College & Careers

The Maine Department of Education and educators across the state are working toward an educational system that prepares all students for success in college, careers and civic life.

Students seeking to continue their education can take advantage of Maine's many community colleges, public universities and private institutions to prepare for specific careers and pursue their academic passions.

Students looking to enter the workforce can take advantage of a number of state, local and online resources that offer exposure to different career paths and connections to job openings and training opportunities.

Continuing Your Education

  • Maine College Transitions. Maine College Transitions offers an affordable pathway to post-secondary education for adults currently working to earn their high school diplomas. Maine College Transitions, which is offered by 22 adult education programs in 40 communities, provides adults with the extra academic preparation, counseling and mentoring they need to take on the rigor of college courses and earn degrees.
  • University of Maine System. The University of Maine System offers a wealth of baccalaureate, graduate and postgraduate opportunities for students from Maine and beyond at its seven university campuses, numerous satellite locations and through a growing selection of online offerings.
  • Maine Community College System. Maine's fast-growing community colleges offer more than 300 courses of study and training programs that lead to associate's degrees and career certificates. The community college system has seven campuses located throughout Maine and numerous off-campus locations.
  • Maine Maritime Academy. Maine's public college focused on marine-related studies is located in Castine, Maine, and offers three degrees and 17 undergraduate and graduate majors.
  • Private Colleges and Universities. A number of private colleges and universities have degree-granting authority in Maine.
  • Higher Education at the Maine DOE. The Higher Education Office at the Maine DOE oversees the authorization of degree-granting institutions and the approval of teacher education programs in Maine. The office also serves as a liaison between the Department and post-secondary institutions.
  • Early College Opportunities. The Maine DOE is spearheading efforts to better prepare students for careers and keep them engaged in school by allowing them to take college-level courses during high school.

Career Resources

  • WorkReady: A Work Credential Program. WorkReady is a 60-hour training program that equips Maine workers with the workplace skills sought by Maine employers and connects those workers with businesses in need of dependable employees. WorkReady trainees have the chance to participate in mock interviews with real businesses and hear from those businesses about their expectations, hiring processes and job openings.
  • Maine Department of Labor Job Seekers Page. The Maine Department of Labor links job seekers with job listings, tips for job hunting, training opportunities and data that can help you decide on a promising career.
  • Maine CareerCenter. Maine's network of career centers link job seekers and employers, connect job seekers with training opportunities and help Maine residents explore new professions.
  • Maine Apprenticeship Program. The Maine Apprenticeship Program offers on-the-job learning in construction, manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications and other industries.