Top Stories: Oct 11. Campus Connections


Transfer Fair to feature 30-plus schools

Interested in transferring after graduation? Come to the Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 20, where more than 30 four-year universities and colleges will be on hand for SMCC’s annual Transfer Fair.
Colleges in attendance come from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The fair, which is held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., serves as a place where student can do some one-stop transfer shopping by learning about the schools’ academic programs, financial aid, student life and other things that go into deciding where to transfer.

This year’s participants include public and private schools, both small and large:

  • Bentley University, MA
  • Bryant University, RI
  • Colby-Sawyer College, NH
  • Emerson College, MA
  • Husson University, ME
  • Johnson & Wales University, RI
  • Kaplan University, ME
  • Lesley University, MA
  • Lyndon State University, VT
  • Maine College of Art, ME
  • Maine Maritime Academy, ME
  • MCPHS University, MA
  • Merrimack College, MA
  • New England College of Business, MA
  • Nichols College, MA
  • Plymouth State University, NH
  • Regis College, MA
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, ME
  • Southern New Hampshire University, NH
  • Unity College, ME
  • University College (Saco & Brunswick), ME
  • University of Maine, ME
  • University of Maine at Augusta, ME
  • University of Maine at Farmington, ME
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent, ME
  • University of Maine at Machias, ME
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle, ME
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, MA
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell, MA
  • University of New England, ME
  • University of Southern Maine, ME
  • Vermont Technical College, VT


SMCC Athletics Hall of Fame to induct three

Three former SMCC student-athletes have been selected for induction into the SMCC Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 11th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held the evening of Nov. 5 in the Ortiz Atrium on the South Portland Campus. The new inductees will join 24 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams that have previously been inducted.

This year’s selections are:

  • Rick Disney, baseball, 1988-89. Rick ranks fifth all-time in earned run average among SMCC pitchers with more than 40 innings, and he accounted for 37 percent of the team’s wins in the years he played.
  • Michael Worster, basketball, 2005-08. As captain of the team, Michael was a two-time YSCC All-Conference selection in 2007 and 2008 and earned All-American honors in 2007. He ranks ninth all-time in points scored and eighth in steals.
  • Kim Hunt, softball, 2008-11. Kim was a two-time All-Conference selection and was YSCC Player of the Year in 2010. As a pitcher, she ranks first all-time in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. As a batter, she ranks sixth in runs batted in and eighth in hits.

Plumbing grads pass state Journeyman Plumber’s Exam

Fourteen students who completed SMCC’s plumbing certificate program last spring have since passed the Maine Journey Man Plumber’s Exam, a huge milestone in their quest to become full-fledged plumbers.

Congratulation are in order for Scott Grenier, Jessica Bowdidge, Matthew Benoit, Sylvan Vogel, Im Sim, Samuel Hallowell, Michael Letourneau, Cairan Maust, Jordan Muller, Theodore Olson, Joshua Pelletier, Patrick Rhodes, James Rouse and Derek Jackson.

By passing the Journeyman Plumber’s Exam, they are classified as a Journeyman Plumbers in Training, said department Chair Aaron Ford. They then need to log 2,000 hours of field experience under a master plumber, after which they become licensed journeyman plumbers.

“This is a major accomplishment for our students,” Ford said.



Program Profile: Health Science trains students for surging healthcare industry

A new state report projects that there will be more job gains in the healthcare sector than any other job sector in the years ahead.

That’s where SMCC’s Health Science programs play a vital role helping Mainers get the training and education — as well as the certifications and degrees — they need for bright futures in the fastest-growing industry in the state.

The report, Maine Workforce Outlook 2014 to 2024, says the healthcare sector will gain more jobs than any other job sector through 2024. This is no surprise given the advancing age of the Maine population as a whole. Maine has the highest median age of any state.

SMCC’s has a fall slate of health science program that prepare students for successful health careers in a variety of medical settings.

  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology

Graduates from these programs go on to successful healthcare careers in a variety of medical settings, caring for people and making a real difference in their lives. Upon completion, many of our graduates directly enter the workforce while others go on to earn advanced degrees in their fields.