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UMM Receives Grant to Increase Access to Early College

Added on: November 21, 2011

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has received a $15,000 grant to expand its early college services for area high school students. The Maine Community Foundation and Common Good Ventures awarded the grant as part of the Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness, a partnership currently focused on increasing access to post-secondary education for Mainers.

Since UMM launched its Early College Program in 2004, high school students have taken more than 700 college courses through the campus. The program aims to encourage Washington County youth to consider college as an option after high school graduation and to help students get a head start on their college careers.

“This grant will help the UMM program achieve sustainability as it enhances its activities and tracks their impact on college access and success for local students,” said Early College Coordinator Dr. Carol Wolf.

The Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness provides technical and financial assistance to organizations seeking ways to deliver their programs or services more effectively and to increase their social impact.

UMM joins Franklin County Community College and The Telling Room as new partners in the Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness. Each organization will receive funding from the Maine Community Foundation and dedicated management coaching from Common Good Ventures.

In announcing the new partners, Meredith Jones, Maine Community Foundation president and CEO, said, “We share the mission of these organizations: to lower barriers to post-secondary education.” Common Good Ventures President Andrew Watt added, “From a competitive selection process we are excited to have identified these organizations committed to providing more Mainers with educational opportunities through collaboration.”

For more information on UMM’s Early College Program, visit


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