Wherever you’re starting from,
MaineSpark connects you with programs and services that can help you:
  • get the degree or credential required to land an excellent job

  • make a plan to go back to school and complete your degree

  • discover careers in growing new industries that need you

  • learn which educational options are best for you

  • tap into financial resources to help pay for education

  • find childcare, transportation, health care and other needs

  • start your kids off right for a life of success

  • move to Maine and flourish in your chosen field

MaineSpark’s efforts are grouped into four tracks:
Strong Foundations (for children from birth to 6th grade)
Future Success (for students from 6th grade through post-secondary education)
Adult Promise (for adult learners looking to earn credentials or change careers)
New Opportunities (for professionals looking to move or begin new careers in Maine)
Learn more about each track below:

For children from birth through Sixth Grade

Strong Foundations wants all Maine’s children to begin life with good educational opportunities and plenty of hope. MaineSpark can connect children to their futures through programs like the Harold Alfond College Challenge, which gives every Maine baby a $500 start toward higher education costs, and Educare, a state-of-the-art early learning facility for low-income children in Central Maine.

Where We Are & Where We Need to Be

32%
% of income eligible children enrolled in Head Start

GOAL: 100%

64%
4th Grade Reading Proficiency

GOAL: 70%

51%
4th Grade Math Proficiency

GOAL: 70%

Connect with these powerful resources to take your next step!

Connect with these powerful resources!

New agencies are joining MaineSpark regularly. Check back or subscribe to the Strong Foundations newsletter below, to receive the latest news.

Strong Foundations Funders

Strong Foundations News & Events

December 7, 2018
  • Educate Maine Symposium

    December 7, 2018  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY, 88 SPRING ST., PORTLAND

    The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.

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For students from Sixth Grade through post-secondary education

Future Success prepares Maine’s youth for college, trainings and career options so they are ready to launch successful adult lives. MaineSpark can connect young people to their futures through programs like JMG’s Drop Out Recovery program, which counsels youth back into quality jobs and post-secondary enrollment, and the Island Institute’s Island Fellows Program, which places recent college graduates in professional positions in Maine’s year-round island communities.

Where We Are & Where We Need to Be

35%
8th Grade Math Proficiency

GOAL: 70%

48%
8th Grade Reading Proficiency

GOAL: 70%

35%
11th Grade Math Proficiency

GOAL: 80%

60%
11th Grade Reading Proficiency

GOAL: 80%

87%
High School Graduation Rates

GOAL: 92%

61%
College Enrollment

GOAL: 75%

50%
Students with a CTE experience

CURRENT: approx. 8,000 / GOAL: 16,000

83%
College Persistence*

GOAL: 90% *1st yr student returning to any institution

Connect with these powerful resources to take your next step!

Connect with these powerful resources!

New agencies are joining MaineSpark regularly. Check back or subscribe to the Future Success newsletter below, to receive the latest news.

Future Success Funders

Future Success News & Events

December 7, 2018
  • Educate Maine Symposium

    December 7, 2018  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY, 88 SPRING ST., PORTLAND

    The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.

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December 11, 2018
  • Maine CTE Workforce Development Conference

    December 11, 2018  8:30 am - 1:30 pm
    United Technologies Center-Region 4, 200 Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME 04401, USA

    For employers interested in learning more about how Career Technical Education Centers are part of the workforce solution. FMI: doncannan@aol.com or call: 207.942.5296.

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For adult learners looking to earn credentials or change careers

Adult Promise offers information, support and resources for those looking to start or finish a degree or certificate, change careers or learn a new trade or skill. MaineSpark can connect Mainers to their futures through programs like the Finance Authority of Maine Lifetime Learning Kit, providing tools that adults need to get ready (and pay) for education beyond high school; and through the University of Maine System’s Adult Degree Completion Scholarship.

Where We Are & Where We Need to Be

43%
The number of Maine adults, ages 24-65, completing post-secondary credentials

GOAL: 55%

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53.7%
Number of Adult Promise Statewide Community Navigators

CURRENTLY: 161 / GOAL: 300

Read More

Connect with these powerful resources to take your next step!

Connect with these powerful resources!

Adult Promise Funders

Adult Promise News & Events

December 7, 2018
  • Educate Maine Symposium

    December 7, 2018  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY, 88 SPRING ST., PORTLAND

    The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.

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For professionals looking to move or begin new careers in Maine

New Opportunities is a group of organizations working to attract and retain people with degrees and credentials of value into employment in Maine. Some of the audiences with great potential for working in Maine include: “Baby Boomers” – those born between 1946-1964; new college graduates; people interested in relocating back to their home state of Maine; New Mainers, including immigrants and refugees; and other professionals ready to upgrade their quality of life and quality of career.

Where We Are & Where We Need to Be

Coming Soon!

Connect with these powerful resources to take your next step!

Connect with these powerful resources!

Coming Soon!

New Opportunities Funders

New Opportunities News & Events

December 7, 2018
  • Educate Maine Symposium

    December 7, 2018  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    HOLIDAY INN BY THE BAY, 88 SPRING ST., PORTLAND

    The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.

    See more details

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