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Fall 2009


Enrollment soars
More students than ever before are turning to Maine's community colleges. Enrollment in the colleges has increased 12 percent to 16,550 in just one year, an additional 1,751 students over last fall. In the seven years since the community colleges were established, enrollment has grown by 63%. [cont. below]


 Headcount enrollment up 63% in 7 years


In announcing preliminary 2009 enrollment numbers, MCCS President John Fitzsimmons attributed the increase to a number of factors: job losses and job insecurity have caused many people to turn to higher education to gain new skills; few jobs exist for high school graduates who lack marketable skills; and the community colleges offer both the lowest tuition in the state and academic programs that are tied directly to the Maine economy. Read more...




MCCS scholarships to high school students

and recent graduates top $1 million

This fall's enrollment numbers contain additional good news for Maine, which has long lagged the rest of New England in the percentage of high school graduates going immediately on to college. Thanks in part to the System's Early College for ME and On Course for College programs, the number of students entering the colleges directly from high school has increased 87% in seven years and 10% this year alone (to 2,337). The two programs provide scholarship assistance to high school students to help cover the cost of study at one of the state's community colleges. In all, the MCCS has awarded over $1 million in scholarship assistance to students participating in Early College for ME and On Course for College.

Tanya_ClarkA fast, fresh start for dislocated workers in northern Maine
Last winter, when a number of Aroostook County employers were forced to lay off workers as a result of the recession, NMCC responded by beginning a special semester in March. The intent was to help displaced workers return to school and train for a new career as quickly as possible. Tanya Clark was one of 44 students who jumped at the chance. Laid off from her job at a local paper company, she wanted to make sure she was never again in the same position. After researching her options, she enrolled in NMCC's medical assisting program and is on track to graduate in spring 2011. At 35, she's optimistic about her job prospects and credits NMCC -- as well as lots of peer support -- with making it as easy as possible to go back to school and be an inspiration to her two sons.

SMCC offers online degree in liberal studies
Students enrolled in SMCC's liberal studies program now have the option to complete the degree completely online. Although many liberal studies majors at SMCC take all of their courses on campus or choose a combination of classroom and online courses, the online degree provides an additional option for those whose schedules or situations make coming to campus a challenge.
"This gives SMCC students a greater variety of courses to choose from, at times that fit their schedule," notes Janet Sortor, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at SMCC.
The liberal studies program provides an academic foundation that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students enrolled in SMCC's liberal studies program take a set of core courses that are supplemented by electives that allow then to concentrate in everything from English to education to political science.
MDF honors Cianbro for its work with EMCC
to encourage employee education 
The Maine Development Foundation has recognized Cianbro Corp. as a Champion of Employee Education, the first company to receive the award from the MDF's Maine Employers Initiative.
The award recognizes a partnership between Cianbro and EMCC that enables employees who enroll in one of several EMCC degree programs to earn college credit for relevant on-the-job training and work experience. EMCC is also working with Cianbro to customize credit and non-credit courses for the company's employees and to provide workplace training. A number of other partnerships and programs at Maine's community colleges also offer college credit for an employee's relevant training and work experience. For more information about the training and education programs available to Maine business and industry through the state's community colleges, go here.
CMCC, YCCC recognized for being among America's most military-friendly schools
CMCC and YCCC have been included on G.I. Jobs 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools in recognition of their efforts to support the educational aspirations of the nation's veterans.
"It has been our experience that veterans not only make good students, but they bring dedication, life experiences, diversity, and leadership qualities to the classroom," said Scott Knapp, President of CMCC, in announcing the designation. "We are committed to helping them succeed."
All of Maine's community colleges assist veterans during the admissions process to help them make the most of their military experience and training. In addition, members of the Armed Forces, and their dependents, qualify for in-state tuition rates at Maine's community colleges during their period of active duty in Maine. At CMCC, approximately 100 veterans are enrolled at the college, which recently formed a Veterans' Student Organization on campus.
MCCS Flu Info

Tip of the Month

Maine's community colleges are all working to prepare for a potential outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus on campus this fall. Learn some of the simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs that cause the flu, and get flu updates from the college in your area.

Devin Beliveau appointed to Board of Trustees -- Devin Beliveau of Kittery has been appointed to the MCCS Board of Trustees. Beliveau holds a master's in education from Stanford University and is a history and government teacher at Thornton Academy in Saco.
YCCC prepares dislocated workers for employment -- Eleven students, all recently laid-off from either Prime Tanning or RR Donnelly, have graduated from a 90-hour, re-employment training session. The college partnered with Noble Adult Education and Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. to offer the first WorkReady Credential Training Course, which included basic computer and interview skills, resume writing, and other skills necessary for success in the workplace.
KVCC Celebrates 40th Anniversary -- KVCC celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday, October 3, with a day-long party. Events included live music, children's activities, an alumni reception, campus tours, a craft fair and book sale, program demonstrations, hay rides, exhibits, and refreshments. The college was founded in 1969 and today enrolls more than 2,200 students.
NMCC, Larkin Enterprises offer internships to wind power tech students -- NMCC and Larkin Enterprises, Inc., an international company that provides services to the energy industry, have partnered to offer paid internships for students enrolled in NMCC's wind power technology program. The arrangement will provide students with hands-on skills and possible employment with the company once they graduate. Forty students are enrolled in NMCC's new wind power program this fall.
MCCS accepting entries for writing contest -- Maine high school juniors are invited to submit entries for A Journey Into Writing, a statewide writing contest sponsored by MCCS in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Entries will be accepted through December 1. The contest will be judged by award winning Maine authors Wesley McNair, Monica Wood, and Richard Ford.
EMCC students chosen as George J. Mitchell Scholars -- Kathryn Harlan and Christopher Young, both EMCC students, will each spend a semester this year at the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland, thanks to the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Exchange program. Created by the MCCS and the University of Maine System, the program pays tribute to the Honorable George J. Mitchell in recognition of his efforts to facilitate peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland. To date, the exchange program has enabled 22 MCCS students to study in Ireland and 16 Irish students to attend a Maine community college.
YCCC's Shaffer named counselor of the year -- YCCC's Jessica Shaffer has been named Counselor of the Year by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC). Shaffer is the Assistant Admissions Director at the college. The award honors six counselors from the New England states for "the honesty, patience, thoroughness and sensitivity that characterize their work with students, parents, and professionals."
WCCC's indoor rock climbing wall is open to the public -- Beginners and experienced climbers are invited to check out WCCC's Outdoor Adventure Center's indoor climbing wall.  For a small fee, equipment and instruction are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the St. Croix Hall Gym. More information is available at WCCC's Outdoor Adventure Center website.

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