UMA Rockland opened registration this week for high school students seeking early college opportunities for the Spring Semester which begins January 21.
The University of Maine System’s High School Aspirations Program allows high school students to earn both college and high school credits simultaneously. Students may take up to 6 credits per term and pay no tuition and fees.
According to UMA Rockland Director, Deborah Meehan, the UMA Rockland Center welcomes about 60 local high school students each term. Students typically enroll in general education courses which will apply to any college no matter their future plans. Students are encouraged to attend face-to-face classes but some do enroll in online opportunities and other courses offered through distance education technologies.
Meehan noted that recommended Early College courses for the Spring Semester include: Digital Photography, General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Business Management, Web Applications, Chemistry for the Life Sciences, Public Speaking, College Writing, Intro. to Literature, Creative Writing, US History, Principles of Investigation, Statistics, and Intro. to Psychology.
Interested students are encouraged to meet with their high school guidance counselors to discuss options that meet their curriculum needs. In addition, students are encouraged to explore the program with a University academic advisor at the UMA Rockland Center.
The High School Aspirations Program is an extraordinary opportunity for high schoolers to get ahead, prove college readiness and save money on tuition in the long run. Our HSA students are motivated and eager to learn in a new setting with a different set of peers. It also can serve to boost their college admissions applications.
— Deborah Meehan, UMA Rockland Director