University College at Houlton offers flexible degree completion options

9 years ago

For one reason or another, many Maine people have never completed their college degree. For some, earning that credential could make a significant difference in their career advancement. For others, it is an important milestone of personal growth.

Students who have earned credits from previous college study are welcome to meet with a University College at Houlton advisor to review their transcripts and to begin the process of seeking credit for previous coursework. Most University of Maine System universities offer programs that accept credits from other colleges and universities and from campuses within the System. Once registered, students are encouraged to work with an advisor to determine what classes they will need to complete their degree.
Why complete a degree? According to the US Census, college graduates earn about twice as much as high school graduates. College grads have lower unemployment rates, according to the US Department of Labor.
There are many ways to finance a degree, including federal and state grants. Mary Johnston, a 2013 graduate, finished her degree at her local University College Center. “The Center was a big part of my being able to finish college. I wasn’t sure I could do this – but you can do it. I wanted to do this for myself and for my kids. My boss asked if I wanted to become a manager because he knew I was working on this degree.”
University College at Houlton supports students enrolled with any of the UMS universities. With dozens of degree and certificate programs available, students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the Center and online.
Registration has begun for January classes. For more information about University College at Houlton and the courses and programs it offers, please visit: www.learn.maine.edu or call Jean Henderson at the Houlton Higher Education Center at 521-3100.