Professional development opportunities are offered by a number of organizations, online and in person. A few recommendations are listed below. Contact Human Resources to discuss potential resources for specific individual needs or to arrange for customized department training or facilitated retreats with local, professional, facilitators.
University of Southern Maine (USM) Professional Development Program
Offers in person and online skills development courses. Register through HR, x:3837, to receive a 20% discount for courses taken for work (charged to the department) or for personal interest.
Maine Continuing Adult Education
Offers thousands of classes including business skills training, personal enrichment, and more.
New Ventures Maine
Offers tuition-free programs for career, business, and financial education. On-line and in-person courses in ten locations and sixteen counties.
Online Training Options
Free and Affordable Online Trainings
- University College, U-Maine System
Offers a wide range of highly interactive, affordable, courses that can be taken online. The courses are led by experienced instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors.
- Khan Academy
Offers free, personalized learning resource for all ages. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Subjects such as: math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The Academy partners with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
- American Management Association (AMA)
Offers free webinar series on the newest management thinkings and concepts from world-renowned leaders.
Offers hundreds of courses from the world’s best universities and instructors. Courses are open to anyone and you can explore lectures and non-graded material for free. For a cost complete course experiences include graded assignments and certificates. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Resources for Starting or Completing a Degree
Are you looking to start or finish a credential or degree, change careers, or learn a new trade or skill? If so, the MaineSpark Navigator Network can help. We're here to support you on your path to education and job success.
Maine Community Foundation - Scholarships for Adult Leaners
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) - "We help make higher education more accessible and affordable". FAME works to create quality jobs for Maine people.
Undergraduate/ Graduate School Loan Resources
Opportunity Maine Tax Credit
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
Income Driven Re-payment Plan
- Information on Federal school loans repayment
Veterans Upward Bound
- Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free-of-charge program that helps veterans, who have not completed a bachelor's degree, prepare for enrollment at the college of their choice.