The University of Maine at Augusta will be offering “College Completion Day” on Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its 11 locations statewide. These information sessions are especially geared to adults with college credits but no degree, which currently includes approximately 189,000 Mainers (20% of the 25+ population).
According to Educate Maine’s 2017 Indicators Report, 66 percent of high-wage, in-demand Maine job openings from 2014 to 2024 will require some level of post-secondary education, but only 43 percent of Maine adults hold a “credential of value” (a college degree, a certificate or an industry credential). UMA is helping to close that skills gap, and playing a critical role in the State’s goal of having 60 percent of Mainers with a credential of value by 2025.
College Completion Day at UMA will give degree seekers the opportunity to talk with professional academic advisors about how to create a path to degree completion. Detailed information about admissions, registration, financial aid, academic advising and more will be available at each location. Appointments will not be necessary, and all walk-ins are welcome.
“We welcome all adults who want to explore what it takes to finish their college degree,” said Brandy Finck, Associate Vice President for Admission and Student Financial Services. “Although almost half of our new students this fall were traditional-aged recent high school graduates, UMA’s average student age is in the mid-30’s. We know how to serve all students, no matter what their age might be.”
“Adult students can be vulnerable when returning to college. Many who previously left college did so because life events got in the way,” said Deb Meehan, Executive Director of the eight UMA Centers. “We have two campuses and eight Centers throughout Maine that are staffed to help students succeed and help with challenges they face along the way to success.”
The Spring Semester at UMA starts January 22 so this is an ideal time to learn more and apply. For more information and to find the UMA location closest to your home or work, visit uma.edu/finish.
The University of Maine at Augusta has been a leader in providing access to a cost-effective and quality education since 1965. With campuses in Augusta and Bangor, eight Centers from Saco to Houlton, more than 30 additional course sites, and many programs available completely online, UMA is uniquely equipped to support adults completing their degrees.