Top Stories: February 24 Campus Connections

Fall registration kicks off March 2

March is the perfect time to plan ahead and meet with an advisor to plan your Fall Semester schedule and register.

Current students can get a jump on the semester by registering for classes in early March. Registration for current degree-seeking students begins:

  • At 8 a.m. Monday, March 2, for current students with 30 or more credits and veterans.
  • At 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, for current students with fewer than 30 credits.

March is Advising Month, and students are encouraged to meet with their faculty or staff advisor to review their degree audit, ask questions about which classes to take, plan their Fall Semester schedule and register. Students can search and register for courses on My Maine Guide.

Students can schedule a meeting with their faculty advisors or attend a drop-in advising session if available for their program. Information will be posted on My Maine Guide and throughout campus about drop-in sessions.

Students can drop into the Advising Office and meet with an advisor in the South Portland Campus Center and the Midcoast Campus L.L.Bean Learning Commons during normal business hours.

They can also text questions to 207-618-6327, email the Advising Office at or use the Advising Chat tool on My Maine Guide from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through March.

For those looking to save time, advisors are available to meet during lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 16-19 in the South Portland Campus Oceanview Dining Hall. On the Midcoast Campus, students can have breakfast with an advisor between 8-11 a.m. on March 16-19. A light breakfast will be provided.


Learn about transfer opportunities at Transfer Fair

Students can learn about transfer opportunities to colleges and universities in Maine and across New England at the Spring Transfer Fair.

More than two dozen four-year institutions will be at the Transfer Fair, which will be held in the South Portland Campus Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, February 27.

The fair allows students to talk to admissions representatives from multiple schools in a single visit to learn about academic programs, financial aid, student life and other things that go into deciding where to continue their education.

This year’s participants include public and private schools, both small and large, from across Maine and New England.

  • Bentley University (Massachusetts)
  • Bryant University (Rhode Island)
  • Colby-Sawyer College (New Hampshire)
  • Husson University (Maine)
  • Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island)
  • Maine College of Art
  • Merrimack College (Massachusetts)
  • Northern Vermont University
  • Plymouth State University (New Hampshire)
  • Purdue University Global (online)
  • Joseph’s College of Maine
  • Suffolk University (Massachusetts)
  • University of Maine at Orono
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Maine at Machias
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • University of New England (Maine)
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Vermont Tech

Horticulture Job Fair connects students and employers

More than two dozen businesses representing a wide cross-section of the horticulture industry took part in the February 19 horticulture job fair that connected students with companies looking to hire.

The Horticulture program has held job fairs for years aimed at helping students in search of jobs, and helping businesses in search of summer and full-time employees.

This year’s event, held in Jewett Hall, included landscape design, landscape maintenance, property management firms, nurseries, greenhouses, botanical gardens, and other businesses.

Dan Rackauskas, a second-year horticulture student, attended the fair in hopes of finding a permanent position following graduation this spring.

“I’m looking for something that has growth prospects in a field I love so I can launch a new career,” he said while meeting with exhibitors at the fair.

For employers, the fair offers an opportunity to connect with prospective employees.

Lee Skillin, an SMCC horticulture alumnus who works for his family’s company, Skillins Greenhouses, said horticulture businesses scramble for employees this time of year with the spring and summer seasons looming.

“It’s such a tight job market that even if we find just one employee a season from this job fair, that’s great,” he said. “That’s the goal.”


Immunization clinic to be held March 4

For students who need immunizations in order to register for the Fall, SMCC is holding a walk-in immunization clinic from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the South Portland Campus Center.

Maine law requires all degree-seeking students and full-time, non-degree students born after December 31, 1956, to provide the following proof of immunizations:

  • One dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td or Tdap) received within the last 10 years.
  • Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) received after your first birthday.  If measles immunization was done prior to 1968, students must provide proof it was done with a live virus.

SMCC has made arrangements so no payment is required at the clinic. Instead, students will give permission for the charges to be added to their bill. No appointment is necessary.

If you have a primary doctor, bring a prescription for the vaccination. If you have insurance, be sure to bring your insurance card.

Questions? Please contact the Advising Office at or 741-5835.