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University of Maine Adult Degree Completion Scholarship [Lawrence Adult Education]

University of Maine Adult Degree Completion Scholarship

Maine adults who want to return to college may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years with the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund started this past year by the University of Maine System.

The System’s find aims to help Maine people complete their academic studies—many adults started their university education years ago, but did not complete a degree program for some reason, likely due to family or work obligations.

The scholarships are for adult students returning to a University of Maine System institution after an absence of three years or more, and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree. Courses may be taken at any of the seven universities in Maine.

“Maine has over 200,000 adults with some college, but no degree,” explained UMS Chancellor James H. Page. “That is a significant stranded cost—both in terms of monies invested and opportunities lost.

Our goal is to work with these folks to help them achieve their educational goals and move Maine forward.”

Those adults returning to a university will be in good company. At the University of Maine System, adult students age 25 or older currently represent more than 36% of all students enrolled in degree programs and more than 60% of those attending part-time.

Currently there are very few scholarships or other forms of financial aid available in Maine for adults, especially those who work full-time.

“One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education,” noted Rosa Redonnett, UMS Chief Student Affairs Officer. “Since our goal is degree completion, we’ve set up a tiered scholarship program so Mainers who have previously earned a significant number of credits are incentivized to quickly complete their degrees. And we are also providing smaller scholarships for those who have completed a handful of courses toward a degree, but want to finish that work.”

In addition, a new “concierge” service has been established to guide students to assist adult students, in the same way that the hospitality industry has concierges to help guide guests to explore a new area. The university concierges, based in 15 Maine communities, will help adult students achieve their educational goals through activities such as applying to a university, choosing a major, finding financial assistance, and registering for courses.

“Unlike traditional age students, most adults are also balancing work, family, and other commitments,” said Bonnie Newsom of Eddington, a member of the UMS Board of Trustees who also serves on the Adult Baccalaureate Completion Distance Education (ABCDE) committee. “As a result, financial help and the assistance of a concierge may mean the difference between finishing that degree—or not.”

Newsom added that the scholarship fund and concierge service are part of a larger, statewide adult degree completion effort under way at the System.

The ABCDE committee was created as a result of a Board of Trustees directive in 2012 to develop and implement a System-wide plan to enhance baccalaureate degree attainment and completion by Maine's adult and non-campus based citizens. Efforts under way will incorporate consideration of the multiple pathways that students may follow such as certificates, associate degrees, and prior learning assessment.

Applications for Fall 2015 are currently being accepted and will be reviewed after the deadline of 1 August 2015. The online application may be found here. Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for the scholarship:


  • · Must be a resident of the state of Maine.
  • · Must be a matriculated student at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • · Must be an undergraduate reentry student who has experienced a gap (three years or more) in the pursuit of postsecondary education. (Students who returned to higher education beginning in Spring 2015 or more recently will be considered).
  • · Must have previously earned a minimum of 30 credits from any institution.
  • · Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA.
  • · Must be registered at least part time: 6‐8 credits per semester.


Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state’s largest educational enterprise. It has an annual enrollment of nearly 40,000 students and serves over 500,000 individuals annually through educational and cultural offerings. Two-thirds of its alumni—approximately 120,000 people—live in Maine. The University of Maine System features seven universities—some with multiple campuses—located across the state, as well as eight University College outreach centers, a law school, and an additional 31 course sites. For more information, visit


Posted by Kathy Cote  on May 26, 2015 | Read more in: News

Adult Education Graduation [Bonny Eagle Adult Education]




You Are Invited to Join in the Celebration of Our Graduating Class of 2015

Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Bonny Eagle High School Auditorium



Posted by Linda Winton  on May 21, 2015 | Read more in: Events

Summer Class [Monmouth/Winthrop Adult & Community Education]

Winthrop Adult Education will hold a class for students in the class of 2018 who have not met proficiency in one or more standard. Classes will be help this summer for eight weeks for three hours each week from 9:00AM - noon. The class will begin on June 23 and end on August 18. No class the week of July 4th. Students will complete one or more of the Standards to meet a proficiency in which they are deficient. Students will not be awarded a cedit in the course but will complete one or more of the Standards.

The cost per class is $50. If the student needs to purchase a text to complete the Standard, they are responsible for the cost.

Please call the adult ed office at  377-2265 no later than June 17 to enroll in the class.


Posted by Wendy Shoppe  on May 21, 2015

Dr. Donna Beegle - Opportunity Conference [Crooked River Adult Education / Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

Dr. Donna Beegle to speak at the "Opportunity Conference" in Bridgton in July!

On Friday, July 24th, local organizations are coming together to host an Opportunity Conference in Bridgton.  The Opportunity Communities model provides guidance with implementing a community wide approach called the "Opportunity Community".  The process bridges the gap between social service operations and the people who need them by creating a system where everyone is working together, and people in poverty are given opportunities to realize their strengths and reach their potential for moving forward.  When communities come together to harness the value of everyone, lives are changed forever. For more information on this conference please check here.

To register for this class check here.


Posted by Darlene Perry  on May 20, 2015

Save the Date ~ Graduation Class of 2015 [Monmouth/Winthrop Adult & Community Education]

 Monmouth/Winthrop Adult Ed Class of 2015 graduation is Monday, June 8, 7:00PM, at the Bailey Public Library, 39 Bowdoin Street in Winthrop. This year's keynote speaker will be Julia Sleeper, Executive Director of Tree Street Youth. Join us in celebrating our Class of 2015 Diploma and HiSET recipients and students who have completed the College Transitions Program.



Posted by Wendy Shoppe  on May 20, 2015 | Read more in: News

Summer Flyer [Crooked River Adult Education / Fryeburg Area Adult Education]


Posted by Darlene Perry  on May 19, 2015




 Offered at Skowhegan Area High School

Earn college credits through:


    Via interactive-television classes offered at times that fit your busy schedule.









Posted by Kalee Baker  on May 19, 2015 | Read more in: Events and News

PVAEC Holds Pinning Ceremony for CNA Graduates, May 2015 [PVAEC - Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative]



CNA Grads May 2015Congratulations to our most recent group of CNA graduates! Pictured here are (back row) L to R Nancy Gothrow, Annie Stewart, and Nena Foster with (front row) instructor Sue Duplisea, RN. 


Posted by Hilda Roberts  on May 18, 2015

University, College and Distance Learning [Crooked River Adult Education / Fryeburg Area Adult Education]

University College

Crooked River Adult Education is pleased to be a Delayed Viewing Site for University College, allowing residents of our region access to hundreds of online degree programs offered by the University of Maine system.  Students view recorded ITV class lectures online. Students go to Crooked River Adult Education for exams, to collect materials, and to use the computer lab.  Please note: if you are a new student to the University of Maine system contact Erica Watson at 207-282-4111 or  If you are a returning University of Maine student you can go to  Once there click on the Maine Street icon at the top of the page. This will take you to the Maine street section.  On the left click on the Distance learning class search. This will bring you to the Maine street portal where you can choose the academic term and location.  On the location drop down menu please select "Bridgton - delayed viewing".  Doing so will ensure that your classes will be linked to our program and you can access our building for assistance, tests and exams and receiving your books for class.  Please call Erica or us for further assistance.    

Listed below are the Degree and Certificate programs available at a distance: 

University of August - UMA

University of Machias - UMA

University of ME Fort Kent - UMFK

University of ME Orono - UM

University of Southern ME  - USM

University of ME Presque Isle - UMPI 

Complete  online programs include (but are not limited to):

Accounting                                                                                                                                                                          Early Childhood Education                                                                                                                                                 Information Security                                                                                                                                                               Applied Health HIT                                                                                                                                                          Computer Info Systems                                                                                                                                                       Foods & Nutrition                                                                                                                                                                   Medical Lab Technology                                                                                                                                                    Criminal Justice                                                                                                                                                           Paralegal Studies                                                                                                                                                             Dental Hygeine                                                                                                                                                          Healthcare Mgt                                                                                                                                                                  Substance Abuse Rehab                                                                                                                                                          GIS (Geographic Info Systems)                                                                                                                                       Emergency Mgt/Homeland Security                                                                                                                                     Leadership and Org Studies

Visit or call 1-800-868-7000 for more info.

SMCC Fall Schedule -  Coming soon

CMCC Fall Schedule -  Coming soon

Ed2go / Gaitlin Education

Ed2Go now offers over 300 comprehensive, in-depth, career related courses that you can take on your own time from the comfort and convenience of your own home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of these lead to industry recognized certifications and licenses.

Here is some of the categories offered:  

Business and Professional

Healthcare and Fitness

Hospitality and Service Industry

Management and Corporate

Foreign Language

Computer technology

Starting your own business

For more info, visit or call 207-627-4291 ext. 21.



Posted by Darlene Perry  on May 17, 2015