Support for making a meaningful commitment: Each commitment is unique and best when tailored to meet your current and future workforce needs. Review our employer resources and strategies for supporting education in the workplace and see what extra step fits your organization, or craft your own. If you have questions or need additional assistance, reach out to our staff for consultation and organizational and industry specific support (firstname.lastname@example.org / 207-626-3117).
As an employer, there are low-cost and easy options for supporting your employees’ educational goals.
- Inform employees about Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative tuition discounts and benefits available to them.
- Promote your educational benefits quarterly to remind employees of their options.
- Submit company training programs to be considered for certification for college credit.
- Publicly recognize employees who have completed a degree, training, certification or workshop.
- Incorporate educational goal setting into employee quarterly and yearly performance discussions.
- Allow employees to use computers, internet access, printers or other resources to support their studies.
- Allow flexible scheduling to employees to attend classes offered during work hours.
- Invite local colleges and universities to share adult-friendly program options and to speak with employees about Prior Learning Assessments – the process of receiving college credit for learning gained outside of the classroom.
- Offer payroll deduction for 529 college savings plans.
- Distribute information about the Alfond Scholarship: $500 for every baby born in Maine
Auburn Public Library, Auburn, ME
Promoting Higher Education Efforts through increasing awareness of professional development opportunities and enhancing organization of and access to opportunities
Buck Farms, Mapleton, ME
Training employees for new certification in preparation for a change in industry focus
Camden National Bank, Rockport, ME
Promoting tuition discounts and educational scholarships in employee benefits presentations, new employee packets, on bulletin boards, and in employee communications. Providing educational resource information to managers to use in coaching and goal setting with employees. Distributing Alfond Scholarship information to all employees who have a baby.
Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, ME
Providing employees with information on the importance of degree attainment through leadership meetings, team meetings, and agency wide emails
Cerahelix, Orono, ME
Supporting and paying for employees’ efforts to enhance their skills and upgrade their qualifications through courses and training
The Chesterville Mall, Chesterville, ME
Providing tuition reimbursement and other educational benefits supporting and encouraging employees to further their education
Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott, ME
Creating flexible scheduling opportunities to fit school and training into work schedules
Coffee By Design, Portland, ME
Providing financial literacy assistance programming, budgeting, and student loan debt management for employees, pursuing scholarship opportunities for employees, and coordinating with educational partners for higher education information to be available within coffee shops
Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, ME
Generating and promoting external alliance and university relations
GWI, Biddeford, ME
Increasing participation in reimbursement programs and available offerings to eligible employees
Jobs for Maine Graduates, Augusta, ME
Investing in staff’s professional development in order to meet the shift in standards based education. Reaching beyond internal training to grow staff in ways that best prepares them for the next generation of graduates
Maine Community Health Options, Lewiston, ME
Expanding professional development opportunities including tuition reimbursement, professional associations, and attendance to seminars and conferences
Ocean House Child Development Center, Inc., Cape Elizabeth, ME
Offering (nearly) unlimited compensation reimbursement for staff taking educational training
OHI, Hermon, ME
Offering bridge training for employees who have either Mental Health Support Specialist or Direct Support Specialist Certifications to become certified as Personal Support Specialists (PSS) streamlining the process to becoming PSS certified saving money and time for each eligible employee while opening more career opportunities to them.
Partners for a Hunger Free York County, Kennebunk, ME
Supporting the higher education goals of their vista placement
Pica Design & Marketing, Belfast, ME
Nominating employees for education scholarships, continuing to promote education and professional advancement within the workplace, and offering flexible work schedules for employees balancing work and education
PSL Services – STRIVE, South Portland, ME
Increasing awareness of educational opportunities, promoting the value of increased education and training, and making employee development a shared goal
Vic Firth Company, Newport, ME
Providing an educational reimbursement program to employees and encouraging employees to seek out training that will help them contribute and grow in the work at VFC