Center for Career Development
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.
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.
Learn more about:
- 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.
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 http://ccd.me.edu/careerprep/.
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