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Maine Community College System--News Advisory

Community College Students to be Honored for Achievement, Community Service

Friday, April 22, 2005

CONTACT: Karen Hamilton
207-767-0116 x 3

AUGUSTA, Maine – Seven Community College students will be honored for their academic and personal achievements and service to their communities at a ceremony hosted by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Board of Trustees next week.

The 2005 “Students of the Year” Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 27th at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The event will start with the award ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Joanna Jones, Chair of the MCCS Board of Trustees, will give brief remarks. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons and Trustee Jana Lapoint will present the awards.

The 2005 award winners are: Ashley Swett of Berwick (CMCC), Shawn Evans of Brewer (EMCC), Veronica Vince of Waterville (KVCC), Ryan Trosper of Limestone (NMCC), Rocco Tripaldi of Portland (SMCC), Christopher Chartrand of Addison (WCCC), and Stephen Theriault of Sanford (YCCC). The award winners were selected by college faculty and staff. 

Each of the students will be awarded a John H. Lapoint, Jr. Leadership Award in the amount of $1,000. Mr. Lapoint was president of UF Strainrite in Lewiston and a trustee of the (former) Technical College System when he passed away in 1995. Mr. Lapoint’s widow, Jana Lapoint, currently serves on the Board and helped establish the fund for the annual awards.


The MCCS Board of Trustees will hold a meeting prior to the student awards ceremony, at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2005. The meeting will be held at the MCCS System Office at 323 State Street in Augusta. 

The major agenda item for the Board meeting will be determining the tuition rate for the 2005-2006 academic year. The tuition is currently $68 per credit hour, or an average of $2,040 annually. The MCCS Board has frozen tuition at the current rate for six consecutive years, to bring Maine’s rate more in line with community colleges around the nation, and improve access to college for low-income students. In light of enrollment pressures and limited State funding, trustees are expected to increase rates for the upcoming year.

Also at the meeting, trustees will consider a request from Central Maine Community College, in Auburn, for a new certificate program in medical coding. CMCC is also requesting authorization to discontinue diploma options in several programs; the programs will continue offering other credential(s). 

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If special accommodations are needed to attend either event, please contact Ellyn Chase at 629-4007.