Maine Families

Education Services & Job Training

Aspire/Parents as Scholars/TANF Program (FedCap): 271-4810
Aspire provides financial help to a parent in finding employment; job training & job preparation. Parents As Scholars provides a monthly payment to help a parent attending a 2-year or 4-year college program. (Payments based on TANF eligibility).
FedCap is located in the Federal building next to the Machias Post Office
89 Court Street, Machias
Open Mon – Fri, 8a – 5p
PLEASE NOTE: The ASPIRE & TANF programs have been outsourced from DHHS to FedCap.  If you have difficulties getting benefits during this transition contact Maine Equal Justice Partners, Karen Wyman for assistance at 1-866-626-7059, ext. 205 or kwyman@mejp.org (link sends e-mail).

Axiom Education and Training Center: 255-4917
(see Washington County Adult Education below)

Career Center: Calais 454-7551 / Machias 255-1900
Assistance in job training; Preparation and finding a job

College Transitions Support (through Wash. County Adult Ed): 255-4917
Free support for people who may be thinking of taking college courses but are not sure what career path is right for them, or not sure how to apply for school, fill out financial aid forms, or take college entrance exams. Help is available in taking the Accuplacer test and free tutoring offered if the Accuplacer test results are low.
Free tutoring is also available for students already enrolled in college but who may need extra help to keep up with their classes. Support staff can travel to meet with folks anywhere in the county.  Call for more information.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – ME Dept. of Labor: 255-1900
Assistance for people with disabilities — for job training, educational expenses, special equipment needed to start or keep a job, and help finding a job.

Family Futures Downeast (FFD): 255-0983
A brand new program that is designed for parents of young children to attend college, earning 16 credit hours and a Certificate in Family Studies. The certificate covers core courses that participants can use to continue their education toward degrees or certifications in a number of fields or professions. FFD students can choose to take classes in Machias or Calais.  In Machias, students will attend classes on the UMM Campus and in Calais at the Washington County Community College campus.

Financial assistance, childcare, transportation, dinner meals and snacks, school supplies and mentoring throughout the year-long course of study are provided to help students succeed.  Courses are scheduled for two evenings per week. GED or high school diploma is required and a parent must have a child under 8 years old to participate in the program.  Contact: scec@sunrisecounty.org   Also on Facebook at Family Futures Downeast

FastWeb and FinAid!
Online student guides for financial aid for college

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME): 1-800-228-3734
Resource information for paying for college

Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC): 1-800-281-3703
Assistance completing college admission and financial aid forms; Career counseling; Workshops

Narraguagus Adult Education: 483-2746
Free courses for students to finish earning their high school diploma

Passages Program: 255-1468
Teen parents earn an accredited high school diploma from home while caring for their child.  Passages is a free program offered in Washington County for pregnant or parenting youth ages 14-20 years old.  Classes take place in your home, over the phone or internet.  Students study a combination of academic, parenting and life skills. Lessons plans are designed around the student’s needs and interests.
Email: fernh@wayfinderschools.org or annb@wayfinderschools.org

Sunrise Scholarship Fund: 255-0983
Provides scholarships up to $500 for low-income Washington County residents attending a training or certificate program

TRiO Student Support Services (on the WCC Campus, Calais): 454-1000 or 1-800-210-6932
A program designed to support students through their college experience, to help ensure they stay in school and achieve their degree. To be eligible for the TRIO program a student must be income eligible, have a documented disability, or be first generation in their family to attend college.  TRiO program services include: tutoring; academic advising; career counseling; financial literacy education; advice about transferring to a four-year college; cultural trips; college visits; seminars and workshops.

Washington County Adult and Community Education: 255-4917
Classes available to earn credits toward a high school diploma or preparing for college entrance exams.  Also available: GED test center, ESL, Literacy education, Computer/Digital literacy.

Washington County Community College: 454-1000
Training and certificate programs

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