What We Do

The Downtown Education Collaborative (DEC) is an innovative partnership of four colleges and two community partner organizations in Lewiston, Maine whose mission is to bring the knowledge, resources and skills of DEC’s members into partnership with the community in order to strengthen community-engaged teaching, learning, research and service to effect beneficial social change in the community.  

Since its official opening in 2008, DEC has launched an array of programs, projects and activities primarily focused on strengthening educational supports and access but has also been engaged in additional efforts aimed at Lewiston’s revitalization.  Examples of these initiatives include: