MCCS Rural Initiative
In 2007, MCCS President John Fitzsimmons travelled 2,500 miles across rural Maine to meet with nearly 400 community and business leaders from all 16 counties. The conversations focused on how the state’s community colleges could support efforts to improve Maine’s rural economies.
In January 2008, the MCCS announced a $6.6 million investment in programs aimed at addressing the workforce and educational challenges confronting rural parts of the state. Today, those investments continue to make a significant difference throughout Maine and include:
- Bring College to ME: delivering targeted degree programs on an intermittent basis to under-served areas of the state;
- Scholarships targeted to rural Maine residents, including financial assistance to help cover the costs of child care expenses;
- Expanded distance learning opportunities; and
- Expanded workforce training assistance for small businesses.
Maine’s community colleges offer an increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in green technologies. New programs include wind power technology at NMCC and energy services technology and sustainable agriculture at KVCC. In addition, WCCC offers an associate degree program in adventure recreation and tourism. Many MCCS trade and technical programs include an emphasis on green technologies and sustainability. To learn more about these and other green opportunities available through Maine’s community colleges contact the admissions office at your local community college or the business and industry departments.