Technical Assistance Project
The second opportunity that was funded with the supplemental Recovery Act grant monies was the Technical Assistance Project. The ConnectME Authority, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education (DOE) Adult and Community Education Program, is providing Maine citizens across the state the technical assistance and training necessary to fully utilize the broadband capacity now available or being planned and deployed.
The Maine Department of Education, with the cooperation of the state’s 107 community-based adult education programs, is uniquely qualified to assume this role. Adult education serves every corner of the state with educators skilled in working with adult learners, attuned to the special needs and learning styles of its customers. The Broadband Technical Assistance Project, known as the Community Connection, is increasing outreach to adults to bolster their confidencein using Maine’s growing digital infrastructure to achieve educational, social and economic benefits.
The Technical Assistance Project is also expanding the Maine Adult Regional Technology Initiative (MARTI) professional development to adult educators and programs across the state. A new MARIT certificate will be awarded to adult educators and an admistrator who complete the two-semester training on how to better integrate technology in teaching and learning.
The project also offers the same intensive training being offered to Literacy Volunteer tutors and staff in the 14 programs providing that important service throughout Maine. The training provided by the MEDOE will create a core of 400 trained teachers that can spread positive learning experiences and sustain training efforts in each program.