Northern Maine Community College Info night, Art Walk this week

12 years ago

 PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College will host three College Info Nights in northern, central and southern Aroostook County Thursday, Jan. 5. The sessions are designed to inform area residents interested in learning about their options for higher education and training offered by the college in the respective regions.

The Info Nights will be held concurrently from 4-6 p.m. in Presque Isle on the NMCC campus in the main lobby of the Christie Building; in Houlton at the Houlton Higher Education Center; and in Madawaska at Madawaska High School in the classroom adjacent to the Adult and Community Education Office. As an incentive, NMCC will waive the course registration fee for those who attend and sign up for a course.

College officials will be on hand at each of the sites throughout the two-hour period to work individually with members of the public who are interested in learning more about the college and the various courses, certificate, and associate degree programs offered locally through the centers in northern and southern Aroostook County and on the Presque Isle campus. Individuals are welcome to walk in at any time to speak with an NMCC representative.

“Info Nights are designed to answer any fears, questions or unknowns that anyone might have about the college,” said William Egeler, NMCC dean of students. “The college hosts Info Night to encourage those who are unsure if they want to go back to college to get their foot in the door. The night’s intention is to get the public familiar with the school and to allow them the opportunity to enroll in one class just to get the ball rolling to further their education.”

College officials are reaching out to area high school juniors and seniors and equivalent home school students to attend the Info Nights and learn more about the opportunities to enroll for college courses offered by NMCC in their local area. Through the college’s On Course for College program, qualified high school and home-schooled students can take a class for only a $30 enrollment fee plus the cost of required textbooks and materials.

“Students who participate in early college programs have a distinct advantage over those entering college without such an experience. Familiarity with the rigor of college courses, learning to navigate a collegiate environment, functioning as an adult/independent learner, saving substantial amounts of money, and reducing credit loads when entering the college full time,” said Egeler. “These are all advantages I wish our area high school students would capitalize upon. This is a great program.”

In addition to information on courses offered at the college, Info Night attendees will be able to learn more about financing their education and about financial aid that is available to many students. A recent cost comparison affirmed that NMCC and its sister campuses in the Maine Community College System offer the lowest public higher education tuition rates in the state of Maine at $86 per credit hour.

Representatives from NMCC’s adult education partners in the St. John Valley and southern Aroostook regions will also be on hand to provide information on the College Transition Programs offered locally in their respective regions. The Maine College Transition Program provides high-quality, cost-effective and accessible pathways to post-secondary education for adults.

For more information on the NMCC College Info Nights taking place around The County Jan. 5, visit the college website at or call the Presque Isle campus at 768-2787, the St. John Valley Center at 551-5781, or the Houlton Higher Education Center at 521-3100.

Griffeth is First Friday artist
    An opening reception for photographer Kim Griffeth will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the Wintergreen Arts Center. The public is invited to celebrate her opening party and other First Friday Art Walk events held that evening.  Griffeth’s work will be on display in the Barresi Financial Gallery at the Wintergreen Arts Center at 149 State Street in Presque Isle from Jan. 6-30.
    Griffeth resides in Fort Fairfield with her husband, John, and three children, Gracie, Grayden and Charlie. She has been working as a photographer in Aroostook County for the past nine years. Currently her work focuses on portrait and family photography. She has studied fashion design at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., and then continued on to get her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Husson College. She continues her studies at New York Institute of Photography.
    She has been taking pictures since childhood, visually exploring life’s moments. Having the opportunity to shoot for many clients with various needs gives Griffeth a chance to discover that “unique angle” — with the desire to not just deliver a photo but to tell a story with that image.

She has a unique eye for composition that enables her to create extraordinary images of ordinary or common subjects. She uses vintage, traditional and modern photographic techniques to accomplish her vision.

Her Studio is located at her home in Fort Fairfield.

Griffeth recently held a Winter Wonderland Photo Session at Wintergreen as a fund-raising event for the center which raised over $300 to help with WGAC operating expenses. She will be unveiling her Photogenic Award from the shoot during Friday evening’s First Friday event.

Wintergreen Arts is hosting her opening reception as part of the First Friday Art Walk — a wonderful cultural opportunity in downtown Presque Isle. Downtown businesses and organizations invite visitors to take a self-guided stroll through the downtown and University galleries, to hear live music, meet local authors and artists, and experience the heart of the community.

Participating organizations include the Turner Memorial Library Gallery, Wintergreen Arts Center, Merchants on the Corner, Sorpreso, Morning Star Art and Framing, Freddy P’s and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. First Friday Art Walk is an event where people can meet, unwind and enjoy the arts on the first Friday of each month between 5-9 p.m. For more information, including which venues may or may not be participating each month, and the specific times of each venue’s hosting, check out the First Friday Facebook page.