SMCC Welcomes You

SMCC was founded to serve World War II veterans who needed to learn new skills as the economy transitioned. From that point on, we have been supporting veterans and working to make the transition from the military to civilian life and attending college as easy as possible. We welcome and thank you for your tremendous service and dedication to our country and are proud to offer you and your family the services and support you need to reach your educational goals.

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SMCC was the first College in the state of Maine to:

  • Install combat-wounded parking spaces
  • Hold new student orientation sessions and student success classes specifically for veterans
  • Offer priority registration for current veteran students
  • Have an official veterans regalia and medal for commencement

Veterans Education Benefit Programs

Learn more about the veterans education benefit programs SMCC offers.

Visit the following webpages on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For information about the State of Maine Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver Program, visit the Bureau of Veterans Services webpage. Veterans are encouraged to contact the Bureau of Veterans Services to ensure access to all the benefits to which they are entitled.

To view information from the Bureau on a broad range of benefits, services, and veterans-related organizations, download the Maine Veterans’ Benefits and Resources Guide.

Application Process for Degree-Seeking Veterans

Submit Materials

By mail to:
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106
Attn: Amy Lainoff
By email to:

Veterans Student Organization

The SMCC Veterans Student Organization was established to provide support and a forum for those interested in veterans’ issues. Organization events include film discussions, guest speakers, community service, field trips, social events and more. Membership is open to any student, staff member or faculty member with an interest in veterans’ issues.

For more information, contact the club at or visit the SMCC Veterans Student Organization Facebook page.

Benefits of Getting Involved:

  • Rebuild your sense of veteran community
  • Find opportunities for connection
  • Join the largest Maine community college veterans’ presence.

College Credit for Military Experience

In many cases, veterans attending SMCC are able to receive credit based on prior work and/or training. An official transcript, Joint Services transcript or Smart Transcript with ACE recommendations should be sent for military credit consideration.

Submit Materials

By mail to:
Southern Maine Community College
Admissions Office
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME 04106
By fax to:

Non-Credit Short Term Training Opportunities

The following SMCC Continuing Studies courses are approved courses for education and training benefits for military personnel, veterans and dependents

Course Title Course Length
Energy Conservation Technician
(formerly Oil Burner Technician)
200 hours
BPI Building Analyst80 hours
High Pressure Boiler Operator36 hours
Phlebotomy 50 hours (30 classroom/20 clinical)
Propane & Natural Gas: Basic Principles & Practices20 hours
Propane & Natural Gas: Appliance Installation32 hours
Propane & Natural Gas: Appliance Service 32 hours
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning45 hours
Weatherization Technician 40 hours
To search and register for courses, visit the Continuing Studies webpage.


Counseling Services at SMCC

SMCC offers counseling services and printed counseling resources and referrals. To learn more, visit our Counseling webpage.

Additional Counseling Resources

Combat Call Center
1-866-644-5371 (open 24/7)

Lewiston Vet Center
29 Westminster Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Portland Vet Center
475 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Sanford Vet Center
628 Main Street
Springvale, ME 04083

Additional Veterans Resources

GI Bill (R) is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at