Many Maine people started an investment in college but, for one reason or another, never finished a degree. Completing a degree could be a key factor in helping those individuals boost their incomes, advance in their careers, and inspire their children. For others it represents an important milestone of personal growth.

Students who earned credits from previous college study are welcome to meet with a University College at Rockland adviser to review transcripts and to begin the process of seeking credit for previous coursework. Most University of Maine System institutions 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 adviser to determine which classes they will need to complete a 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 finished her degree at University College.

“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," Johnston said in a news release.

University College at Rockland 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 for the Fall 2014 semester is open and ongoing. For more information about University College at Rockland and UMS distance education courses and programs, please visit