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Maine Technical College System

News Release
Maine's Technical Colleges Celebrate National Community College Month

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, April 2, 2002
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mtcs.net

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's seven Technical Colleges are joining hundreds of two-year colleges around the nation this month to celebrate National Community College Month. Open houses, workshops and other special events will be offered during the month-long celebration.

"This celebration gives us the opportunity to reflect on the significant impact of two-year colleges in providing access to college and preparing a skilled workforce," said John Fitzsimmons, President of the Maine Technical College System. "Like other two-year colleges, the Technical Colleges' low cost and extra support make college possible for people of all ages, economic situations and educational backgrounds," he said.

There are more than 1,100 two-year community colleges across the U.S. In total, 5.4 million Americans are enrolled in credit courses at two-year colleges, and another 5 million are taking advantage of worker training, personal enrichment and lifelong learning opportunities. (Facts about Maine Technical Colleges and two-year colleges)

This year's celebration is particularly timely as Maine educators and policy leaders grapple with Maine's low college attainment levels. There is a growing consensus that Maine's two-year Technical Colleges need to be expanded to serve more students -- in both occupational and liberal studies transfer programs. The System's goal is to increase enrollment from the current 6,400 degree students to at least 10,000. In Maine, 15 percent of under-graduates enroll in Maine's public two-year colleges, compared with 42 percent nationally.

Enrollment in Maine's seven Technical Colleges has grown 78 percent since 1989. One of the fastest growing programs is the Associate in Arts transfer program, which was created in 1999. This spring, over 1,000 students are enrolled in the program, which provides the foundation courses needed for most baccalaureate programs as well as for associate degree career programs.

Maine's seven Technical Colleges are located in Wells, South Portland, Auburn, Fairfield, Bangor, Presque Isle and Calais. Off-campus centers are located in South Paris, Bridgton, Ellsworth, East Millinocket, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Caribou, Houlton, Van Buren and Machias. A new center is being established in Bath.

National Community College Month is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees. For a list of activities, see the following calendar or contact your local Technical College.

National Community College Month Events at Maine’s Technical Colleges

  • April 1-30: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WCTC Segments on Channel 8 TV.”
  • April 2: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WQDY Talk of the Town,” 8:15 am. Featuring a member of WCTC Student Senate.
    York County Technical College, Wells— The Enron Situation and What It Means To All Of Us,” 11:30 am in the cafeteria. Ernie Copley, chair of the business department, will lead a campus discussion. For more info call 646-9282 x302.
  • April 4: Central Maine Technical College, Auburn— “Maine Career Advantage Information Night,” 6:30 – 8 pm in Jalbert Hall. For students and their parents. For info call Carrie Mrowka at 755-5414.
    Washington County Technical College, Calais— “Red Cross Blood Drive,” 1 – 6 pm. Student Senate sponsored. For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048.
  • April 6 Central Maine Technical College, Auburn— “OPEN HOUSE,” 9 am – 1 pm. Includes an open forum on  “Service to America” from 11 am - 12:30 pm. For info call 1-800-891-2002.
  • April 8: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WQDY, Talk of the Town  with CED Dean McGaw,” 8:15 am.
  • April 9: York County Technical College, Wells— “Relaxation with Carolann Cliche,” 4 – 6 pm in the YCTC function room. Learn about relaxation techniques that can be applied to any life situation. For info call 646-9282 x302.
  • April 10: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “Power Point Workshop,” 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Free but limited to 20 people. Students are eligible to win a free, 3-credit course from WCTC. For info call Nickey Dubey at 454-1042.
  • April 11: Central Maine Technical College, Auburn -  “CMTC in the Spotlight at the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast,”  7 – 9 am. Cost is $16. For info call the chamber at 783-2249.

  • April 12: Kennebec Valley Technical College, Fairfield— "Spousal Deafness,” 6:30 pm. Dinner Theater at the Waterville Elks Club. Cost is $25 and includes dinner and show. This is a fund raising event for student scholarships sponsored by the KVTC Alumni Association and the KVTC Foundation. For info call 1-800-528-5882.
    Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle— “Media Lunch,” 12 pm. Members of the media are invited to lunch with the college president. For info call 768-2808.
  • April 13: Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle— “Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Induction,” 11 am. For info call 768-2812.
  • April 15-19: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “Community Art Exhibit.” For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048.
  • April 15: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WQDY Talk of the Town with Ron Renaud,” 8:15 am.
  • April 16: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WCTC Calais Campus Cleanup and Cookout.”  Will take place all day. Public is welcome. For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048.
  • April 17: Kennebec Valley Technical College, Fairfield— “OPEN HOUSE,” 4 – 7 pm in Carter Hall. Come visit the college and learn about KVTC’s programs and services. Attend a workshop on starting college. Refreshments will be served.
    Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle— “JOB FAIR,” 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. Hosted by Alpha Beta Gamma. For info call 768-2741.
    Washington County Technical College, Calais— “Art Exhibition Reception,” 6 – 8 pm. Will feature live music. Public is welcome. For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048.
  • April 18: Washington County Technical College, Calais— “WCTC Marine Trade Center Cleanup and Cookout.” Will take place all day. Public is welcome. For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048.
  • April 19: Eastern Maine Technical College, Bangor— “OPEN HOUSE,” 8:45 am - 1 pm. For info call 941-4680.
    Washington County Technical College, Calais— “Shackford Head Trailblazing.” Will take place all afternoon. Come help build a new hiking trail. For info call Tessa Ftorek at 454-1048. “Digital Photography,” 9 am – 12 pm. Free but limited to 20 people. Students are eligible to win a free, three-credit course from WCTC. For info call Rhonda French at 454-1042.
  • April 20: Southern Maine Technical College, South Portland— “OPEN HOUSE,” 11:30 am – 4 pm. Visit the college and take a campus tour. Attend sessions on admissions, financial aid and residential life. For info call 1-877-282-2182.
  • April 22: Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle— “Athletic Awards,” 6 pm. For info call 768-2782.
  • April 24: Central Maine Technical College, Auburn— “The Importance of Being Earnest,” 7:30 pm in Kirk Hall. Also running 4/25. For info call Bonnie Santos at 755-5238.
    Maine Technical College System, Augusta— “Students of the Year Luncheon,” 12 pm. Students from each Technical College are honored for their achievements. For info call Ellyn Chase at 287-1070.
    York County Technical College, Wells— Administrative Professionals Day," 8:30 am - 4 pm. Cost is $50. Guest speakers and topics include: Deb Bomaster, "Lighten Up the Load"; Julie Cunningham, "Dress for Success"; Cheryl Klein, "The Birth Order Theory"; Martha Muldoo, "10 Ways to Avoid Being Successful." For more info call 646-9282.
  • April 25: Central Maine Technical College, Auburn— “First Annual Secretaries Day Conference,” 8 am - 3:30 pm. The day includes career development workshops and a four-course lunch. Cost is $99. For info call Jennifer Lyons 755-5280.
    Northern Maine Technical College, Presque Isle— “Student Honors and Achievement Awards,” 7 pm. For info call 768-2809.
    Washington County Technical College, Calais— “FAME Career Awareness Day.” Hosted by WCTC. For more info call Marsha Weston with FAME at 1-800-228-3734.
  • April 27: Central Maine Technical College, Auburn— “I’ve Got the Power,” 9 am – 3 pm. Registrations for the conference are limited. For more info contact Paula Rockwell at 755-5325. “Advocates for Children Parenting Conference,” 8 am – 4 pm. Cost is $25. Call Advocates for Children at 783-3990.
  • April 30: York County Technical College, Wells— “ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP,” 5:30-7:30 pm. Tour the campus and receive information about YCTC and degree programs. Complete an application for admission or take it home. Learn about the financial aid process, including scholarship searches, and get assistance while reviewing the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. For more info call 646-9282 x305.

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