Education leaders said partnerships with local businesses are helping prepare students for the workforce.
Chancellor James Page gave his fourth and final address on behalf of the University of Maine system.
He said when inflation is factored in, tuition at UMaine has gone down about 3 percent during the past five years. Page said he believed Maine's united university system has set the state's education on the right path.
"It's changed us from a fragmented, often isolated federation of institutions to a single system working in aligned service to students and all Maine people. It has shown that when we work together, we advance Maine," he said.
Also addressing the legislature was president David Daigler of the Maine Community College System.
Both leaders credited Gov. Janet Mills for planning to invest in education.