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UMM, UMFK team up for Early College partnership

April 27, 2016
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MACHIAS - The University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine at Fort Kent are piloting a new, online Early College partnership. The two campuses will now collaborate to expand the number of course choices for Early College students throughout the State of Maine.

UMM has a long established Early College program and by working with Rural U, UMM will be marketing its early college offerings to high school juniors and seniors through a network of more than 90high schools across the state.

The partnership - Rural U Down East - builds on UMFK's successful Rural U Early College and Dual Enrollment Program. UMM and UMFK offer a different menu of online course offerings so this partnership expands opportunities and options for juniors and seniors throughout the Rural U high school network.

'UMM is pleased to collaborate with UMFK on this project,' said UMM Interim Provost Dr. Kay Kimball of the pilot. 'We already offer high quality Early College experiences to our participating schools and this arrangement will allow us to serve a greater area. We look forward to working with Scott and his staff as the partnership develops.'

Scott Voisine, Dean of Community Education at UMFK and the administrator responsible for Rural U, added 'Rural U is very excited to be working with UMM. Both our campuses serve rural communities and are dedicated to a high level of student service and quality programs. We hope this is the beginning of further collaborations in the future.'

Early college and dual enrollment programs are growing in Maine and in the country. These programs allow high school students to experience college learning while still in high school, thus better preparing them for future higher education pursuits. Programs like Rural U and Rural U Down East provide a more affordable pathway to college and can have a very positive impact on post-secondary aspirations. National studies show that high school students who participate in such programs are more likely to attend college and stay in college until graduation.

For further information contact Christy Alley, UMM's High School Transitions Advisor at207-255-1268or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Scott Voisine, UMFK's Dean of Community Education at207-834-8644or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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