We are excited to announce a collaboration between the Maine College Access Network, the Finance Authority of Maine, and the MELMAC Education Foundation to help support a summer melt pilot program in Maine. Summer Melt is the term used to describe the research that has shown that as many as one in five high school graduates who have been accepted to and intend to enroll in college, fail to matriculate anywhere in the fall semester. This often occurs because of unseen challenges that students encounter during the summer months. These three organizations are working together to develop strategies to help support students during their summer transition from high school graduate to college student. We are looking forward to working with our two pilot schools, Nokomis Regional High School and Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. These two schools will have interns from Husson University's Master's in School Counseling program, working this summer to support students. These interns will play a key role in the development of long term solutions to address summer melt as, in addition to supporting students, they begin to collect data, create resources, and report out on best practices.

We are looking forward to future updates on this important pilot in future newsletters. If you have any questions about this or other programs, please contact us
Mount View Middle School students gave up a Saturday to learn about sustainability and science from Unity College students and sponsored by GEAR UP Maine. Students were given lessons centered-around orienteering, solar energy, a low ropes challenge course, and a scavenger hunt. Click here to read more about this trip to help expose students to college and career options after high school. 
The latest report from Lumina Foundation and their progress toward their Stronger Nation Goal has been released. Data specific to Maine is available on their website.  
 The Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy held their annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools conference on Friday, May 6th at the Augusta Civic Center. This year's conference included a mock LifeSmarts competition, with attendees facing off against this year's competition winners, United Technologies Center in Bangor, Maine. Attendees left with some valuable tools, resources, and ideas to bring back to their classrooms and students.

United Technologies Center was recently featured on WCSH 6's 207, where they got to quiz host Rob Caldwell. You can watch that interview here

Remedial Classes Have Become a Hidden Cost of College

One in four students have to enroll in remedial classes their first year of college, costing their families nearly $1.5 billion. The study also found that full-time undergraduate students who take remedial courses their first year are 74% more likely to drop out.


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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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