MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of influential organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—that recognize an urgent need to address the education and workforce challenges facing the state of Maine. Our members have joined forces to connect Mainers with services that support them on a path to a fulfilling career. We invite you to join us.
MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of influential organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—that recognize an urgent need to address the education and workforce challenges facing the state of Maine. Our members have joined forces to connect Mainers with services that support them on a path to a fulfilling career. We invite you to join us.

What's the goal and where does Maine stand?

43%

Today

In 2018 only 43% of Mainers hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.

60%

Goal

MaineSpark's goal is to increase that number to 60% by 2025.

Where We Started

40%

Today

43% 

Last Update

08/18

Goal

60%

Our Commitment

MaineSpark is committed to meeting future workforce needs, strengthening our democracy, and giving all Americans — regardless of race, income and other socioeconomic factors — the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides.

Maine Adults 25+ Total Population with Associates Degrees

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

9.83%
White

91,148 out of 926,882 people

11.17%
African American

922 out of 8,256 people

12.98%
Native American

658 out of 5,069 people

11%
Asian

1,348 out of 12,254 people

7.56%
Hispanic/Latino

859 out of 11,366 people

Maine Adults 25+ Total Population with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

30.28%
White

280,657 out of 926,882 people

19.38%
African American

1,600 out of 8,256 people

8.8%
Native American

446 out of 5,069 people

42.13%
Asian

5,163 out of 12,254 people

27.71%
Hispanic/Latino

3,149 out of 11,366 people

How can you help?

Keep doing the good work you’re already doing, and tell us about it!
Strengthen collaborations and partnerships with other MaineSpark agencies and in your local community.
Go to mainespark.me to get involved and stay in touch
Send stories of how your organization is helping Maine get to 60% by 2025 to

connect@mainespark.me

Interested in joining?

Join our efforts by adding your organization’s name to the growing list of supporters working to increase educational attainment in Maine.
Complete the newsletter signup in the footer below to receive monthly newsletters and other communications that will keep you up-to-date on the initiative.

Familiarize yourself and your team with the MaineSpark mission and goal via the MaineSpark fact sheet.

Sign the resolution to demonstrate your organization’s formal support of the MaineSpark goal. Email your completed resolution to connect@mainespark.me. Once your resolution has been processed, you’ll receive information about how to start publicly endorsing the MaineSpark goal—60% of Mainers will have education and workforce credentials of value by 2025—in your own materials and at your events.

Who Makes up the MaineSpark Coalition?

MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of influential organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—that have joined forces to connect Mainers with the services that support them on a path to success. MaineSpark is a 10-year commitment to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive. MaineSpark agencies connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy.

Alfond Scholarship Foundation

Bath Iron Works

Coastal Enterprises Inc.

Educate Maine

Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation

Finance Authority of Maine

Great Schools Partnership

Husson University

John T. Gorman Foundation

Live and Work in Maine

Maine Adult Education

Maine Community College System

Maine Development Foundation

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Municipal Association

Maine’s Pre-K to 12 System Partners

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Maine State Workforce Board

Maine College Access Network

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Municipal Association

MELMAC Education Foundation

New Ventures Maine

Thomas College

University of Maine System

University of New England

Alfond Scholarship Foundation

Educare

Maine Children’s Alliance

Maine Department of Education

Maine Early Learning

Investment Group

Ready Nation/Council for a Strong America

United Way of Greater Portland

Cianbro

College Board

Destination Occupation

Educate Maine

Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation

Finance Authority of Maine

GEAR UP-Maine

Husson University

Island Institute

JMG

Junior Achievement

Maine Community College System

Maine Department of Education

Maine Development Foundation

Maine Education Opportunity Center

Maine Principals’ Association

Maine School Management Association

Maine Staffing Group

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Maine’s Career & Technical Education System

Maine College Access Network

MELMAC Education Foundation

New Ventures Maine

University of Maine System

Educate Maine

Finance Authority of Maine

Goodwill Northern New England

Husson University

John T. Gorman Foundation

Maine Adult Education

Maine Community College System

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Development Foundation

Maine Department of Labor

Maine Educational Opportunity Center

New Ventures Maine

University of Maine System

Boomer Institute

CEI

City of Portland, Office of Economic Opportunity

Destination Occupation

Finance Authority of Maine

John T. Gorman Foundation

Live and Work in Maine

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Development Foundation

Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Municipal Association

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Maine State Library

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University of Maine System