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Maine Community College System

News Release
Community College Trustees to Meet At WCCC in Calais

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Oct. 22, 2004
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mccs.me.edu

Augusta, Maine — The Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System (MCCS) will hold a regularly-scheduled meeting next Wednesday, October 27th at Washington County Community College (WCCC) in Calais. The meeting will be held in the Administration Building Assembly Rom at 10:30 am.

At the meeting, which is expected to be brief, trustees will honor outgoing student trustee William Cody. Cody, who has served on the Board since March 2002, graduated from WCCC in May, with a degree in computer technology. He has accepted a position in the College's information technology department .

Trustees will also consider a request from York County Community College to establish an Associate in Science degree in Nursing. Officials at the Wells college have been working to bring the much-needed program to the region, to help meet a shortage of registered nurses (RN's) among area hospitals and health facilities. The program is on target to start in 2005/2006. Five other Maine Community Colleges offer Associate Degree Nursing programs. Together they graduate about a third of all new RN's among area hospitals and health facilities. The program is on target to start in 2005/2006. Five other Maine Community Colleges offer Associate Degree Nursing programs. Together they graduate about a third of all new RS's each year in Maine.

Inauguration of William H. Cassidy

Trustees will host the Inauguration of William H. Cassidy at 11:30 a.m. in St. Croix Hall Auditorium. Joanna Jones, Chairman of the MCCS Board of Trustees, and John Fitzsimmons, MCCS President, will give remarks, along with college representatives.

Cassidy, who was appointed president of the College last December, is a native of Calais. He has held numerous posts in secondary and postsecondary education in Maine, including leadership posts at the MCCS. He is well-regarded for his knowledge of technical education issues and curriculum. Prior to joining the System, Cassidy served as Association Commissioner of Adult and Secondary Vocational Education, at the Maine Department of Education.

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If special accommodations are needed to attend the board meeting, please contact Ellyn Chase at 629-4000 in advance of the meeting.