Welcome to SMCC
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Welcome to Southern Maine Community College, where we welcome, prepare and inspire all to learn, succeed and lead.
No college has a more picturesque setting than our ocean-side campus in South Portland. Our Midcoast Campus in Brunswick has grown to include many of the same programs and services that have made SMCC successful for 70 years. You can create your future with SMCC online or at satellite locations throughout southern Maine, as well.
With low tuition and fees that minimize college debt, SMCC helps people start smart in their college careers. Our more than 40 degree programs provide a wide array of opportunities. You’ll benefit from hands-on learning with faculty who maintain active partnerships with employers and community leaders.
At SMCC you’ll also finish strong — whether you transfer or enter the workforce directly. Ninety-four percent of our students gain employment or continue their education within nine months of graduation.
With three residence halls, eight athletic teams, dozens of student activities and a beach, we offer a comprehensive college experience. Students who juggle classes, jobs and family find that SMCC is flexible and tremendously supportive.
We are committed to your success. SMCC transforms lives and communities through education and training.
Biography of Ronald G. Cantor, Ph.D.
President, Southern Maine Community College
Dr. Ronald G. Cantor has been President of Southern Maine Community College since 2011. He holds degrees from Syracuse University (Ph.D., cultural foundations of education/history), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.Ed., educational administration), and the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (B.S., administration).
With 40 degree and certificate programs SMCC serves 6,000 students on two full-service campuses plus seven satellite sites and online. It is Maine’s largest, oldest and most diverse community college as well as the third largest undergraduate institution in the state.
Dr. Cantor is active with numerous community organizations and initiatives including those committed to student success, workforce and cultural development, health care and history. He and his wife, Alexandra Bennett, have two daughters: Katharine XiangFei and Julia RuiMin, both adopted from China.
History of SMCC
Southern Maine Community College has grown and evolved over the years, but our goal remains the same: to transform lives and communities through education and training.
When SMCC was founded in 1946 in Augusta, it opened as the Maine Vocational Technical Institute to serve returning World War II veterans who needed to learn new skills as the economy transitioned from wartime to peace. When it outgrew its space in Augusta, MVTI moved in 1952 to SMCC’s current location, on the site of decommissioned Fort Preble overlooking beautiful Casco Bay in South Portland.
In the 1960s, MVTI changed its name to Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institution and began awarding its first Associate in Applied Science degrees. Another name change came in the 1980s, when SMVTI became Southern Maine Technical College after the Maine Legislature changed the name of the state’s Vocational Technical Institute System to the Maine Technical College System.
The transformation continued in 2003 when the Maine Legislature established the Maine Community College System to provide affordable postsecondary education as a pathway to the workforce or to a baccalaureate institution. The College name was changed once more, to Southern Maine Community College.
SMCC experienced rapid growth after becoming a community college, with enrollment nearly tripling in a decade. In 2011, we added a second campus, the Midcoast Campus in Brunswick, located on the site of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.
SMCC has come a long way from a small school in Augusta to Maine’s largest community college. We now serve more than 6,000 students from around the state and around the globe, and offer more than 40 degree and certificate programs at our campuses in South Portland and Brunswick, online and at satellite locations throughout southern Maine.
Want to know all the exciting things that are happening at SMCC? To learn more and view our online college newsletter, visit our Campus Connections webpage.