Top Stories: October 7 Campus Connections

Transfer Fair to feature over 20 colleges and universities

Nearly two dozen colleges and universities in Maine and beyond will be represented at the annual Transfer Fair where students can learn about transfer opportunities after graduation.

The fair is scheduled from 11 a.m-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, in the South Portland Campus Center.

The fair allows students to do some one-stop shopping by learning about schools’ academic programs, financial aid, student life and other things that go into deciding where to transfer.

The participating schools are:

  • Bentley University (Massachusetts)
  • Granite State College (New Hampshire)
  • Husson University (Maine)
  • John Cabot University (Rome, Italy)
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Merrimack College (Massachusetts)
  • Norwich University (Vermont)
  • Plymouth State University (New Hampshire)
  • Purdue Global
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Suffolk University (Massachusetts)
  • Thomas College (Maine)
  • Unity College (Maine)
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of New England (Maine)
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Vermont Technical College

For questions or more information, please contact Transfer Services at or 207-741-5833.

30-plus employers to attend SMCC Job Fair

Brush up on your interviewing skills, dust off that resume and meet prospective employers face-to-face at the annual SMCC Fall Job Fair.

More than 30 employers will be represented at this year’s fair, to be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in the Campus Center.

Besides meeting with potential employers, you can practice your professional communication skills and learn about the job market outlook. Bring a resume, come dressed to impress and make a positive impression.

The participating companies and organizations are:

  • Avita of Brunswick
  • CareTree Healthcare
  • City of South Portland
  • Coretelligent
  • Cumberland County
  • Dowling Corp.
  • Fiber Material Inc.
  • General Dynamic Bath Iron Works
  • Great Falls Construction
  • H&R Block
  • HMS Host
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Hunting Dearborn Inc.
  • Idexx
  • Lanco Integrated
  • LearningWorks
  • Maine General Health
  • MaineHealth
  • Manpower
  • Martin’s Point Health Care
  • Patriot Subaru
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Red Cross of Maine
  • SaviLinx
  • Sodexo
  • Sullivan Tire & Auto Service
  • Texas Instruments
  • Tilson
  • U.S. Army
  • Wayfair
  • Westin Portland Harborview

For questions or more information, contact Career Services at

Precision Machining students Isaac Jordan (left) and Jordan Matthes hold up new check holders they manufactured that will be used at the public culinary arts luncheons.

Out with the old, in with the new

Diners who eat at SMCC’s culinary arts luncheons will soon have their checks delivered to them on new bill holders made by Precision Machining & Manufacturing students.

Culinary Arts Chair Maureen LaSalle recently approached Precision Machining Chair John Bolduc to see if his students could manufacture new bill holders to replace the traditional folding vinyl check holders that have been used for years.

In response, Bolduc arranged for his students to cut sheets of aluminum to size and then had them anodized to give them a decorative, durable finish.

Students then attached clips to the panels and engraved the words “Thank you for supporting Southern Maine Community College Culinary Arts students” on the front and “Manufactured by Precision Machining Students 2019” on the back.

Bolduc says the project is an example of different academic departments working together to enhance their offerings, while giving his students something new to work on.

Precision Machining students Isaac Jordan and Jordan Matthes produced the end products.
Isaac Jordan said the project helps them hone their skills on the department’s state-of-the-art CNC (computer numeric controlled) machines.

“Plus,” he added, “it’s nice to do something that will used around campus.”

SMCC offers public culinary arts luncheons throughout the academic year in our Culinary Arts Dining Room. The luncheons serve as a working classroom where culinary arts and hospitality students gain experience preparing serving meals to the public.