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Education in Franklin County, Maine

K-12 Education

Public Schools

The public schools of Franklin County are a big part of the reason that Maine’s education system is ranked among the top 10 in the country. The State of Maine, through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative introduced by former Governor Angus King in 1999, became the first state in the country to provide every seventh and eighth grader with a laptop computer. Other states have followed our bold lead on this initiative. The program has now been expanded to include students in grades 7 through 12. Please use the links below to find out more about the high schools in Franklin County.

Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA)

Carrabassett Valley Academy is located in Kingfield, just south of Sugarloaf. The private academy has an enrollment of 100 students in grades 8 through 12 and provides a balance of training in skiing or snowboarding, college prep academics and responsible living. The majority of students continue their skill training after graduation, many joining the U.S. Ski Team. Others join college teams or work in the ski industry. CVA has graduated 11 Olympic medal winners — Bode Miller, Kirsten Clark, and Seth Wescott are all CVA graduates.

Foster Technology Center

As a member of Maine’s Network of Career & Technical Education (CTE) schools, the Foster Technology Center’s students are fully prepared with the skills needed to perform in their chosen job fields. Interested employers know these CTE students are equipped with the proficiency and skillfulness needed to be competitive in today’s job market.

The programs offered at Foster Tech include agriculture, alternative energy, biotechnology, building construction, business education, composite manufacturing, culinary arts, forestry, plumbing & heating, and welding, as well as many others.

Foster Tech students have access to the most cutting-edge technologies, including a Composites Program that is state-of-the-art. As composite technologies become increasingly important, this program enables the students to become the technicians and engineers needed to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for composites.

 

Higher Education

UMF

The town of Farmington has long enjoyed a cozy, mutually rewarding relationship with the University of Maine at Farmington, located in downtown Farmington. The friendly, 2,000-student campus is about the same size as many of New England's most selective private colleges and offers many of the same advantages, yet at an affordable price. The U.S. News & World Report named UMF "One of America's Best Colleges" for 15 years in a row.

Established in 1864 as Maine's first public institution of Higher Education, UMF is one of Maine's selective public liberal arts colleges offering quality programs in teacher education, human services, and arts and sciences. Featured in Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, published by the American Association for Higher Education, UMF was recently recognized as one of the 20 model universities, cited as an "especially instructive example" of a school that is "committed to maximizing student potential so that students leave college different in desired ways." UMF was one of the only two New England colleges to be recognized.

UMF is an open, active and engaged partner in the community, not an ivy-towered, gated-off college campus - the students and staff contribute to the rich social, cultural and educational fabric of the area. UMF adds a distinctive college town atmosphere to the Farmington community.

 

Training Programs

Community Colleges

Central Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College are the nearest to the greater Franklin County area.

The Continuing Education Divisions/Business & Industry offices of each college work directly with businesses and industry to determine training needs and develop technical, professional and managerial training for both current employees and new hires. Classes are offered on campus or at the work site. An array of regular credit and noncredit courses are also offered through the Continuing Education Division.

In Franklin County, the Franklin Community College Network collaborates with Central Maine Community College and the Maine Community College System to offer business and industry training in Franklin County and Livermore Falls.

Maine Career Center

The Career Center offers comprehensive workforce development services, including individual employer consultation, customized training, on-the-job training funds for new hire and incumbent worker skill development, apprenticeship, and training plan development. The Center also offers direct referral services to a variety of community services including safety training and adult education, technical college training and university training.

Center for Women, Work, and Community

The Center for Women, Work, and Community is an employment and economic development training organization whose mission is to help women succeed in the Maine economy by providing assistance in finding jobs, starting a business, building assets and becoming community leaders. The Center provides entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to individuals in the start-up phase of a business and comprehensive workforce development and life skills development training and support to individuals.

Adult Education Programs

There are several Adult Education programs throughout the greater Franklin County region: Farmington, Kingfield, Livermore Falls, and Rangeley.

fcNet

Franklin County Community College Network is a networked approach to higher education and training that's both affordable and accessible. Businesses and nonprofit organizations collaborate to help bring classes and courses to Franklin County to meet the needs of both residents and businesses. 

The Network works with the Maine Community College system to bring community college courses to greater Franklin County. Students interested in earning a degree can take some courses locally, earning credits directly from the Maine Community College system towards a degree from Central Maine Community College. The Network also works with local businesses to determine what types of training are needed and organizes the specialized training sessions in Franklin County and Livermore Falls. This ensures that businesses can find the skills they are looking for in the local workforce. 

With multiple sites offering classes and with a variety of course offerings, accessing higher education opportunities through the Community College System in Franklin County is now a reality.