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%

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

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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

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

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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

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Connect with these powerful resources to take your next step!

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  • NEWS: Changing the Future for Families Downeast

    Going to college is hard work. When you throw two kids and a full-time job into the mix, it’s even harder! Between cooking, cleaning, working, driving kids to soccer practice and helping them with homework, it’s hard for moms to find time to go back to......

  • NEWS: Axiom Education & Training Center’s National Digital Equity Center

    Axiom Education & Training Center’s National Digital Equity Center has received a $699,503 AmeriCorps grant from the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) to support 16 AmeriCorps members who will provide digital literacy training.  Read more…...

  • EVENTS: In Person FAFSA help sessions starting in October

    Representatives from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will be on hand in various locations throughout Maine to provide in-person assistance to those who have questions about or need help with filling out this year’s FAFSA.  Find out when they’re in your area....

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For professionals looking to move or begin new careers in Maine

New Opportunities supports graduates of Maine colleges and other programs who would like to stay and build their careers here, and professionals looking to begin a new chapter of life in Maine. MaineSpark can connect new and potential residents with the resources they need to thrive through programs like Live + Work in Maine’s interactive job board, and the Opportunity Maine Tax Credit student loan reimbursement for college graduates.

Where We Are & Where We Need to Be

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