Maine is a world-class education destination where every type of life-long learner is welcome.
Maine public and private educational institutions feature a wide variety of programs designed for traditional or nontraditional undergraduate and undergraduate students, apprenticeships and internships for professional development, and career-specific training and re-training for adult workers.
Welcoming international students offers many benefits, some of which are more easily measurable. More than 2,000 international students contribute an estimated $80-$100 million annually to Maine’s economy. Equally if not more important than the economic impact are the longer-term benefits to Maine students and communities such as increased diversity and global perspectives. For example, American students who directly interact with international students are more likely to read or speak a foreign language; appreciate art, music, literature of different cultures; and view current problems in historical context.
MITC’s StudyMaine initiative is a statewide consortium of Maine high schools, colleges, and universities that was created to promote Maine as a top US education destination to potential students, parents, and education agents around the world.
Educational institutions are global, looking to attract the best minds when recruiting talent for R&D and academic partnerships.
The education sector in Maine provides an important foundation for economic growth and development through global academic partnerships, international student attraction, and workforce development efforts in partnership with local businesses.
Economic growth depends on a skilled workforce. Educational institutions are training partners for Maine companies, offering solutions in many sectors including aquaculture, healthcare, and hospitality.
Join the Maine Workforce Development Compact
The Maine Workforce Development Compact is comprised of Maine businesses, associations, nonprofits, and municipalities who are committed to working together to solve Maine’s workforce challenges.
For Compact members, training can occur at one of Maine’s community colleges, by a third-party training vendor, or through your own company-based training department. All Maine companies qualify, and there are additional resources available to small- and mid-sized companies.
Nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, helps Maine businesses and academic institutions diversify with connections and guidance for hosting international seasonal workers, interns, researchers, professors, and scholars
Assists in setting up structured yet flexible training programs designed to meet the specific needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction
Customized workforce development programs and research collaborations to develop new technologies with broad expertise ranging from experiential AI, nanoscience, and coastal sustainability to supply chain management