LEWISTON — Maine Community Foundation and Common Good Ventures have selected College for ME-Androscoggin as a new partner in their Nonprofit Effectiveness Program.

Focused on increasing access to higher and post-secondary education in Central Maine, College for ME-Androscoggin will receive grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation and dedicated management coaching from Common Good Ventures, with potential support for up to three years.

College for ME-Androscoggin is a network of more than 30 business, education, community and government groups dedicated to doubling the number of people in Androscoggin County who hold college degrees by the year 2015.

“College for ME-Androscoggin is working hard to lower barriers to post-secondary education, which is a mission we share,” said Meredith Jones, Maine Community Foundation president and CEO. Andrew Watt, foundation president, added, “From a competitive selection process we are excited to have identified College for ME-Androscoggin as an organization committed to providing more Mainers with educational opportunities through collaboration.”

A statewide organization, the foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to build strong Maine communities. Brunswick-based Common Good Ventures strengthens Maine’s nonprofit sector by coaching select organizations to improve performance

“We are honored to have been selected to receive this very competitive grant,”said Jan Phillips of College for ME-Androscoggin. “With the support of Common Good Ventures we will maximize our efforts to create a college-going culture in Androscoggin County and help more people in Central Maine achieve their higher education dream.”

For more information about College for ME-Androscoggin, contact Jan Phillips at 207-753-6548 or visit www.collegeformeandroscoggin.org. For more information about the Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness, contact Peter Taylor at [email protected] or Chad Sclove at [email protected]

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