Transitioning to college

All around the country, students are starting to get ready to go to college in the fall. Some are going for the first time, recent graduates from high school. Others are returning to college after some time away. Some are confident, sure that they are perfectly ready to hit the ground running. Others are mildly terrified. Most students, however, fall somewhere in between, and waffle from scared to excited from minute to minute. There are a million articles out there about preparing to college, but this one from a counselor in Cleveland has some particularly good advice.

You should definitely check out the whole article, but a few points to highlight include:

  • Network and interact with a wide variety of people.
  • Seek out a mentor to assist with the transition to college. Limit advice from those who never set foot on a campus for the college experience.
  • Use college counselors to stay on track.

Nobody gets through college all on their own! Create your own network of friends and mentors, who can help you succeed.

One place to start is with Student Support Services, a TRIO program available at many colleges. Not sure if your college has TRIO? The Maine Educational Opportunity Association has a list of all TRIO programs in Maine. Would you like an introduction? Your METS advisor would be happy to help you find out, just ask!

Good luck!

METS Outcomes – Length of attendance for graduates and non-graduates

Now that we have studied the attainment rates of METS students,In the next few posts, we will be looking at the some of the attainment trends from the METS enrollment class of 2007-2008. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the length of time METS students are spending in their postsecondary education by first looking at the number of different colleges attended by METS students, the number of students taking classes at multiple college simultaneously, and then the number of semesters in college for METS students who did not complete a postsecondary degree.

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SMCC Offers New Construction Program

Do you know someone who is interested in a career in construction? If so, Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) has announced a new program called “Construction Institute” which offers training, certificates and a two-year degree option. Sponsored by Maine Quality Centers, this program currently has funding for 16 free spots. Click here  to learn more, and please share with anyone who may be interested.