Maine's community colleges offer nearly 300 one- and two-year program options. We work hard to keep our academic program list current, but changes do occur. Once you have identified a program that interests you, we encourage you to check with the individual college for program updates.
Additional programs of study (in both French and English) are available through a unique partnership with New Brunswick's community college network. To learn more...
More information about program options at our seven colleges is provided below and on our program list.
Overview of MCCS Programs
The Associate in Arts degree is a two-year general studies program that gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of academic and career options. You can take foundation courses in the arts and sciences, earning credits toward a two- or four-year degree. Credits are designed for easy transfer to Maine's Universities. And the unique mix of academic and career programs offered at Maine's Community Colleges let you "test the waters" in many different fields. Check with your community college about majors in the Associate in Arts.
The Community Colleges offer over 30 programs of study in allied-health and nursing, including EMS/paramedic, health information technology, dietary technician, occupational therapy assistant, medical assisting, radiologic technology, and surgical technology. Students work directly with health-care professionals in hospitals and other clinical settings, while receiving training in the latest technologies at the colleges' modern laboratories. Programs are accredited by top professional organizations and licensing boards. Graduate placement for many allied healthcare programs is 100%. See the MCCS Allied Health information sheet.(PDF)
Our Automotive and Mechanical programs prepare students for immediate employment in high-skilled automotive and equipment jobs all over Maine. Course work includes a mix of computer-based training and practical applications. With a mix of certificate and degree options, students can get certified for jobs as technicians and operators - or assume a wide variety of management and supervisory positions.
With over 20 business programs, Maine's Community Colleges offer a rich mix of career options. Our professional programs, such as accounting, business administration and small business management, are a great foundation for four-year degrees - with many transfer agreements in place in Maine and beyond. Other MCCS business programs prepare you for immediate employment in a variety of office settings.
For individuals interested in working with computer technology, our programs offer a range of two-year options designed to prepare you for careers in digital media, communications, Website production, animation and gaming, computer-aided drafting, graphic arts, printing and video production.
To succeed in building trades today, you need more than hands-on experience. You need to know how to read a blueprint, estimate costs, understand building codes and build for energy efficiency. Our Construction programs will train you in the latest residential and light commercial construction technologies and prepare you for a job as a carpenter, contractor, estimator or supervisor.
Our Early Childhood Education and Education programs qualify students to work as skilled, entry-level early childhood educators or educational support providers in a variety of settings, including day care centers, pre-school classrooms, and programs for children with special needs. You'll get a combination of educational theory and practical classroom experience. Options are available to prepare you for immediate employment in these high-demand fields, or to transfer to a baccalaureate program.
Graduates of our Electrical and Electronics programs are in demand as technicians and engineers in fields that include power generation, computing, aerospace, instrumentation and manufacturing. We offer nearly 20 programs, many of them unique in Maine, including the only wind power technology program in the Northeast. Many of these programs are transferable to four-year engineering degree programs at other Maine colleges and universities.
Maine's community colleges have engineering programs targeted to architectural, civil, electrical, and mechanical applications. Our graduates are employed as CAD operators, soil technicians, land surveying technicians, project managers,and electrical engineering technicians.
Maine's Community Colleges set the educational standard for many professional trades in Maine. With hands-on training in the latest systems and specifications, students graduate with the skills to qualify for professional licensing and certification - including many State of Maine Journeyman's exams. In addition to careers in the field, many plumbing, refrigeration, and HAC technicians are needed to supply the sales, application, laboratory, cost, and service ends of their industries. One-year diploma and two-year degree options are available in most programs.
Maine’s community colleges offer high quality, hands-on programs that prepare individuals for careers in Maine’s hospitality and tourism industry—in culinary arts, lodging and restaurant management, adventure recreation, and many other areas. In addition, courses in business management and entrepreneurship help Maine people establish their own ventures within the industry. See the MCCS Hospitality and Tourism information sheet.
SMCC's seaside campuses provided excellent facilities for marine sciences. The Sustainable Agriculture program provides students with both the technical and small business skills needed to manage or develop a small farm or agricultural business. The Horticulture program prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of horticultural occupations.
Maine's community colleges offer high quality programs and specialized training for the state’s established—and emerging—manufacturing sectors. With an emphasis on math and computer skills, our manufacturing programs provide you with the skills needed for success in this rapidly changing and increasingly high-tech industry. Our Pulp & Paper Technology program enables individuals to develop the skills needed for well-paying production and supervisory positions at Maine's paper companies. See the MCCS Manufacturing information sheet. (PDF)
Our criminal justice and fire science programs prepare students for rewarding careers in public service throughout the state. Students get hands-on experience and instruction from professionals in the field and can participate in internship opportunities. Our law enforcement and fire science graduates are in high demand in both the public and private sector.
Prospective applicants who have experience in the work world may be able to receive college credit for their workplace experience. Through the Trade & Technical Occupations degree program, individuals participating in an approved apprenticeship program may be able to compete both their apprenticeship training program and academic degree requirements at the same time. Other individuals with work experience may be able to apply that experience to the degree requirements of the Career Studies program or some other occupational program. Applicants interested in either of these options should talk with an admissions counselor about the process for determining their eligibility and evaluating the relevance of their work experience to their prospective program of study.