Low cost. High value.
-- In an ongoing examination of college affordability in Maine, the Portland Press Herald in April
called community colleges "possibly the best-kept secret about higher education." As the paper observed: "In the face of soaring college tuition, tight household budgets and the specter of graduating with large amounts of student debt, more students are using the famously low-cost community college system as a steppingstone on the way to a four-year degree."
Life science a new degree at CMCC
-- This fall CMCC will offer a new associate degree program in life science
to provide students with a broad, general survey of scientifically accumulated knowledge focused on life and biological sciences. Students completing the degree will be prepared to enter the workforce as scientific technicians or to transfer into science, technology, engineering, or math majors at four-year colleges and universities.
Gorman Scholarship created
-- The Leon A. Gorman Endowed Scholarship
fund has been created by the families of Leon and Lisa Gorman to support Maine community college students who exemplify Mr. Gorman's long-standing commitment to community service and academic achievement. The fund was established in honor of Mr. Gorman's 80th birthday by the couple's children.CMCC student to study at Vassar
-- Jessica Staples, a student in CMCC's general studies program, has been accepted to the Exploring Transfer program at Vassar College
, a 5-week summer program designed for community college students interested in continuing their education at a competitive four-year college.Lights, camera, action
-- The NMCC library has opened a One Button Studio
to provide students, faculty, and community members with all they need to create their own professional videos. The studio was built with a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and was the subject of a WAGM news segment
in March.Students learn hospitality skills
-- Ten students graduated in February from SMCC's Hospitality Rising Stars Academy
, which provided 96 hours of entry-level hospitality training to unemployed and underemployed Mainers. All of the graduates have had job interviews and most have been hired or offered paid internships. The program was funded by the MCCS Maine Quality Centers
program.YCCC preparing more vet techs for Maine
-- YCCC's new vet tech program was recently highlighted in a Portland Press Herald article
for its role in helping to address a growing workforce need in the state's animal care industry. YCCC began offering classes toward the associate degree in fall 2013.When a house is much more than a home
-- For each of the past 38 years, NMCC and the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club have partnered to build a home for an area family. During the design and construction, the home functions as a hands-on learning lab for students in nearly all of the college's trades programs. Students in the computer aided drafting program prepare the construction plans, and first-year students in the building construction program complete the framing. The house is then turned over to plumbing, heating, and electrical students before the senior residential construction students complete the finish work. When it's all done, the learning lab is turned over to its new owners who are happy to call it home. Read more>>WCCC students earn the gold
-- Four WCCC students won gold medals at the 2015 SkillsUSA Maine State Championships. They will represent Maine at the national championships this month in Louisville, KY. Read more>>National magazine highlights SMCC composite program
-- Composites Manufacturing
magazine featured SMCC's composite science program in its April issue saying the college is making a difference in training the next generation of composites professionals.