Maine Community College System, Maine DOE offering tuition-free college courses to adult education students in Maine

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – A new partnership between the Maine Community College System and the Maine Department of Education is helping adults who wish to pursue a college education by offering tuition-free college courses to adult education students in Maine.

Adult education programs will work with mature students to choose a course at a community college that suits their college and career goals, and then provide support to the student as they complete the course.

Tuition for the courses is provided by the Maine Community College System, while the Maine DOE Office of Adult Education will provide textbooks and course materials.

“This is such a big step for someone who really thinks, ‘I think I might want to try college, but I don’t really know what that looks like at the moment.’ And now they have the opportunity to get the support, to try it, to make sure it’s right for them, and to be successful in the long run, ”said Amy Poland, Professional Development Coordinator, Maine DOE.

“They’re going to learn the skills, they’re going to learn the habits, they’re going to learn how to pass a college course. And then, they will be all the more successful when it is students who move towards the goal they have set for themselves, ”said Dir. College Access, Mercedes For Maine Community College System.

Mature students interested in this program will need to be enrolled in a Maine adult education program.

For more information, contact the adult education department in your local school district.

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