MCCS Initiatives

Bring College to ME

Bring College to ME enables Maine’s community colleges to offer degree or certificate programs on an intermittent basis to areas of the state underserved by higher education.

Programs offered to date have included:

  • Nursing
  • Medical assisting
  • Medical office technology
  • Health information technology
  • Paramedicine
  • Emergency medical services
  • Early childhood education
  • Business administration/management (certificate)
  • Welding/metal fabrication
  • Behavioral health studies

Student Success Initiative

This five-year pilot, begun in 2015, is intended to help students who are underprepared for college receive the necessary remediation to be successful in college. All seven community colleges are participating in the initiative and offering targeted services to students in an effort to improve retention and graduation rates.

College Works for ME

College Works for ME is a five-year pilot program that expands campus employment opportunities for MCCS students. The program is focused on strengthening retention and completion by fostering greater engagement in campus life; providing students with access to campus “employers” who can serve as mentors and guides; allowing students to construct their work schedule around their class schedule; and offering the opportunity to gain valuable work experience tied to a student’s program of study.


Maine’s community colleges offer an increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in green technologies. Programs include wind power technology at NMCC and energy services technology and sustainable agriculture at KVCC. In addition, both EMCC and WCCC offer programs 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 opportunities at Maine’s community colleges, contact the admissions office or business and industry divisions at your local community college.

For information on other MCCS programs and initiatives: