Maine Community College System

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Maine's Community College System is promising to help equip some students with computers and, in some cases, internet connectivity.  The community colleges plan to conduct 70 percent of classes online.

Eastern Maine Community College

The Maine Community College System (MCCS) says it will allow each of its seven campuses to undertake individual plans for reopening this fall, but the schools will all adhere to some common standards.

Eastern Maine Community College

While colleges across the country have struggled to maintain enrollment in recent years, Maine's community colleges are reporting a 6 percent increase in enrollment this fall. Preliminary numbers from the system show that each of the state's seven community colleges have more students than at this time last year.

Tuition at Maine's seven community colleges will not change for the coming school year. It will remain $94 per credit hour.

The Maine Community College System is establishing a new initiative it says will provide free short-term training in four fields that are experiencing significant shortages of skilled workers.

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The legislature’s Education Committee has unanimously endorsed a bill that would allocate $1 million per year to firefighter training facilities.

Maine is one of the few states that has no central fire training facility, which would offer trainees experience in fighting all types of fires.

Lyman and Dayton fire chief Roger Hooper says the profession requires hands on training.

“We don’t get there by watching TV and movies,” says Hooper. “We get there by having a place where we can go and practice these skills and get and competent and proficient at it.”

Community College students in Maine won't pay any more in the coming academic year than they did last year.

The Maine Community College System has announced that, thanks to increases in state funding, the cost for a full-time student will stay at about $3,600 per year.

Maine's workforce problems can't be solved without providing affordable higher education, says system Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Daigler.

Courtesy: Maine Community College System

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Community College System’s board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Derek Langhauser as president. Langhauser has served as interim president for the past year, and has served as general counsel for more than 20 years.

When former Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons stepped down from his job last February, Derek Langhauser stepped up. Since then, system Board Chair Robert Clark says Langhauser has demonstrated the kind of leadership qualities that earned him the promotion.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Community College System's interim president, Derek Langhausertop, told Maine lawmakers that flat funding of the system, as proposed in Gov. Paul LePage's two-year state budget, would mean $10 million in cuts, tuition increases or a combination of the two.

Several students and faculty said either of the outcomes would hurt Mainers and Maine businesses. Jason Glynn started as a community college student and is now pursuing another degree.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has reiterated his call for a change in leadership at the top of Maine's Community College System.

President Obama's plan to offer two years of free community college to any American is drawing praise from elected officials and educators in Maine.

Maine Community College System Hikes Tuition

May 29, 2014

The University of Maine isn't the only public, post-secondary, educational system in the state facing financial challenges. At a meeting this afternoon, trustees of the Maine Community College System voted to increase tuition by $2 per credit hour for the next school year.