WMEC -Western Maine Educational Collaborative - The WMEC is a non-profit educational organization with membership from 16 districts committed to building a sustainable and regional collaborative. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors which meets 4-5 times a year. Executive Committee members are elected at the annual meeting in the fall. The WMEC serves 14,000+ students in 50+ schools in 5 counties throughout western Maine.
STEAM-Kennebec Valley STEAM initiative -Beginning in 2016, the 3 superintendents of RSU #74, MSAD #59, and MSAD #13 wrote a FEDES grant and received approval and funding to support what was then the first STEM education program which functioned with a full time coordinator over the 3 districts the first year. At the time, it was recognized that there was a missing component, the ARTS, which was added in the second round of grant funding the following year. Currently, STEAM education is a collaborative effort with curriculum supports, 3-D printer designing and efforts from lead teachers embedded in the science curriculum in each of these local districts and stands as a recognized model across the state.
KVMPA - Kennebec Valley Multiple Pathways Academy - In 2018, another grant was written to work on a dream. That dream was to better educate students who may typically "slip through the cracks" with regard to the typical public school system. In short, the KVMPA is far more than a "typical" alternative education setting, it is a new balanced educational setting that mixes academics with real-world "problem-based" education. The students are posed a real-world problem, then they use all core areas of learning including Math, Science, Literature and History (and other subjects) to solve these problems. Meanwhile, they are getting a mutually beneficial education while meeting state standards.
SPH- Somerset Public Health - Somerset Public Health is one of our great community partners that help us with efforts such as community planning, health and wellness activities and alcohol and drug-free schools. Somerset Public Health is a coalition of staff members, community members, organizations, and businesses working together to improve health in Somerset County.
Their goal is to make Somerset County a healthier place to live and work for the families they serve. They work with community members, schools, workplaces, child-care centers, service groups, and other community groups to make the places we visit every day healthier.