Mission & History

We offer over 30 one- and two-year program options, as well as short term and specialized training and retraining courses for business, industry, and community. We award associate in applied science, associate in science, and associate in arts degrees; certificates; diplomas; and documents of completion for customized, short-term programs and courses.

At EMCC, we prepare technicians and skilled workers for careers in mechanical, engineering, and construction industries; allied health professions; and business occupations. We develop programs of study in cooperation with experts currently working in representative areas of technology and business.

We are dedicated to providing all students with a well-balanced education focused on problem solving, decision-making, communications, social understanding, computer applications, mathematics, and science. Our technology programs include concentrated studies in both technical theory and application in the area of specialization, and all of our programs require liberal arts courses to form the foundation for lifelong learning. Our programs and student support services are designed to develop leadership skills, personal responsibility, teamwork, and appreciation of the complex world around us.

Located in the heart of Bangor, our 72-acre campus is adjacent to the Hogan Road exit off Interstate 95—just a short distance from Eastern Maine Medical Center, downtown Bangor, and the Bangor Mall—and is served by public transportation. Campus facilities include four buildings housing classroom, lab, and shop spaces; two residence halls; Johnston Gymnasium; and the Campus Center, a focal point of campus activities including the Enrollment Center, library, classrooms, and McCorkill Dining Hall.

Established in 1966 by the Maine State Legislature, under the authority of the State Board of Education, EMCC was originally known as Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (EMVTI). The college was moved in 1968 from temporary quarters in downtown Bangor to its present campus on Hogan Road. In 1986 the 112th Legislature created a quasi-independent system with a board of trustees to govern all six of Maine’s VTIs, and in 1989 another law changed the names of these institutions to more accurately reflect their purpose and activities; EMVTI thus became Eastern Maine Technical College (EMTC). The name of the College changed again in 2003 from “Technical” to “Community” to more accurately reflect its purpose.

“The basic mission of the Maine Community College System is to provide associate degree, diploma and certificate programs directed at the educational, occupational and technical needs of the State’s citizens and the workforce needs of the State’s employers . . . to create an educated, skilled and adaptable labor force which is responsive to the changing needs of the economy of the State and to promote local, regional and statewide economic development.” (Public Law, Chapter 431)

EMCC 2011-2016 Strategic Plan – Final Draft