Your Bridge from High School to College

Fall 2014 Volume 9, Issue 1      

A program of the Maine Community College System
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"[ECforME] is one of the
best opportunities that
you will have."
Miranda Moffett (Calais'13)
Phlebotomy WCCC

Central Maine
Community College

Eastern Maine
Community College

Kennebec Valley
Community College

Northern Maine
Community College
Presque Isle

Southern Maine
Community College
South Portland/Brunswick

Washington County
Community College

York County
Community College

"This is a great program
for people who are unsure about what to do after high school."
Shane Brown (Mt. Blue'14) Architectural-Civil Engineering CMCC





"If you are thinking about college, participate in this program."

Courtney Gray (Bucksport'13) Liberal Studies EMCC 









"It's a great support network to go to when transitioning into college and choosing all of your courses."

Derek Haley (Mt. Blue'13) Culinary Arts SMCC









"[ECforME] was amazing. It helped me understand college and helped me make sure I got everything done."

Cassidy Andrews (Sumner Memorial'14) Early Childhood Education EMCC









"With a degree you can go for way more careers than I thought."

Ariana Kennedy (Scarborough'14) Behavioral Health YCCC









"It makes you realize how important education is in this day and age."

Michael deMontigny (Wisdom'13) Diesel Hydraulics NMCC 









"This program is the reason I came to college. I couldn't be happier with my experience with ECforME."

Brandon Wolfe (CATC/Hall-Dale'14) Auto Tech-Ford Asset CMCC 









"ECforME gave me a scholarship. That helped with my college bill so much! Without that I wouldn't have been able to afford going for even a semester!"

Brianna Crosby (Bonny Eagle'14) Liberal Studies SMCC                                          

CMCC Grad Pursuing Science and Her Bachelor's Degree

Naomi Heuer (Mt. Ararat High School, 2011) does science. She graduated from Central Maine Community College in 2013 with an associate degree in computer tech, earning Honors three out of her four semesters. She's now at the University of Southern Maine for a bachelor's in computer science. As a work-study student, she's using computational bioinformatics to help scientists compile data to analyze DNA. Some of this work has focused on genes related to cystic fibrosis and genes affected by arsenic. Heuer didn't believe she could even go to college. "[ECforME] made me realize I could." She credits her regional director, Pauline Moreau, with nudging her to reach higher. "I certainly needed that nudge!" says Heuer, "I would never be in the place I am without her help!"
Matt Petrella-Woodward
YCCC Senior Recommends a Kickstart
Components on the wall connect to his desktop. Matthew Petrella-Woodward (Wells High School, 2013) is on his way. A senior in computer tech at York County Community College, he developed lines of code that Kickstarter incorporated into a new video game due out this winter. Shown above is the computer he built from scratch. To better manage, service, and clean the machine's components, he hung them on the outside of the frame. Happy at YCCC, he calls one of his professors "the James Bond of the computer world." Petrella-Woodward chose YCCC because it made financial sense: earn his associate degree, work in the industry, transfer for a bachelor's degree. He told Cait McGurty, his regional director, that "Early College for ME has been very, very helpful." The college course he took in high school as an ECforME participant helped prepare him for his first year of college. He advises current high school students to "get [college] English and math out of the way as early as you can. Being in a different environment gives you a taste of what college is like and opens you up to new relationships."               
Nick Barnes
WCCC Student Has College Figured Out

Nicholas Barnes (Shead High School, 2013) earned a certificate in welding last May from Washington County Community College, along with several awards for academic excellence. Now enrolled in heating tech at the college, his goal is to apply his welding and heating certificates to an associate degree in general tech. Barnes spent many hours at Shead during his senior year applying for scholarships, many of which he received, including the one from Early College for ME. He credits Mary-Ann Urquhart, his regional coordinator, with helping him apply to college and navigate WCCC. To students having trouble adjusting to college, he says, "Relax." That translates to "Don't sweat the small stuff. Ask for help." In his free time, Barnes can be found with family, on a ball field, or in the woods hunting. 
Callie Boudreau
Primed for Success
at KVCC and Beyond

Callie Boudreau graduated from Waterville High School in 2012. "Callie is one of those students you have an instant connection with because of her upbeat personality and great sense of humor," says her high school guidance counselor, Carol Laqualia. In high school Boudreau talked with her ECforME regional director, Pauline Stevens, "about what I wanted for my future and the benefits of enrolling in a community college." A senior at Kennebec Valley Community College, she earned Honors last spring, is a writing tutor, and in December will have her associate degree in liberal studies. "Now," says Boudreau, "I know what I want and how to achieve my goals." She plans to enroll in the University of Maine at Augusta for information and library science. "I wouldn't be the person I am today," she continues, "If it wasn't for Early College for ME and my Early College for ME advisor."
NMCC Student Repairs Auto Bodies
Eliza Clark attended Mid-Coast School of Technology and graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School in 2013. She's in her second year of auto body repair at Northern Maine Community College and made Dean's List both semesters freshman year. Homesick at first, she coped by making friends and getting involved on campus. Using her welding skills, she and a friend made the trophies for NMCC's dodgeball competition. This year Clark added a major in structural welding. She'll have both that certificate and her associate degree when she graduates in May. She plans to work in a body shop first, then teach at a technical school. "The [ECforME] scholarship made going to college possible," she says. Of Ruth White, regional director, and assistant, Courney Cyr (who herself graduated from ECforME and NMCC), Clark adds, "Their support is the best! Participate," she advises high school students. "There's no down side!"
SMCC Student: College is What You Make of It 

"College is different from high school. Your future is in your own hands," says Antonio Roberts, a 2013 graduate of South Portland High School and a senior at Southern Maine Community College. For him, the best part of college is making connections with other students, professors, and employees. He values Early College for ME for the scholarship and because Christopher Ike, regional director, and Nicole Merryman, assistant, "are always there to help me out." Roberts made Honors both semesters freshman year by completing homework on time, showing up to class, and participating in class. "Professors are here to teach you, not to babysit you," he says. "Whether or not you pass is completely up to you." That said, he recommends finding a balance. "School is extremely important, but so is your health. Join a club or sport, on campus or off, that you will enjoy. This will help you to counteract some of the stress of college." Roberts will graduate in May with an associate degree in liberal studies and plans to transfer to the University of Maine for nursing.
EMCC Student is Dedicated
to Criminal Justice
Nicholas Bazinet (Bangor High School, 2014) first enrolled at Eastern Maine Community College for liberal studies. Through his regional director, Hope Holyoke, he took introduction to psychology at EMCC as a high school senior. After EMCC he planned to transfer for a bachelor's in psychology. His early college course "allowed me to get my feet wet," he says, "and showed me what to expect after high school." Yet once in college, a course in criminal justice caused him to change his career plans. Cornel Plebani, department chair, says of Bazinet, "Nick is one of the most focused and dedicated students in the first-ever criminal justice cohort at EMCC. His level of preparedness extends well beyond the classroom into recent experiential learning with the Orono Police Department, including high risk traffic stop scenarios and Simunitions (TM)-based use-of-force training." Plebani sees Bazinet as "a student leader for his peers in the CRJ program." 

ECforME 1st- and 2nd-Year College Students


*Honors 2 or More Semesters


Phi Theta Kappa

Honor Society for the Two-Year College

Shannon Hand* (UTC/Brewer'13) Culinary Arts EM
Sean Hennessy* (UTC/Orono'13) Liberal Studies EM
Miranda Nemitz* (Thornton Academy'13) General Studies SM
Madison Porter* (Bucksport'13) Early Childhood Education EM


High Honors

Timothy Leeman* (LRTC/Lewiston'12) Computer Tech CM'14
Abigial Smith* (Freeport'13) General Studies CM



Lyssa Agreste* (Biddeford'13) Liberal Studies YC
Devan Armstrong* (Nokomis Regional'13) Liberal Studies EM
Kaylee Ayers* (Windham'13) Liberal Studies SM
Alexander Badich* (Lewiston'13) Culinary Arts SM
Joseph Baker* (Freeport'12) Liberal Studies SM'14
Nicholas Barnes* (Shead'13) Welding Tech WC'14
Mitchell Barton* (Sacopee Valley'12) Liberal Studies SM
Jacob Bedard (Massabesic'13) Liberal Studies SM
Katrina Blanchette-Ahlquist (Noble'13) Liberal Studies SM
Alex Boucher (CATC/Cony'13) Auto Tech-Ford Asset CM
Callie Boudreau (Waterville'12) Liberal Studies KV
April Burbank (Sacopee Valley'13) Medical Assisting SM
Courtney Burby (Caribou'13) Liberal Studies NM
Kyle Calvo* (Winslow'12) Culinary Arts SM'14
Sara Cates* (UTC/Old Town'12) Medical Assistant EM
Eliza Clark* (MCST/Camden Hills'13) Auto Body Repair NM
Bradley Clement* (UTC/Central'12) Civil Engineering EM'14
Kathryn Connors* (Wiscasset'13) Culinary Arts EM
Mitchell Crockett (Bonny Eagle'13) Liberal Studies SM
Shannon Crooker* (Hampden Academy'12) Business Mgmt EM'14
Gabrielle Cyr* (Brewer'13) Education EM
Molly Daniel* (CATC/Cony'13) General Science-Health Occupations KV
Hannah Davis* (Greely'12) Liberal Studies SM
Michael deMontigny* (SJVTC/Wisdom'13) Diesel Hydraulics NM
Zachary deMontigny* (SJVTC/Wisdom'12) Diesel Hydraulics NM'14
Karly Derby* (Greely'12) Liberal Studies SM
Alphonso Dixon* (Skowhegan'12) Business Administration-Marketing/Mgmt KV'14
Demarre Doody-Corriveau* (Caribou'12) Medical Radiography EM
Brittany Dunton* (Nokomis Regional'12) Medical Radiography EM
Derek Fickett* (Edward Little'13) Refrigeration, Air Conditioning-Heating EM
Jamie Fisher* (South Portland'12) Applied Marine Biology-Oceanography SM'14
Kyle Frost* (Cony'12) Refrigeration, Air Conditioning-Heating EM'14
Michael Gallant* (Biddeford'13) Computer Tech SM
John Gerald* (UTC/John Bapst'12) Auto Tech CM'14
Krystal Gillison (Boothbay Region'13) Accounting CM
Frederick Giordano III* (South Portland'12) Criminal Justice SM'14
Jennifer Griffin (Lawrence'12) Business Administration-Marketing/Mgmt KV'14
Derek Haley* (Mt. Blue'13) Culinary Arts SM
Garrett Hemphill* (Presque Isle'12) Diesel Hydraulics NM
Ain Holmes* (UTC/Home-Schooled'13) Electrical-Automation EM

Miranda Hussey* (Wells'13) Digital Media YC
Heather Ireland* (Bangor'13) Liberal Studies EM
Emily Jackson* (Old Town'12) Hospitality-Tourism Mgmt EM
Crystal Jones* (Falmouth'13) Lodging-Restaurant Mgmt SM
Kayla LaBrie* (Winslow'12) Liberal Studies SM'14
Kimberly LaFlamme (Kennebunk'12) Criminal Justice YC
Bryce Lambert* (Sanford'12) Integrated Manufacturing SM
Zachary Levesque* (SJVTC/Madawaska'12) Diesel Hydraulics NM'14
Ashley Linscott* (Gorham'12) Early Childhood Education SM
Sara Majka* (SJVTC/Fort Kent Community'12) Liberal Studies EM'14
Antonio Martell* (Scarborough'13) Heavy Equipment Operations SM
Molly Mellor* (MCST/Oceanside'13) General Studies SM
Lynsey Munroe* (Windham'12) Behavioral Health-Human Services SM
Darrin Murray (Central Aroostook'13) Electrical Construction-Maintenance NM
Casey Nadeau (Skowhegan'12) Energy Services KV
Paige Nadeau* (Caribou'12) Business Mgmt EM
Crystal Norwood (Ellsworth'13) Liberal Studies EM
Yves Nzigiye* (Portland'12) Pre-Engineering SM
Blake Philbrick* (Messalonskee'13) Diesel, Truck-Heavy Equipment EM
Ryan Plouffe* (Bonny Eagle'12) Computer Tech SM
Cody Pratt* (Bonny Eagle'12) Heavy Equipment Operation, Heavy Equipment

  Maintenance WC'14
Ineliz Rijo* (Marshwood'13) Architectural Drafting-Design YC
Brandon Smith (Orono'13) Liberal Studies EM
Lucas Sockbeson (UTC/Bangor'13) Building Construction EM
Charlotte Southard* (Woodland'13) Business Mgmt WC
Cody Timberlake* (Oxford Hills'13) Building Construction CM
Amanda Travers* (Nokomis Regional'12) Early Childhood Education EM'14
Chris Trembly* (Messalonskee'13) Electrical Tech KV
Taylor Wagner* (Hampden Academy'13) Education EM

Dustin Walker (Old Town'12) Liberal Studies EM'14

Dayna White* (Hampden Academy'13) Liberal Studies EM


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