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About Northeast Technical Institute

  • Mission & Vision Statements
  • A Letter From The President
  • School History
  • COE Accreditation
  • Approvals & Memberships
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"Career Training For A Better Life"

NTI is Maine’s leading trade career school. We believe the best way to learn is by doing. That’s why hands-on learning experiences are guaranteed to our students.

NTI has spent over 25 years training people for jobs they’ll love. 

Currently, NTI’s curriculum includes:

Campus locations are located across southern and central Maine. NTI is headquartered at it’s main location in Scarborough, ME. There is also a branch campus located in Bangor, ME, and an extension campus in Auburn, ME. You can contact each location directly by phone at: 1-800-447-1151.

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Mission & Vision Statements

Mission Statement

We provide short-term, hands-on career training that is driven by:

  • Industry needs.
  • National certifications.
  • Employer partnerships.

With the goal of employment for our graduates.

Vision Statement

NTI will be a trusted leader in delivering exceptional career and continuing education. We will use student relationships, employer connections, and community outreach to ensure leading-edge training in relevant fields. Thus resulting in a direct impact on the local economy and positive economic growth.

President's Message

Dear Students,

NTI understands every student’s desire for success. We are pleased you are considering us to help you with your goals!

Trade schools have become important to Maine’s businesses. So, our purpose at NTI is to provide affordable opportunities for our students. We’re also committed to embracing change and finding new trends in the job market. That includes the places we serve, as well.

Our pledge to you is simple: To create real opportunities to our students. We do this by offering the best training programs and student services to foster your success.

Therefore, we hope you’ll explore the many opportunities at NTI. You are in control of your own future. “The architect of your own destiny”.

Thank you and good luck,

James Liponis
Northeast Technical Institute, Inc

NTI's School History


A Technical School Is Born

In the mid-1990s Chris Liponis was the founder of a successful career training school in New Hampshire. Chris saw the need for a similar business in the Southern Maine area where he was born and raised.

As a family business, Northeast Career Schools in New Hampshire served over 10,000 students. The programs included professional truck driving, health, and information technology.

The focused training approach filled the needs of students for 15 years. The students learned skills that lead to job security and a better standard of living.

Moving To Southern Maine

Chris saw the chance to open a smaller version of his school in South Portland, Maine. So, his son James moved to Maine to help with the opening and take control of daily operations.

Northeast Technical Institute was born in the summer of 1995. NTI began training students at its South Portland campus. The school started with a few short courses in a small space.

Career School & The New Millenium

By the year 2000, NTI moved to a new location in Scarborough, Maine. The new campus offered:

  • More offices.
  • More classrooms.
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities.
  • And better equipment.

Soon after that, NTI opened a small campus in Bangor. That campus was followed by another in Auburn, ME.

In the following years, the reputation of NTI grew in Maine. NTI was seen as a small but successful school that trained people of all ages and backgrounds.

Career School Accreditation Process

In September of 2010, NTI’s Scarborough and Bangor campuses achieved accreditation through The Council on Occupational Education (COE).

COE was originally founded in 1971. COE is the successor to the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions.

Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road
Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898
Fax: 770-396-3970

COE accredits post-secondary occupational institutions that offer certificate, diploma, or applied associate degree programs. These institutions include:

  • Public technical schools.
  • Private career schools (for-profit and not-for-profit).
  • Army, Navy, and Department of Defense institutions.
  • Job Corps Centers.

Accreditation proves that a school provides a quality education that the community has a right to expect, and that the education world endorses. Accreditation shows confidence in a school’s performance.

When the COE accredits a school, it checks that the school has met certain standards. These standards are within the terms of the school’s stated philosophy and objectives.

The purpose of the process is the improvement of learning. This is done by evaluating whether the school has attained outcomes set by its own staff and community.

The process happens periodically by conducting a self-evaluation of the total school. Through the accreditation process, the school seeks the validation of its self-evaluation. This is done through professional judgment which comes from impartial outsiders. Also through reports on the effectiveness of the school’s operation.

The intent of the process is more than to focus on failures. The goal is to find remedies for failures and to identify good practices.

Accreditation of a trade school is on a school-by-school basis. The whole school, not just one program, is covered. The following are some of the many benefits of accreditation:

  • Greater clarity of purpose
  • Stronger internal relationships
  • Wider professional participation
  • More effective methods of planning for school improvement
  • Improved consistency between educational purpose and practice

Careers At NTI

Join Our Team!

Do you want to work at a job where you get paid to help people grow? Join NTI’s team of professionals as either faculty or staff member.

Competitive pay, great benefits, and room to grow are some of the opportunities NTI offers to its employees.