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May 2014
Congratulations to the class of 2014!

WCCC graduate Alex Bradley celebrates with his mother.
Over 3,000 students are expected to graduate from Maine's community colleges this month. More than 90 percent of them are expected either to land jobs in Maine after graduation or continue their education. Among them are EMCC graduate Trevor Bowden, who has already landed his dream job (see story below) and Angel Freeman who decided to continue her education after her two daughters earned their degrees at EMCC. Congratulations to all the graduates and their families!
WCCC students make their way to graduation,
the first community college students
to graduate this spring.
Hinckley Yachts looks to EMCC for skilled woodworkers

TrevorTrevor Bowden, a student in EMCC's fine woodworking and cabinet making program, is one of the many MCCS graduates who will land jobs or continue their education after they graduate this month.

"I know going into high school and college that there's always the wonder, are you going to get a good job? And to get a dream job right out of college is an incredible feeling," he told WCSH/WLBZ.

He and a number of his classmates will start their "dream jobs" as boat builders with Hinckley Yachts, thanks to a partnership the company formed with the college in 2012.

"Our relationship with Hinckley through the fine woodworking and cabinet making program is illustrative of how EMCC prepares students for in-demand jobs," says Lawrence Barrett, Ed.D., president of EMCC. "Thanks to our strong partnerships with business and industry, EMCC graduates typically do not have to struggle to find employment post-graduation."
Dr. Barbara Finkelstein
A new president for YCCC

Barbara Finkelstein, senior vice president of Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA, has been appointed president of York County Community College in Wells. She will begin her duties on August 11, 2014.

''I am excited about the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, students, and greater YCCC community in expanding the college's academic and workforce programs and working on initiatives relevant to student success," said Dr. Finkelstein in an MCCS press release announcing her appointment.
New Sweden family turns tragedy into opportunity for future students 

Matthew loved his time at NMCC; it's where he found his niche, so our family is thrilled to have the opportunity to help students who are moving along the same career path as Matthew. We hope the scholarships will help others who strive to better themselves and contribute to our community.

~Lynn and Alan Turnbull, who presented a check for $10,500 to NMCC this spring for the scholarship fund they established in their son's memory. The funds were raised by the community through a benefit dance and auction in March.
Maine is IT! is helping students prepare for careers in information technology

Maine's seven community colleges are expanding the courses and programs they offer in information technology (IT) and offering free summer courses to eligible students interested in getting a jump start on their studies. Funded by a three-year, $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine is IT! is making it possible for the colleges to offer new and expanded programs and courses in areas ranging from computer forensics to information security to information systems integration. See what's being offered in your area.

Students in an IT lab at SMCC.
Student scholars reflect on success

The MCCS All-Maine Academic Team and the colleges' Students of the Year were recently recognized for their academic and personal achievements by the MCCS Board of Trustees. Meet a few of them:

Heather CarnesHeather Carnes, NMCC
All-Maine Academic Team
"I never thought that I'd be able to go to college and get a degree. To not only go but to exceed my goals and my expectations is just amazing." WAGM recently profiled both of NMCC's All-Maine Academic Team members
Shelby Lynne Neuschwanger,
Student of the Year
"As I look forward to graduation I look back to see how far I have come on the path I started three years ago with the dream of going to college. This is a reminder of what you can achieve if you put your foot on a path, even if the way isn't always clear." See Shelby accept her award.
Charles Feyler, KVCC
All Maine Academic Team
"Being able to get a degree in two years gives me the opportunity to start working when I graduate and work on furthering my education at the same time." Read more about Charles and the rest of the All-Maine Academic Team.

Recipe for a community dinner

If "What's for dinner?" has become the most common question in your household, the following recipes are for you. Generously provided by Jill Hannaford, executive chef at SMCC's McKernan Hospitality Center, they are the same recipes SMCC culinary arts students used recently to provide a balanced and nutritious meal to members of their community. Thanks to a new $5,000 fund from WEX Inc., SMCC students are able to cook free monthly dinners for people in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in South Portland. The March dinner had a Mexican theme and featured Mexican penne and vegetarian enchiladas.
News Briefs

TD Charitable Foundation awards $100,000 grant to CMCC -- The TD Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to CMCC to fund expanded retention and student success initiatives at the college. TD Bank Maine Market President Larry Wold presented the award at the college's annual dinner on April 16.

MCCS welcomes new board members
-- Five business leaders and educators were recently appointed by Governor Paul LePage to the MCCS Board of Trustees. They are: Shawn Moody, president, Moody's Collision Centers of Gorham; William Cassidy, WCCC president emeritus of Robbinston; Jane Sexton, a retired teacher and former state representative of Gorham; Beth Anne Lorigan, Greenville superintendent of schools of Brewer; and Patricia Duran, Hermon superintendent of schools of Hermon.

2014 Mitchell Scholars named -- Two students from Maine's community colleges have been chosen as 2014 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholars. They are Amber Powell, of Cape Elizabeth, a second-year student in SMCC's liberal studies program, and Kaitlyn Kinsey of Fort Fairfield, a second-year student in medical radiography at EMCC. The students will travel to Ireland for the fall semester and study at Cork Institute of Technology.

YCCC, Unity College sign transfer agreement -- Students who complete an associate degree in criminal justice at YCCC can now transfer seamlessly to Unity College to pursue a bachelor of science degree in conservation law enforcement, thanks to a new agreement between the colleges. YCCC students who follow a prescribed pathway will be guaranteed entry into Unity's program with junior status. Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

BIW looks to NMCC for skilled workers -- Bath Iron Works chose a unique way to let students at NMCC know about hundreds of potential job openings: It held a video conference to recruit NMCC job applicants. Read more.

SMCC students share their stories -- While most of Maine's community college students are local, a growing number started their journey halfway around the globe. Nine SMCC students from seven war-torn countries recently shared their personal stories in a Sacred Stories presentation at South Portland City Hall.

Strikes! Spares! MEREDA bowls for MCCS scholarships  -- The Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) will award $7,000 in scholarships next fall to MCCS students enrolled in building trades, architecture, engineering, construction, or business programs. The group recently held its 2nd Annual "Strikes for Scholars" fundraising event to support Maine students as they prepare for careers that promote MEREDA's mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the state.
Flashback photos

CMCC celebrates its 50th graduating class this spring. In recognition of this milestone, we dug into our archives. Here's a look at what two of the college's most popular programs -- nursing and machine tool -- looked like many years ago, and today. While the hair styles and technology may have changed, what has remained the same is the value of our graduates to Maine businesses in need of skilled and hard-working employees.

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