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Community colleges will offer prep program to students seeking MMA admission

AUGUSTA, Maine—A new academic agreement between the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in Castine will create a clear pathway to a four-year degree for students interested in studying engineering, management, science, or transportation at Maine Maritime Academy. MCCS President John Fitzsimmons announced the agreement yesterday at a meeting of the MCCS Board of Trustees.

The program, to be known as MMA Prep, will serve students who seek admission to MMA but who have not yet met all of the Academy’s rigorous academic requirements. These applicants will be referred to their local Maine community college to complete an individually prescribed set of courses. Those who complete the courses required in the prep program with grades of C or better will be given admission to MMA provided they successfully complete the MMA admissions process.

“We have many talented young people who apply to the Academy who need some additional academic preparation before they are ready to tackle the heavy math, science, and technical work we require of our students,” noted MMA President William Brennan when the agreement was signed recently. “By starting at a Maine community college, they will get the academic support they need and be assured that they have the skills necessary for success in a four-year degree program at the Academy.”

The agreement means that students already enrolled in a Maine community college who have an interest in applying to the Academy will have a very clear understanding of what is expected of them. For others, who apply directly to the Academy but need to strengthen their skills, the agreement offers a chance to succeed

“We’re delighted to be able to work in partnership with Maine Maritime Academy to provide these highly motivated students with the foundation they need to pursue four-year degrees in areas of study that hold great career promise,” said MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in announcing the agreement.

Maine Maritime Academy Prep will be available to students at all seven of the state’s community colleges. For more information, students should contact the admissions office at Maine Maritime: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-464-6565.

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This is a reprint of a joint Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy news release issued June 28, 2012.


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