all adult education students and tutoring students in the Learning Center who are pursuing their high school credentials. Caitlin’s background is in college access and success, and she is excited to work one on one with students to determine their next steps and achieve their goals. Brenda Hio-Hamdan is a certified English teacher, who joins the Adult Ed team from Brockton, Massachusetts. Brenda will be offering Language Arts and Writing assistance to students on Wednesday evenings from 4-7pm.  Elizabeth DiLalla, an experienced tutor and teacher of English Language Learners, has been hired to run Adult Education’s ELL class twice a week. Elizabeth has supported New Mainers in the midcoast for several years.  Caitlin, Brenda and Elizabeth join Peg Junge, certified Math instructor and Cathy VanDyke, career pathways and business computing specialist, to offer a full range of instruction to students. The Learning Center schedule can be found on the Adult Ed website:

Adult Education services are available to anyone in the community who wishes to complete a high school credential or who has a goal of enrolling in a post-secondary college or certificate program in the next 18 months. The English Language Learners class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. RSU13 Adult Education is housed at 28 Lincoln Street in Rockland, also referred to as McLain School, and has classrooms and offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Please call the Main Office at 594-9764 to learn more or schedule an intake appointment.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 31, 2018

Adult Education Instructors Learning Together


Caption:  Hub 7 members participate in a “fishbowl” gathering ideas and strategies.

Caption: Hub 7 members get to know each other at their first Professional Learning Community meeting.

RSU13 Adult Ed has joined together with Adult Ed programs across the midcoast region to create a Hub. This new model is being adopted by the state to encourage programs to apply for grants together, share resources and expertise, and to create Professional Learning Communities for instructors. Members of Hub 7 include Adult Ed programs from  RSU 3 (Mount View),  Belfast, 5 Towns Regional School District, RSU 13, Region 8 Mid Coast School of Technology, MSAD 40 (Waldoboro), Central Lincoln County, RSU 1 (Wiscasset), Merrymeeting (Topsham) and RSU 12 (Sheepscott Valley).

Instructors from Hub 7 recently met for their first Professional Learning Community meeting at Medomak Valley High School. Instructors ate dinner together and shared challenges and instructional strategies. Instructors will continue to meet regularly using online tools such as Zoom, to continue this collaboration.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on October 29, 2018

After-School Arts Programs!


We have some great after-school art programs running currently. To register, click on the class you wish and register online or call 207-594-9764! Class space is limited. Registration is suggested by September 27th.

Art Club - (Grades 4 & 5) with instructor Cindy McGuirl.  A variety of art topics using different techniques are offered throughout the year. Students get a brief lesson on how to use the new materials and then create their own, unique projects. Some topics are: Duct Tape Sculpture, Bookbinding and a Halloween mural. The class is flexible in topics. Begining October 9. Meets at Thomaston Grammer School. Tuesdays and Wednesdays (you may sign up for one or both days).  After school until 5:30.  No class when school is closed, including but not limited to: holidays, early release days, and snow days.

Arts with Heart - (Grades 6 - 8) with instructor Alexis Iammarion.  MURAL ARTS in the heart of Rockland! Think big, design big and lend your talents to a cause! This year-long painting workshop focuses on collaborative mural work and creating one-of-a-kind beautification on pieces for local organizations like our animal shelter, hospitals, schools, libraries and local businesses! SCHEDULE:   Beginning October 11. Thursdays. Meets at Flanagan Community Building, YMCA. After school until 4:30.  No class when school is closed, including but not limited to: holidays, early release days, and snow days.

Illustration and Graphic Novel Intensive - (Grades 9-12) with instructor Alexis Iammarino.  This high school drawing intensive gives time, space and instruction to young artists interested in developing their drawing, narrative and character development skills. Artists in this workshop will each work on their own comic book or graphic novel, learn how to be a peer mentor and to work as a creative collectively to assist one another in becoming confident and independently driven artists!  SCHEDULE:  Beginning October 11. Thursdays. Meets at Flanagan Community Building, YMCA. 5:00-7:30pm.  No class when school is closed, including but not limited to: holidays, early release days, and snow days.

Arts @ Work - (Grades 9 - 12, Mentorship Program) with instructor Alexis Iammarino.  This year-long program introduces local high school students to professional practice in the arts and provides young artists an opportunity to express themselves through art in a positive environment while creating collaboratively and gaining experience in making public art to enhance their community. Designed specifically for high school students, this program aims to deepen artistic learning, enhance student portfolios, and introduce the skills and practices of community, studio arts, and arts administration. Students in this program develop an independent project that is at the core of their studio work and mentors and professionals in that field or medium(s) are matched based on project goals and interests. Entering into year two, RASA's/Arts @ Work program continues to partner with host site, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s ArtLab as a base for experiential and contemporary work in the arts.  SCHEDULE:  Beginning October 12. Fridays. Meets at CMCA, 21 Winter Street: After school - 4:30.  No class when school is closed, including but not limited to: holidays, early release days, and snow days.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on September 19, 2018

College Next Is Open for Fall Registration

College Next, the adult education program for college preparation, in now registering students. Classes are one afternoon a week, beginning Wednesday, September 19, and finishing December 19. For the past four years this course has helped students learn what's needed to succeed in college - how to study, finish assignments on time, get financial aid, choose classes and navigate the college world. Successful graduates earn three college credits from the University of Maine at Augusta towards their degree. If desired, students can also register for skill-building classes in mathematics and English scheduled earlier the same day. All instruction is free; the only cost is for books.

This Program is designed for students who are entering college for the first time, or returning to college to finish up a degree. Because class size is small, students receive the support and academic help they need from instructors and fellow students. All classes are held on campus at UMA Rockland Center on Wednesdays for 13 weeks. For more information about the state-funded program or to register, call Peg at 207-691-5751 or email


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on September 19, 2018

Learning Center Open for the 2018-2019 School Year


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on September 19, 2018

After-School Program Registration for Spring FY18

It is time to sing up for After-School Clubs at Oceanside High School, Oceanside Middle School, and Thomaston Grammer School. 

Click on the links below for more information and to print the registration forms. All registration forms should be returned to the schools main office.

Groove Nation


RASA Arts in Action

TASA Art Club

Limited space avaliable. Registration is recommended by Friday, February 9th for the session beginning the week after February Break, February 26th. 


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on February 6, 2018

Workforce Development

Workforce Development for Small Businesses and Individuals

Our staff consultant works with you to assess your needs and to customize computer-based or business training for you and/or your staff.  Workshops are offered at the McLain School computer lab classroom in all topics covered in our array of computer, business and workforce courses. From Business Ethics and Customer Service to Cloud Computing and managing company Excel spreadsheets, we will work to design and deliver training for your own unique business needs.


For a printable copy, please click on the link below.


 “We have many different stages of Excel proficiency here at Lyman-Morse, but use the program on a daily basis. The custom Excel class was a perfect fit to bring us all up to speed and on a level playing field. It worked so well, we’re doing a third class for our employees this year.  We’re very excited about the classes as we see our employees continue to excel.” -Bill Belyea, Lyman Morse

 "Cathy worked with me one-on-one to create a Cloud Computing option to access my files at home and at my shop. She got me past the spot where I was stuck and pointed me in the right direction in just an hour."  -Rhonda Nortstrom, Rheal day spa

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Cathy VanDyke at or call 594-9764.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on December 7, 2017 | Read more in: News

After-School Program Registration is Open


It's time to sign up for After-School Clubs at Oceanside Middle School and Thomaston Grammar School. Click on the links below for more information and to print the registration forms. All registration forms should be returned to the main office at OMS or TGS.

RASA Arts in Action




Posted by Callie Saulniers  on September 13, 2017 | Read more in: News

Registration Open for Fall After-School Programs--See Main Page for Registration Forms


Posted by Christy Monroe  on September 28, 2016 | Read more in: News

RSU 13 Adult Education Graduates Twenty-Five Students

Congratulations to our twenty-five students who earned with GEDs, HiSETs or Adult Education diplomas this year!  We wish them every success in their next educational, professional, and personal pursuits.  Read more at the links below!

Penbay Pilot Article

Knox County Village Soup Article

Above: Graduates stand for a round of applause having just received their diplomas from Interim Superintendent of Schools, Michael Wilhelm.

Above: Mid-Coast Literacy Volunteers join in the celebration at Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

Above: Graduates Alicia Eagan and Casey Thomas are all smiles after participating in the ceremonies.


Posted by Christy Monroe  on June 12, 2014 | Read more in: News and Events