SAVE THE DATE: Reach Higher New England Convening - August 16, 2016, 8am-4pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

All are invited to this event to help educators, policy makers, and business community members understand the importance of K-16 career and college readiness and how to ensure that all students have education and training opportunities after high school graduation. 

Keynote Speaker - Josh Steckel, Author of Hold Fast to Dreams

Registration is free and can be found at Please register by Friday, August 5th.

Contact Kate Leveille at MaineCAN if you have any questions. 
Mountain Valley Middle School Goes to College

The entire student body and staff at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico, Maine visited the University of Maine at Farmington for a day-long college visit sponsored in part by GEAR UP-Maine. UMF admission representatives shared a wealth of information about what it takes to be a success college student, as well as sharing experiences related to overcoming financial challenges and finding ways to pay for college with scholarships, grants, and loans. 

Stephen Davis, a Career Counselor on campus, talked with students about the many supports available to help them be successful at UMF. He shared his experiences in helping students overcome obstacles and fulfilling their dream of graduating from college. 

According to the students, the visit was extremely successful! 

Career Fair at Carraabec High Schoo
excerpts written by Bianca Beaulieu, Class of 2016

Carrabec High School had their first career day on Friday April 15th which helped many students explore those possibilities on what they want to do in the future; thanks to Tracie Edwards from Gear-Up and Tim Richards, Vice Principal of Carrabec High School. Students found interesting to see different people present, and to see how passionate they were about their careers. The keynote speaker, Tim Edwards, the Chief Academic Officer of Thomas College, helped spark a conversation of what college is like and the experiences a person will have, and what might help guide them on their job quest. His address inspired [students] to explore different careers and majors,to see what a person could end up doing.

I wish our school had had more opportunities for a career day in the past, but I think this will be the first of many. The event is a good way to inspire many students to consider what they want to do, and also to find their passion they want to pursue in the future. Career opportunities are endless. A person needs to be open-minded and work hard like the wonderful presenters that the whole school had a chance to meet.

FAME has teamed up with the Department of Education to help spread the word about the Maine College Transitions Program - a state gem!

As you may know, Maine College Transitions is a complete college preparation program that will set students up for success, step by step: 
  • College & Career Guidance
  • Skills Development
  • Financial Planning
  • College Admission
  • On-Going Support
What you may not know is that Maine College Transitions is often used by recent high school graduates with the desire to go on to higher education but who may need a little extra support to get there. Maine College Transitions can help students develop the skills they need to be successful. Best of all it's FREE (in most cases). Students can save thousands of dollars by working on the basics at their local adult education center before they make the leap to college. 

Please help us spread the word by sharing this resource with your students and helping them use the Program Locator to find a program near them: MaineCollegeTransitions.orgMany centers even offer summer help!

The University of Maine’s Educational Talent Search Program (METS) and the University of Maine Presque Isle's TRIO College Access Services Educational Talent Search program are teaming up this summer to offer Bridge to Your Future, a program designed to reduce summer melt. The program begins on Friday, June 24th with a weekend at the University of Maine at Orono. Part of the weekend will include 50th anniversary of the Educational Talent Search Program. In addition to speakers, mentor sessions, process groups, and workshops; the weekend will be followed-up by 10 weeks of planned weekly texts with trained mentors.

FAME’s Free FAFSA Summer Training

Since the financial aid process will begin three months earlier this year, FAME will be offering two free financial aid trainings on August 9 at CMCC in Auburn and August 11 at Husson University in Bangor. These identical sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will take the place of FAME’s Financial Aid 101 typically held in October.  A full-day Financial Aid 101 event will be held in March of 2017.
The purpose of these trainings will be:
  • Review the upcoming FAFSA changes and how they will impact students and families
  • Discuss how IRS Data Retrieval will be used earlier in the process
  • Share what FAME has learned about FSA ID creation and problem resolution
  • Brainstorm with colleagues and share ideas on ways to inform and support students and families regarding these changes
Seating for these free training sessions is limited, so please be sure to register early.
Register for the August 9th session at CMMC in Auburn.
Register for the August 11th session at Husson University in Bangor.
If you have any questions, please contact Mila Tappan at FAME.

Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most?

Source: The Atlantic

Determined that he and his younger brother would go to college, Eduardo Medina's parents put money away in a savings account to pay for the tuition. It never added up to more than $5,000, and before he finished high school on his way to the Ivy League, they were compelled to use it for a different purpose…

Uncertainty, Unpredictability, and Chaos 

Source: NCAN

 A title that perhaps perfectly describes the potential for the upcoming fall, as students start a new college application cycle while a slew of changes to the admissions process converge. There are potential consequences and issues related to these changes that access professionals should keep in mind as we continue to serve and support students through the college application process. 

If you have a resource, opportunity, or great news to share and would like to see it included in MaineCAN's eNews, please contact Kate Leveille at
The Maine State GEAR UP program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037; James Davis, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to University of Maine at Farmington managed by Syntiro. 
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