PRESS RELEASE: Maine DOE and MCCS Partner to Offer Free College Courses to Adult Education Students
Adults in Maine who wish to pursue a college education have a new option to start their education, with support from their local Maine Adult Education Program. A new partnership between the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and the Maine Department of Education (DOE) will offer free college courses to adult education students in Maine.
Maine’s adult education programs have supported mature students in their college transition and career through the Maine College and Career Access program for nearly two decades. This new opportunity expands on that idea by allowing adult education students to take a college course with the full support of their adult education program mentors so that they can develop the habits, skills and confidence needed to be successful. at University.
“Maine’s adult education programs have helped thousands of Maine adults make a successful transition to college,” said Maine Education Commissioner Pender Makin. “This new partnership with the Maine community college system takes it to the next level by giving students the chance to try a college course with the support they need. We are delighted to see the impact this has on our adult education students. “
Adult education programs will work with mature students to choose a course at the community college that suits their college and career goals, and then support the student throughout the course. The goal is for them to continue their studies after the course is completed.
“This is an opportunity for us to encourage and bond with mature students across Maine,” said Dave Daigler, President of MCCS. “The hope is that students can choose courses that match their individual career goals and that we can help provide that motivation and support to continue once they have completed their adult education program. “
Tuition and fees for the courses are generously provided by the Maine Community College System, while the Adult Education Office of the Maine Department of Education will provide textbooks and course materials to students.
Mature students interested in this program will need to be enrolled in a Maine adult education program to take advantage of the opportunity. Adults (with or without a high school diploma) who would like assistance in achieving their education and career goals can contact their local adult education program for the next steps.