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People with disabilities can be supported through training that allows them to acquire new or additional skills. Some people with disabilities may need scholarships or other funding support in order to attend and benefit from such training activities.

Options for training can include:


Workshops may focus on a particular occupation or topic, and may be offered through industry associations, special interest groups, or by a public or community organization.


Maine CareerCenters:
Do you have the skills you need to advance in your career or get a new job? There has never been a better time for you to think about education or training options that well help you get ahead. The CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training, and identify financial resources to make your plan possible. CareerCenters are the providers of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services in Maine.

SafetyWorks! Training
Trainings are offered on a regular basis for individuals or an employer can request to have one done for their employees. Training is offered in Small Business Safety and Health, Forklift Operation, Construction, OSHA rules, Safety Officer responsibilities, and Video Display Terminal Use.
Small Business Training
The Small Business Administration runs a variety of workshops for individuals interested in starting a small business or for those already running a business.

On-the-Job Training

On the Job Training (OJT) is for individuals who are working with Vocational Rehabilitation and is set up as part of the Individualized Employment Plan (IPE) at a place of business.


Registered apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge. The Maine Apprenticeship Program assists in setting up training programs consisting of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction.

MAP may reimburse up to 50% of an apprentice's tuition for college credit courses. In addition, the apprentice works full-time for their sponsor (employer), applying related coursework and newly acquired skills to accomplish occupational tasks in a hands-on environment.

There is also a Pre-Apprenticeship program available for students in 11th or 12th grade and prepares them to move into the general Apprenticeship program upon graduation.

Adult Education

All Maine communities have access to a local or regional adult education program. Adult education programs are generally run in the local schools or community centers and focus on five main areas: High School Completion, Literacy, College Transitions, Business and Skills Training, and Personal Enrichment.

Classes are generally small (under 20 students) and free or low cost.

Certificate Courses

Certificate courses are typically focused on core vocational skills. Though they may require up to a year of training those classes may qualify for college credit.

Certificate Options in Human Services field:
Areas where certificate courses can make a difference include welding, photography, Certified Nursing Assistant, Personal Care Assistant, or medical transcription. More information is available through local universities and community colleges.

College or University Options

For information on degree programs offered through Maine's colleges and universities, and for financial assistance information go to: