|Statewide policy in place||Yes|
|Definition or title of program||State has two programs: A general program (no program title in statute) allows students to enroll in postsecondary courses.|
A dual enrollment career and technical education program allows students in grades 11 and 12 to enroll in postsecondary CTE courses for high school and postsecondary credit.
|Where courses provided||Both programs: Not specified|
|Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned||General program: Postsecondary credit. District may choose to award secondary credit.|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Both
|Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program||Not set in state policy|
|CTE component||Yes. “Dual enrollment career and technical education program” means a learning pathway for a specific CTE program that provides students in grades 11-12 with the opportunity to take postsecondary education courses and earn credits toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.|
|Unique characteristics||General program: A home-schooled student may also receive a state subsidy for postsecondary courses if the student meets course prerequisites and academic fitness requirements.|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: This program provides a 3-year cohort-based experience that includes up to 3 years of summer career academies and a college freshman seminar experience, meets national concurrent enrollment standards, and concludes at the end of summer after the student's senior year in high school. The program includes individual learning plans, academic and career assessment, college and career advising, career exploration and job-shadowing opportunities matched to achieve the student's individual academic and career goals.
The career and technical education center or region may enter into a contract with a service provider that operates as a nonprofit organization to provide technical assistance in developing and implementing the initial phase of the dual enrollment program.
A student who has satisfactorily completed the junior and senior years in a dual enrollment career and technical education program may be eligible to receive a high school diploma from the secondary school the student last attended, although the student may not meet the graduation requirements set forth in statute. The student who successfully demonstrates proficiency as defined in statute may be eligible to receive a high school diploma from the secondary school the student last attended.
|Offering mandatory or voluntary||General program: Not specified|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Voluntary. However, to the greatest extent possible, a CTE program offered at a center or region must provide students the opportunity to take advantage of any applicable learning pathways, including learning pathways set forth in a collaborative agreement with publicly supported secondary and postsecondary educational institutions that form a dual enrollment career and technical education program.
|College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both||Both. The Maine Maritime Academy may also participate.|
|Student eligibility requirements||General program:
|Cap on number of credits students may earn||Not set in state policy|
|Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities||Yes. School administrative units must provide parents and students with general information on postsecondary education options.|
|Counseling/advising is made available to students||Not set in state policy|
|Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition||General program: Combination of department of education and student/parent. A student may be eligible for a state subsidy for postsecondary courses if the student meets program eligibility requirements. The department pays 50% of tuition for the first 6 credit hours taken each semester, up to 12 credit hours per academic year. The institution may impose fees and charges, other than tuition, that are ordinarily imposed on its students. Funds appropriated to the department to carry out the purposes of this program must be in addition to the customary ongoing amounts appropriated for general purpose aid for local schools.|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Not specified
|How state funds participating high schools||Equal|
|How state funds participating postsecondary institutions||Equal|
|Ensuring Program Quality|
|Instructor qualifications component||General program: Not set in state policy|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Yes. A program must meet national concurrent enrollment standards.
|Program reporting requirement||Not set in state policy|
|Program evaluation component||Not set in state policy|
|Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits||General program: Yes|
Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Unclear