Skip to main content
The page you are viewing is from RSU #13 Adult and Community Education and has been specially formatted for printing
Maine Adult Education Association

RSU #13 Adult and Community Education

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

News & Events

Adult & Community Education is OPEN this SUMMER!

We are very excited to announce that our RSU13 Adult Education Learning Center will be open on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00am-7:00pm starting June 17th and continuing through August 1st. Please join us at the McLain School, 28 Lincoln Street, Rockland. See you on the 3rd floor!

English Language Learning class will continue through August 1st on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Our summer Adult Ed Main Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10am-5pm. Callie and Christy can be found in the offices on the 2nd floor—stop in and say hello!

Our staff wishes everyone a glorious and relaxing summer.  If you’d like to continue your work towards your HiSET, High School Diploma, College Prep, or English Language Learning—we’ll be right here to support your educational goals!


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on May 22, 2019

Young Artist Makes Waves in Rockland

Laura Boutin (Class of ’19 Oceanside High School) typically paints on a smaller scale, but decided that stretching her own large canvas and working on a larger scale would present a more experimental way of painting for her. It paid off when a family visiting the area fell in love with the scale and beauty of her painting that was displayed at Rock City Café this winter. The family recently purchased her work to display at their home in Massachusetts.

Boutin’s painting installed at the patrons residence in Massachusetts.

In 2017, Boutin enrolled in the Arts @Work Studio Art and Mentorship Program, a program offered by RSU13 Adult and Community Education. Since its launch 2 years ago, Program Leader, Alexis Iammarino, has worked closely with Oceanside Faculty to promote this out-of-school studio arts opportunity. Arts @Work has actively partnered with host site Center for Maine Contemporary Art's ArtLab, the Flanagan Community Center, and Rock City Café.

This yearlong program introduces local high school students to professional practice in the arts. Designed specifically for high schoolers, it aims to deepen artistic learning, enhance student portfolios, and introduce the skills and practices of community art, studio arts, and arts administration. Students develop an independent project that is at the core of their studio work and local mentors are matched based on project goals and interests.

Boutin incorporated lots of texture by using a series of palette knives and her hands to manipulate the paint gesturally and expressively to resemble crashing waves. 

“I’ve been so impressed with the scope of the work and commitment that young artists are bringing to their independent work. It’s important to credit Laura with this success––she is a strong example of a student who fully appreciated and leveraged the resources made available through these rich partnerships and this continued mentorship.”

Boutin plans on investing her proceeds from her sale into her continued education. “I’m definitely inspired to keep selling my artwork…knowing that this is something that came from me and my creativity.” she says. Laura is currently at work on an elegant and even larger abstract forest landscape in this series, sure to be another bold mark of her accomplishments.

Arts@Work is an offering of RSU13 Adult & Community Education with support from the ANONIMO Foundation and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and is instructed by Mentor Artist, Alexis Iammarino. For more information

Local young artist, Laura Boutin, with her oil painting created to look like an abstract body of water.


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on May 15, 2019

Maine Driving Dynamics Course

Maine Driving Dynamics, a State of Maine sponsored 5 hours defensive driving course, will be offered in partnership with RSU 13 Adult Education on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30am-2pm at the McLain Building in Rockland.  Those who successfully complete the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record and students 55 and older can receive an insurance discount from their insurer. 

Taught by a certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor in a format that engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation, this course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways.

The cost is $40.00 per participant, which includes a $5.00 registration fee. All course materials are provided.  Students over the age of 65 pay $25.00.  Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up contact us at 594-9764 or register online at


Posted by Callie Saulniers  on February 26, 2019

Adult Education Newsletter January 2019



Posted by Callie Saulniers  on January 28, 2019

After-School Art Programs in Full Swing

Caption: Kayla Betts (left), Eliza Fournier (center) and Liam Burlingham practice mural design and technique at Flanagan Community Building in Rockland. Oceanside Middle schoolers in Arts with Heart will be creating murals for several sites in the community.


Several Arts in Action workshops are now under way at RSU 13 schools. The after-school arts programs are offered by RSU 13 Adult and Community Education to create opportunities for youth to share their talents. 

Arts with Heart, a program for students in grades 6 through 8, teaches mural design and painting techniques. Mural project partners include the Rockland Transfer Station and The Landing Place. The year-long program focuses on collaborative mural work and creating one-of-a-kind beautification pieces while creating opportunities to combine fine arts education with community arts projects. Arts with Heart is hosted by the Flanagan Community Building/YMCA.

Arts @ Work, a year-long mentorship program for students in grades 9 through 12, aims to deepen artistic learning, enhance student portfolios, and introduce students to community studio arts and arts administration. The mentorship program is hosted by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s ArtLab. 

Art Club, a program for students in grades 4 and 5, encourages students to use a variety of art topics to create their own projects. Each week, new techniques and lessons on using new materials are introduced. 

Instructor Alexis Iammarino leads the Arts with Heart and Arts @ Work programs; Art Club is hosted by Thomaston Grammar School and led by Cynthia McGuirl.

For more information or to register for the Arts in Action workshops, call 594-9764 or go to



Posted by Callie Saulniers  on January 7, 2019

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