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Next Step Maine Employers' Initiative

Next Step Maine is a program of the Maine Development Foundation working in collaboration with business, community members, and educational partners across Maine to enhance the educational attainment of Maine's employees.

Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative provides Maine's public and private employers with technical assistance, resources, and training opportunities for providing educational support services to employees, as well as statewide recognition for taking steps to promote educational advancement in the workplace. This initiative works with employers to:
• Raise awareness of the value of increased educational attainment to the individual, organization, and community
• Provide resources for navigating going back to school, completing a degree or credential, and finding the program that best fits the individual and the organization
• Connect stakeholders across the state to share resources, promote educational pathways, and inspire collaborative efforts
• Provide real-time job opportunities data to help stakeholders make informed next steps in their educational paths

Join the statewide initiative to enhance the educational attainment of Maine’s employees. Consider how you are currently supporting your employees to pursue education and career goals, and take just one more step to enhance those efforts. Learn more

Joining is simple and free. Visit to learn more.

As a Next Step Maine Employer, you will benefit from tuition discounts, scholarships for employees, public recognition, and connections to resources—not to mention the most important benefits: increased value and productivity of your workforce, higher retention rates, and employee loyalty.

Resources for Adult LearnersNext Step Maine Logo
Next Step Maine is an online resource site designed to support Maine’s population of non-traditional students and working adults to help them increase their value in the workforce through increased skills and knowledge. We provide information on existing adult-friendly educational programs and related support resources for returning to school (financial information, tips for making decisions, partners and other support providers), representing 16 higher education partners statewide and a large listing of adult-friendly programs. Learn more.

Next Step Maine Radio

This site is a program component of our Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative .

Maine Employers' Initiative thanks our major funders for their support:

University of Maine System logo FAME logo The Betterment Fund
Maine Community Foundation Unum logo


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