Boosting Readiness for College and Career

CTE Pathways Initiative: Best Practices Grant

The Best Practices Grant supports Maine's Career and Technical Education Centers in the implementation of college-going and career pathway activities. These four-year grant awards require recipients to directly address each of six best practice areas - fostering a career and college culture, pathway mapping, building a strong academic base, teaching non-technical career skills, imparting financial literacy, and providing individual support. These best practice were designed to balance prescriptiveness with flexibility, allowing grant recipients to address each of the six categories, while having flexibility in the way each is implemented. Strong relationships with sending schools, deep partnerships with industry, and parental engagement are all essential overarching strategies of the grant.

Grant Recipients

(Listed by grant cohort)


  • Bath Regional Career and Technical Center (Bath)
  • Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (Biddeford)
  • Foster Career & Technical Education Center (Farmington)
  • Hancock County Technical Center (Ellsworth)
  • Lewiston Regional Technical Center (Lewiston)
  • Mid-Maine Technical Center (Waterville)
  • Northern Penobscot Tech Region III (Lincoln)
  • Portland Arts and Technology High School (Portland)
  • Region 11, Oxford Hills Technical School (South Paris)
  • Region 8, Mid-Coast School of Technology (Rockland)
  • Region 9 School of Applied Technology (Mexico)
  • Region Ten Technical High School (Brunswick)
  • Region Two School of Applied Technology (Houlton)
  • Sanford Regional Technical Center (Sanford)
  • Somerset Career and Technical Center (Skowhegan)
  • St. Croix Regional Technical Center (Calais)
  • Tri-County Technical Center (Dexter)
  • United Technologies Center (Bangor)
  • Waldo County Technical Center (Belfast)
  • Westbrook Regional Vocational Center (Westbrook)