Early college opportunities worth exploring this summer

The Maine Department of Education would like to remind high school students of the many opportunities available for an early start on a college track.

Though cost can be a limiting obstacle faced by students, with the dual enrollment/aspiration programs, participants can take college courses while in high school that will carry college credit. This avenue increases the likelihood of graduating with a college degree in less time, allowing for an earlier entry into the job market.

The University of Maine System and County Community Colleges have implemented dual enrollment programs. Thomas College in Waterville also offers an example of a successful dual enrollment program with nearby high schools, graduating two students with associate degrees this past spring.

The Department would like to challenge more postsecondary degree institutions to become partners in providing opportunities and access for students seeking to pursue a degree in higher education.

To learn more about pursuing a degree in higher education while still in high school, contact Maine DOE’s Higher Education Specialist Ángel Martínez Loredo at angel.loredo@maine.gov or call 624-6846.