Education & Training

for Job Seekers

The New Mainers Resource Center supports foreign-trained professionals to restart their careers in the US.

Job Opportunities for New Mainers

Education & Training

Do you need to learn English, explore a new profession, or simply want to hone skills you already have to align with the US job market? If you need help paying for your education, you can find Scholarship & Loan information here, as well.

Maine Nursing Guide

High School Diplomas & Equivalency

Find programs to help you earn your High School Diploma or High School Equivalency certificate.

Maine Physicians Guide for Foreign-Trained Health Professionals

College Degrees & Licensing

Do you have your High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate? Take the next step in your career path to learn a professional skill or earn a degree. Find programs in Maine to help you earn a license or degree.

Maine Physicians Guide for Foreign-Trained Health Professionals

Scholarships & Loans

Do you need help paying for your education or training? Many scholarship and loan programs are available to help finance your career goals.

High School Diplomas and Equivalency

The programs below offer courses to help you earn a High School Diploma or pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

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Portland Adult Education

Portland Adult Education (PAE), the parent of NMRC, offers programs that are designed to prepare Portland and the Greater Portland area residents for a better, more fulfilling life. PAE is a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic courses, for job skills or personal enrichment, for special needs, or just for fun.

Click here for the current Portland Adult Education Course Catalog.

English as a Second Language (ESOL)

PAE currently teaches over 1,800 immigrants and refugees from over 60 countries around the world. Our ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages) helps students improve their English reading, writing, grammar, and life skills. ESOL classes also help students prepare for employment and continuing education.

Portland Adult Education
14 Locust Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 874-8155

PAE also works with employers to help with their staffing needs. Contact PAE directly to learn more.

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LearningWorks reimagines learning through innovative programs that help children, adults, and families realize their potential and build thriving communities.

LearningWorks offers the following programs:

181 Brackett Street
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 775-0105

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USM’s ESOL Program

University of Southern Maine’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program teaches students from around the globe the academic and professional English they need to reach their goals. Small classes and rigorous coursework prepare students to enter undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as exciting careers.

USM’s ESOL program provides excellent higher education instruction in academic English to culturally diverse students. Some take English language courses as prerequisites for future academic courses, while others want to improve their English language skills for work, other University study, or personal satisfaction.

USM’s English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
101 Payson Smith Hall
96 Falmouth Street/P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 780-4365

College Degrees & Licensing

The programs below offer opportunities to earn advanced degrees or become qualified for professional positions.

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Southern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) is Maine’s largest, oldest and most diverse community college with nearly 6,000 students, over 40 degree programs, 2 campuses and 7 satellite locations.

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC)
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: (207) 741-5500

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University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM), a member of the University of Maine System, offers academic excellence that is affordable, meaningful, and responsive to the needs of our students and communities.

Through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, USM faculty members educate future leaders in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service.

University of Southern Maine (USM)
96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 780-5670

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University of New England

Located on the coast of Maine, the University of New England (UNE) is an independent university committed to academic excellence. UNE is Maine’s largest private university — a welcoming community that provides the resources you need to make a positive impact in a world facing many challenges. Find your part in the health professions, the sciences, business, and the liberal arts.

University of New England (UNE)
716 Stevens Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 283-0171

Scholarships & Loans

The following scholarship programs are available to help finance your career goals.

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Friends of Portland Adult Education

Friends of Portland Adult Education (FPAE) helps adult learners strive to become stronger citizens, employees, parents and entrepreneurs.

Friends was formed in 2012 to assist in meeting the unique needs of Portland Adult Education’s students and to bridge the gap between what PAE is funded and the cost of running the largest adult education program in the state.

Friends of Portland Adult Education efforts are currently focused on:

  • Scholarships for course work
  • Student Support Services
  • Credential translation and evaluation
  • Student Field Trips and Teacher Projects
  • Portland Adult Education Initiatives
  • Classroom & Building Upgrades
  • Technology needs
  • Workplace Training
  • Marketing and Communications

Friends of Portland Adult Education
PO Box 3185
Portland, ME 04104
Phone: (207) 874-8155 Ask for an application for FPAE scholarships.

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Finance Authority of Maine

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) works to create quality jobs for Maine people. Learn more about how FAME can help you save for college, learn about financial aid and manage your student loans after you’ve graduated.

FAME works for Maine students and families, adult and returning students, military families and college students. FAME is a valuable resource for K-12 and higher education professionals — anyone who helps students access and pay for higher education.

We work for your future and the future of Maine.

Finance Authority of Maine
P.O. Box 949
5 Community Dr.
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 623-3263

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Scholarships for Maine Immigrants

The mission of Scholarships for Maine Immigrants (SMI) , formerly Portland ESL Scholarship Fund, is to help local immigrants and refugees gain the English language and career skills necessary to achieve their educational and professional goals. Since 2000, SMI has awarded over 400 scholarships and $200,000 to fulfill this mission.

We recognize that for refugees and immigrants, the move to the US, and to Portland in particular, is life-altering on many levels. Their education is interrupted, careers are derailed, and credentials are not recognized. In addition, these newcomers must juggle learning a new language, family responsibilities, earning a living and acculturation, as well as trying to support family members remaining in their home countries.

Our scholarships help cover the cost of attending advanced English and job skills classes so recipients can achieve their educational goals, return to prior careers, or train for new ones.

Scholarships for Maine Immigrants
P.O. Box 281
Portland, ME 04112

“There is no question that the foreign-born population is key to being able to grow Maine’s economy.” 

Dana F. Conners,
President of the Maine Chamber of Commerce