Maine's mission is to provide leadership, focus, support and information to assist Maine school systems and the greater community in achieving high performance for all students and in preparing all Maine students for college, career and citizenship. Continuing into postsecondary education, the basic mission of the Maine Community College System is to provide associate degree, diploma and certificate programs directed at the educational, occupational and technical needs of the State's citizens and the workforce needs of the state's employers. The primary goals of the Maine Community College System are to create an educated, skilled and adaptable labor force which is responsive to the changing needs of the economy of the State and to promote local, regional and statewide economic development.

"Education Evolving: Maine's Plan for Putting Learners First" is a strategic plan that sets out objectives and action steps for building an education system in Maine that meets the needs of all learners, from early childhood into adulthood, and prepares them for college, careers, and civic life. The plan is shaped around five core priority areas that address the various elements of building an education system focused on the needs of all learners:

  • Effective, Learner-Centered Instruction
  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Multiple Pathways for Learner Achievement
  • Comprehensive School and Community Supports
  • Coordinated and Effective State Support

Following the principles outlined above, Maine will fulfill its vision of its people being among the best educated in the world, enhancing the quality of life and economic prosperity of Maine through excellence in education.


CTE Delivery: 
CTE is offered through the following institutions: 
  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Area CTE centers
  • Magnet school
  • Community colleges
Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-162016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsYesYes
Academic Skills - MathematicsNoNo
Technical Skill AttainmentYesNo
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2015-162016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeYesYes
Student Retention or TransferYesYes
Student PlacementYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesNo
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$5,804,502$6,148,797
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary50%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary50%
Career Clusters: 

Maine utilizes its own "Career Clusters framework," which includes the following:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources 
  • Architecture, Construction, and Manufacturing 
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications 
  • Business, Management, and Administration, Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Service 
  • Health and Human Services 
  • Education and Public Service 
  • Public Safety and Security 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Information Technology 
  • Transportation 
  • Hospitality and Tourism
Programs of Study: 

Maine approves CTE programs of study (POS) in the following Career Clusters:

  • Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster
  • Business Management & Administration Career Cluster
  • Education & Training Career Cluster
  • Finance Career Cluster
  • Health Science Career Cluster
  • Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
  • Information Technology Career Cluster
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
  • Manufacturing Career Cluster
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster


Perkins Eligible Agency: 

Maine Department of Education

State Director: 

Dwight A. Littlefield
Director Career Technical Education
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Excellence in Action Award Winners: 
Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

Maine offers dual enrollment, concurrent/transcripted credit, statewide articulation, and state law (in progress) to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary. It has also begun implementing a statewide pilot program for credit transfer.

Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.