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UMA Rockland Receives Generous Gift to Expand and Upgrade Science Education

Aerial view of the UMA Rockland Center located inside the Breakwater Building on the coast of Rockland, Maine

ROCKLAND – The American Foundation, an Ohio private family foundation, has made a generous gift to the University of Maine at Augusta Rockland Center to expand, upgrade and enhance its science education teaching space in support of nursing and medical laboratory technology degree programs.

The American Foundation’s generous gift of $85,000 to UMA Rockland will support a renovation of the science classroom and its adjacent lab space plus add new microscopes, slides, spectrophotometers, skeleton, and scientific bone models for the teaching of anatomy and physiology plus expand the technology to support instruction.

In the Fall of 2019, the UMA Rockland Center accepted 20 new students into UMA’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With a serious nursing shortage statewide, UMA’s renewed commitment to educating nurses is important to meeting nursing shortages in the midcoast area. With clinical instruction planned for local hospitals, UMA’s program will educate students who plan to live and work locally in the health care field.

According to UMA Rockland’s Director, Deborah Meehan, “We are incredibly grateful to The American Foundation as they give generously to support the highest quality science education for local health care professionals. This will allow us to dramatically improve our science education programming at the Rockland Center.”

Jan Corning of The American Foundation says that “We at the Foundation are pleased to support such a worthwhile and needed endeavor in Midcoast Maine. Addressing the nursing shortage here can lead to better healthcare for all of the area’s population.”

“Addressing the nursing shortage here can lead to better healthcare for all of the area’s population.”

The University of Maine at Augusta is currently accepting new applications to its nursing and medical laboratory technology programs for the Fall of 2020. Applications are due by January 31, 2020 and the process is very competitive. For more information about Fall registration, contact UMA Admissions at 1-877.862.1234.

The UMA Rockland Center is one of nine UMA centers in Maine where students can take courses, pursue degrees, and receive all the support needed to earn a university degree close to home, taking classes that fit into busy family and work life. Courses are taught by faculty on-site, online, via interactive television, or two-way videoconferencing.

UMA Rockland has served the midcoast area for more than 30 years, providing access to more than 30 university degree and certificate programs with small class sizes, personalized support services, tutoring in math and writing, and local scholarships. Students may choose from over 40 university courses offered each fall and spring semester, morning, afternoon and evening in a face-to-face format. In addition, more than 500 courses are offered through distance education technologies.

UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.