Education & Training

The Sanford Region offers a full spectrum of education programs to meet the needs of the business community. Maine has a strong tradition of investing in its work force of the future. From the excellence of its secondary public schools to its focused and highly successful community college system to its award-winning public universities and its world-renowned private colleges, Maine stands tall when it comes to education. In addition Maine offers several workforce training programs to supplement its newly minted graduates. These initiatives have become valuable elements for several business in their decision to establish operations in the Sanford Region.

Maine Colleges & Universities  more...

  • University of Maine System
    • Comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education
    • Flagship University of Maine at Orono
    • Nearby USM in Portland serves 10,000 students
    • Five Regional Universities
  • "Top rated" Private colleges : Bowdoin, Colby, Bates
  • Highly regarded University of New England 35 minutes from Sanford

Sanford Regional Technical Center  more...

  • Part of Maine’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) system
  • Hands-on, career-oriented education in a variety of programs
  • Oriented towards uniform national standards
  • Prepare students for academic success and qualified career placement.
  • Multiple programs, developed to meet changing work-scape.


Maine Community Colleges  more...

  • Affordable and accessible college education,
  • Programs to build skilled workforce where they’re needed most
  • Platform for corporate and continuing education
  • Provider for Maine Quality Center Program
  • Customized Training and Professional Development Courses
  • New YCCC is the system's newest college and is one of the most high-tech learning environments in the region.

Sanford Region Public Secondary Schools  more...

  • Safe learning environments
  • High priority community investment in School Systems
  • Vibrant student communities
  • Meet or exceed all State Standards
  • Rigorous multi-track curricula
  • Highly rated by variety of national benchmarks


Targeted Workforce Training—Maine Quality Programs  more...

  • Tailored workforce training at NO COST to businesses creating new jobs in Maine
  • Designed to provide qualified workers with skills the business needs
  • Delivered through Maine's community colleges
  • Collaborative process, flexible curriculum high lysatisfied clients.

Custom Employee Training-Governor’s Training Initiative (Not Currently Funded)  more...

Highly flexible program for eligible employers that:
  • Pay wages over 85% of the avg. occupation wage in area
  • Contribute > 50% for employee health insurance. Small (<25 emp.) and new (< 3 yrs.) companies are exempt
  • Provides reimbursement for training expanding workforce and/or the retraining current workers for new technologies.