Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 1 : Summer 2009 - Page 63

Technology, innovation, outreach and partnership cornerstones to Northern Maine Community College growth and service to local region by Karen GOnya The recent addition and expansion of new degree were added to the College at the request of local healthcare programs in allied health and in the rapidly growing organizations, as examples of NMCC’s proactive work in the wind power technology field, as well as advances in new region. technology and outreach to communities and businesses Expansion of College programs and services throughout Aroostook County, have well-positioned throughout the County has also provided area residents Northern Maine Community College to meet the region’s increased access to higher education. NMCC, in current and future workforce and economic development partnership with Houlton Regional Hospital, has doubled needs. the number of students enrolled in its distant nursing On the heels of an academic year that saw a double- program in Southern Aroostook, and will this fall, in digit enrollment increase, and unprecedented activity, partnership with the St. John Valley Adult and Community Maine’s northernmost community college finds itself in Education Collaborative, offer both its nursing and early the midst of its busiest summer session in recent memory childhood education associate degree programs on-site in the and well-poised for this coming fall. The high number of Valley. An additional partnership with the Loring Job Corps students taking courses over the Center will open wider the doors to summer on campus is largely higher education for students in the attributed to the section of Job Corps program nationwide. classes for displaced workers NMCC has also taken that the College began offering significant steps toward enhancing in early March, shortly after student learning through unique a large number of layoffs in partnerships with, and support from, the region. Classes for the 45 the business community. In the past students enrolled in the special year, the College has opened the first program, for which NMCC Allied Health Simulation Center has been lauded statewide, north of Bangor with the support will continue through the of the Anthem Blue Cross Blue summer, and the students will Shield Foundation, a new Business matriculate into specific degree Technology Center through the programs at the start of the next generosity of MMG Insurance and semester. is preparing to celebrate the opening “The mission of of a newly renovated lecture hall, the College and the efforts complete with the latest in video of our faculty and staff are conferencing technology, funded first and foremost to meet through the U.S. Department of the educational, training Health and Human Services with the and economic development support of Senators Olympia Snowe needs of the region we serve,” and Susan Collins. said NMCC President Tim The efforts of the College Crowley. “Our commitment were recently recognized by the to the betterment of and to the Commission on Institutions of people of Aroostook County Higher Education of New England In a training session this spring utilizing the is unwavering and with strong Association of School and Colleges technology in the new Allied Health Simulation community support and feedback,Center, senior nursing students (foreground, from – the accrediting body for postwe have achieved a great deal in left) Julie Ellis and Amber Broome perform an secondary schools throughout the the past year toward that end.” assessment on a pediatric “p