Southern Maine Community College got its start after World War Two to accommodate the influx of veterans seeking career training opportunities and higher education. The college sits on a historic spot, the one-time home of the military Fort Preble. Since its inception, the college has evolved from the Maine Vocational Technical Institute to the Southern Maine Community College. Its major educational focus has shifted from training-based to a broader, general education focus. Graduates of its programs receive either diplomas or certificates. It is currently accredited by the the Associations Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, and is located in an idyllic, 80-acre spot adjacent to Casco Bay, near the larger urban center of Portland, Maine. Students enjoy the freedom of movement between institutes of higher education afforded to them by the Community College Partnership, which stipulated certain movements and transferrals between technical colleges and the University of Maine System for eligible students.