Maine Families

Education & Job Training

ASPIRE/Parents as Scholars (FedCap): 1-844-653-0316
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 are based on TANF eligibility).
Fedcap Machias: 271-4810 / 1-844-585-2505
89 Court Street (located in the Federal building next to the Machias Post Office)
Open Mon – Fri, 8a – 5p
Fedcap Calais: 1-877-369-0935
10 Barker Street (located in the same building as CHCS and Logit Call Center)
Open Mon – Fri, 8a – 5p
Note to Families & Childcare Providers paid by ASPIRE: ASPIRE benefits are submitted through Fedcap case workers. To follow up on an ASPIRE payment that has not been received, contact the ASPIRE Support Services team at 624-5200 or email them at

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

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA): This is a paid opportunity to earn a CCMA through a collaboration of Harrington Family Health and the Maine Career Center in Machias.  They are offering a work study program leading to a certification as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). This is a 4 month online course program that you can complete at your own pace while simultaneously working 20 hour a week at the Harrington Family Health Center to complete the work experience portion of the course.  The work experience hours will be paid time, earning course participants $10 an hour.  The cost of the online course and related expenses will be covered by the Career Center. Contact Dodie Emerson at the Career Center, 255-1900 or Email her at:

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.

Community Resource Advocates (Downeast Community Partners): 598-5648
Support for people who need help tackling an issue (filling out paperwork for school, applying for a job, needing a driver’s license, any kind of life issue). The Resource Advocate can come to your home and help you figure out a plan, fill out paperwork, or find resources that may be available to you. Free service, no age or income restrictions

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (at the Career Center): 255-1920
Program Specialists are there to counsel veterans in all aspects of job search and career development

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

Eastern Maine Development Corp. – Education Assistance: 
Offering financial assistance to low-income families who are pursuing education. They can help with mileage, childcare, books, even laptops. Also if families have any experience within the last 2 years of doing migrant farm work, there are additional resources that may be available. For for information contact Amanda Smith at 255-0983, or email her at

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. HiSET or high school diploma is required and a parent must have a child under 8 years old to participate in the program.  Contact:   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

Migrant Education Program: 546-3006
Program for migrant children up to 22 yrs old, to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma or equivalent. Tutoring, homework help, transportation to activities, after-school programs, and more

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

National Farmworker Jobs Program: 951-0840
If you or a family member worked on a farm (blueberries, livestock, vegetables, aquaculture, etc.) within the last 2 years, you may be eligible for training assistance for various career paths in areas such as healthcare, commercial driving, and more.  Contact Chris Huh at to find out if you qualify for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).

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: or

Sunrise Scholarship Fund: 255-0983
Provides scholarships up to $500 for low-income Washington County residents attending a training or certificate program that will increase their opportunities for immediate employment or job advancement.

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.

WANTO – Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations: 598-5781
A new program for women who are interested in working in a field that is not traditional for women (IT Specialist, Machinist, Plumber, Carpenter, Auto Mechanic, etc..) this program helps you earn the credentials you need for free, then matches you with a mentor in your selected field to help you develop your goal and/or skills. Then the program will set you up with a paid apprenticeship in your new field. Note: Sign up before 9/30/18 as this program is only offered for a limited time!

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: HiSET test center, ESL, Literacy education, Computer/Digital literacy.

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

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