Maine Educational Talent Search

Maine Educational Talent Search

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Federal Program Preparing County Students for Higher Education

CARIBOU, Maine (WAGM) – A program offered through the US Department of education is helping to prepare students in Maine and here in the county, for education after high school.

The Maine Educational Talent Search, or METS, is a federally funded program for students grades 6 through 12. The program helps students at target schools, prepare for college. Velma Murphy, METS Advisor for Caribou Middle School and High School, says this program teaches students a multitude of skills.

“We focus in on study skills, study habits, time management, financial literacy at the younger grades, financial aid, the processes,” Velma Murphy said. “We do career exploration because now is the time for students to explore their interests in different careers.”

Read more, and watch the video here… 

Dave Megquier receives Pell Award

New England Educational Opportunity Association President Stephanie Cruz with Dave Megquier.

The New England Educational Opportunity Association has awarded former Project Director Dave Megquier their highest honor, the Claiborne Pell Award. Congratulations Dave on this well deserved recognition!

From the NEOA website:

The Claiborne Pell Award is established to recognize those rare individuals whose pioneering leadership and vision have made an indelible mark on the struggle for equal educational opportunity. It was Pell’s leadership and vision that led to the creation of the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG). Now called the Pell Grant, the BEOG was designed to be the backbone of the federal government’s financial aid program. Pell recognized that the future of the country was dependent on an investment in the development of low income students.


The Pell Award is given to individuals whose work the President and the Board of Directors believe is breaking new ground in the effort to provide greater educational opportunity to people from low income backgrounds. The Board considers the following criteria:


  • Vision – conceiving innovative future solutions to problems.

  • Leadership – is able to bring together a broad based coalition to implement solutions

  • Broad Impact – large numbers of students are effected by the individual’s work; institutions are also impacted.

MaineSpark Future Success Initiative

MaineSpark Future Success is an education partnership that is focused on helping Mainers achieve “credentials of value”. MaineSpark defines a credential of value as a recognized degree, diploma, certificate or credential that leads to further education and high quality employment.

METS is proud to participate in MaineSpark as a Future Success Partner Agency.

For more information see the linked Future Success Flat Sheet.