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:
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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January 7, 2019
  • 2019 MEEOA (Maine Educational Opportunity Association) Conference

    January 7, 2019 - January 8, 2019  
    Black Bear Inn and Conference Center, 4 Godfrey Dr, Orono, ME 04473, USA

    (Open to members only) MEEOA is an association of professionals working within educational opportunity programs, primarily TRIO and Gear Up programs. TRIO programs were initially established in 1965 through the Higher Education Act to help low-income & first generation college bound students enter and find success in higher education and to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to college, TRIO & Gear Up programs help students overcome class, social & cultural barriers to higher education.

    MEEOA works on behalf of students who, because of socioeconomic status, disability, and/or restricted cultural/educational experiences, find themselves facing significant obstacles to obtaining a college education.

    MEEOA’s primary activities involve:

    Responding to issues affecting the educational resources and environment of low-income and first-generation college students

    Promoting research, conferences, and professional development activities for personnel of educational opportunity programs;

    Increasing the awareness of legislators, agencies, and community leaders about educational barriers and financial needs of low-income, first-generation, & disabled students through advocacy and public relation

    Coordinating efforts among other organizations and people with similar concerns.

    See more details

January 8, 2019
  • 2019 MEEOA (Maine Educational Opportunity Association) Conference

    January 7, 2019 - January 8, 2019  
    Black Bear Inn and Conference Center, 4 Godfrey Dr, Orono, ME 04473, USA

    (Open to members only) MEEOA is an association of professionals working within educational opportunity programs, primarily TRIO and Gear Up programs. TRIO programs were initially established in 1965 through the Higher Education Act to help low-income & first generation college bound students enter and find success in higher education and to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to college, TRIO & Gear Up programs help students overcome class, social & cultural barriers to higher education.

    MEEOA works on behalf of students who, because of socioeconomic status, disability, and/or restricted cultural/educational experiences, find themselves facing significant obstacles to obtaining a college education.

    MEEOA’s primary activities involve:

    Responding to issues affecting the educational resources and environment of low-income and first-generation college students

    Promoting research, conferences, and professional development activities for personnel of educational opportunity programs;

    Increasing the awareness of legislators, agencies, and community leaders about educational barriers and financial needs of low-income, first-generation, & disabled students through advocacy and public relation

    Coordinating efforts among other organizations and people with similar concerns.

    See more details

January 15, 2019
  • Maine Adult Promise Team heads to New Orleans

    January 15, 2019 - January 17, 2019  

    Members of the Maine Adult Promise team are heading to New Orleans to meet with 22 other states also working on adult degree attainment initiatives. The team will present their approach to work in Maine for states still thinking about how best to do the work in their own states. The event is hosted by Lumina Foundation, a major funder of Maine's initiative.

    See more details

January 16, 2019
  • Maine Adult Promise Team heads to New Orleans

    January 15, 2019 - January 17, 2019  

    Members of the Maine Adult Promise team are heading to New Orleans to meet with 22 other states also working on adult degree attainment initiatives. The team will present their approach to work in Maine for states still thinking about how best to do the work in their own states. The event is hosted by Lumina Foundation, a major funder of Maine's initiative.

    See more details

January 17, 2019
  • Maine Adult Promise Team heads to New Orleans

    January 15, 2019 - January 17, 2019  

    Members of the Maine Adult Promise team are heading to New Orleans to meet with 22 other states also working on adult degree attainment initiatives. The team will present their approach to work in Maine for states still thinking about how best to do the work in their own states. The event is hosted by Lumina Foundation, a major funder of Maine's initiative.

    See more details

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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!

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Coming Soon!

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