Top Stories: March 19 Campus Connections

College visits to SMCC accelerate

Interested in transferring after graduation? Admissions representatives from baccalaureate colleges will visit SMCC more than a dozen times in the coming weeks.

Between now and early May, four-year institutions will set up tables in the Campus Center in South Portland and in the Learning Commons on the Midcoast Campus to answer questions and provide information about their schools. Some will hold one-on-one meetings with SMCC students by appointment.

Every year, large numbers of SMCC graduates transfer to private and public colleges and universities across Maine, New England and the country.

Here’s a schedule of visits by college admissions representatives in the coming month. Unless otherwise noted, all visits are in the Campus Center on the South Portland Campus.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: St. Joseph’s College
  • Wednesday, March 21, 10 am.-3 p.m.: University of Maine at Augusta
  • Thursday, March 22, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: University of Maine (Orono)
  • Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Midcoast Campus Learning Commons: University of Maine at Augusta
  • Monday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: University of New England
  • Monday, March 26, 1-4 p.m.: Vermont Tech
  • Thursday, March 29, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: University of Southern Maine
  • Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Midcoast Campus Learning Commons: University of Southern Maine
  • Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: University of Maine at Augusta
  • Thursday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Merrimack College
  • Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: University of Maine (Orono)
  • Wednesday, April 11, time TBD: Bryant University
  • Tuesday, April 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: St. Joseph’s College
  • Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: University of Southern Maine
  • Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: University of Maine at Augusta
  • Monday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: University of New England
  • Tuesday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: University of Maine (Orono)
  • Thursday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: University of New England

All schools will staff information tables, and the University of Maine, USM, UMA and UNE also offer appointments. To sign up for an appointment, stop by the Advising Office or send an email to

To view any late changes or additions, students can check out the calendar on My Career & Transfer on My Maine Guide on the student portal.

SMCC Foundation scholarship applications now open

Applications are now available for SMCC Foundation scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarships can help soften the financial obligations of attending college.

The deadline to apply is September 5. You can access the application by:

  • Going to My Money on the SMCC student portal and clicking on the “Apply for a Foundation scholarship” in the Scholarship Opportunities section in the center of the
  • Or going to on the SMCC website for directions on how to apply.

When you apply, much of the online application will be filled out with information you have already provided to SMCC. You will automatically be considered for any scholarship for which you qualify, but you need to complete the application form and write a short personal statement to help us understand your circumstances.

You also have an opportunity to write a statement of financial need, which is particularly important for students who have financial need but do not qualify for federal financial aid.

For additional information, please contact the SMCC Foundation Office at or 741-5559.

ESOL-to-EMT graduates meet with prospective employer

A group of graduates from SMCC’s ESOL-to-EMT program met with representatives from Maine’s largest ambulance service to discuss job opportunities.

The graduates — several of whom are continuing their studies in hopes of earning a degree at SMCC —met with Paul Beaupre and Mike Deshaies of North East Mobile Health Services on Feb. 27 at the McKernan Center. They passed out resumes and talked with Beaupre and Deshaies about the steps they need to take to gain employment with North East.

SMCC has been offering the ESOL-to-EMT classes for the past year to train new Mainers to become EMTs to meet industry needs. The program provides immigrants an opportunity to learn EMT and interpreting skills, take an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course and become state-certified as emergency medical technicians.

Many of the students in the program have medical backgrounds in their native countries but aren’t working in medical fields here in Maine because of language barriers and licensing requirements.
Pamela Nyoto was a nurse in her homeland of Burundi and has already obtained an EMT license since completing the class.

“This is a great program,” Nyoto said at the job fair. “It helps those with medical backgrounds get back into the medical field again.”

All Faiths Chapel here for you

The All Faiths Chapel is used for many things: prayer, reflection, poetry readings, weddings and more.

The small, white-clapboard building atop the hill on Fort Road was dedicated in the fall of 1983. Built by students and faculty in the Construction Technology program, it is officially named the Carl R. Flink All Faiths Veterans’ Chapel in honor of the longtime faculty member who spearheaded the construction of the building.

The simple and charming building has eight pews that can seat up to 40 people. It is rented out for wedding ceremonies, and is open to SMCC students and employees from morning until 9 p.m. each day.

Students, faculty and staff gather there several times in April for poetry readings as part of National Poetry Reading Month.