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Maine Community College System

News Release
MCCS PRESIDENT JOHN FITZSIMMONS TO ADDRESS LEGISLATURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 9, 2005
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mccs.me.edu

AUGUSTA, Maine—John Fitzsimmons, President of the Maine Community College System, will address a joint session of the 122nd Maine Legislature next Tuesday, February 15, 2005. President Fitzsimmons will give his remarks at 11:00 am in the House Chamber. He will be followed by University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph Westphal.

The heads of Maine's two public higher education systems are invited to address the Legislature on a biannual basis, to report on the state of their respective systems. The Maine Community College System, like UMS, is a quasi-independent State entity governed by a Board of Trustees.

The address by Dr. Fitzsimmons will be the first formal update for the Legislature on the state of the Maine Community College System since it was officially established from the former technical college system in spring 2003.

Members of the MCCS Board of Trustees, and the seven Community College presidents, will be in attendance, in the Chamber balcony, for the address.

MCCS is a comprehensive two-year public college system, offering career and transfer programs, customized training, and lifelong learning to approximately 20,000 credit and noncredit students each year through its seven colleges and eight off-campus centers. The colleges offer more than 300 associate degree, certificate, and diploma options in health care, education, business, liberal studies, computer fields, hospitality, automotive, electronics, manufacturing, marine fields, public safety, and other fields. Ninety-five percent of community college graduates are placed in jobs or continue their education.

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