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About Our Program

The Maine Community College System introduced its Early College pilot program in 2003, in partnership with 25 Maine high schools. The intent of the program was to create a stronger bridge from high school to community college for students who have the potential to succeed in higher education yet have not made plans to enroll in college.

The program design has three key elements:

  • 1. Financial support through scholarships;
  • 2. Early exposure to college through early
        college courses; and
  • 3. Support through the admissions and financial aid
        process and during college.

The results of the pilot program showed this comprehensive design to be highly effective in motivating and engaging students to pursue and be successful in college. To view our Progress Report, please click here.

Thanks to a private gift and state funding, Early College for ME has expanded to 74 schools statewide. We aim to be available to all publicly funded high schools in Maine.

To learn more, check out the links below:

This is such a great opportunity for students. I can’t thank you enough that my child was chosen.

:: Parent 


[My Regional Director] made me strive for excellence in all aspects of my education. She offered support where it was needed, and she really encouraged me to do my best.

:: Student   


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