Maine Community College System

Center for Career Development


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The Center for Career Development is part of the Maine Community College System. The Center was established in 1993 to create and direct a statewide program to support students in making the successful move from high school into higher education and careers. The successor to that program, also operating statewide, is Early College for ME.

The Center Over time, the Center's mandate has expanded. It now coordinates the George J. Mitchell Peace Exchange and encompasses a wider range of workforce and economic development activities, including Maine Quality Centers. Further, the Center supports the MCCS's institutional research efforts by collecting, analyzing and reporting on MCCS data.

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  • Early College for ME is a college transition program for students who are undecided about college, yet who can succeed in college. Students are selected for the program by their high school during their junior year. Early College for ME staff test for college-readiness and help students with the applications for college and federal financial aid. Support continues at their Maine community college for students who receive a scholarship. Offered in 74 high schools statewide, ECforME aims to be available to all publicly funded high schools in Maine.

  • MQC Maine Quality Centers offers customized education and training for new or expanding businesses—at no cost to the business or the trainees.

  • The George J. Mitchell Peace Exchange with Ireland was established in tribute to The Honorable George J. Mitchell, in recognition of his efforts to facilitate a peace accord in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to create opportunities for the exchange of college students between Ireland and the State of Maine. Each year, the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and the University of Maine System (UMS) award one full-year scholarship or two one-semester scholarships to their partner institutions in Cork, Ireland. MCCS students attend the Cork Institute of Technology. UMS students attend University College Cork. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, books, room and board, and living-expense and travel stipends. For full information, go to

  • On Course for College offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college courses at a Maine community college at little or no cost.

  • Career Preparation Curriculum
    Center staff conducted a series of Career Preparation Train-the-Trainer Workshops around the state for secondary educators and guidance counselors. The accompanying Teacher's Guide and Student Handouts are available for free download at


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Aug. 21, 2012