Nontraditional education

Ann Plato, an African American poet, once wrote that, “a good education is another name for happiness.” University College at Rockland is thriving because it emphasizes flexibility and personal attention. The old model of college is fading, giving way to something that is convenient and community based.


This is a period when skilled workers are expected to be the fuel that will propel our economy. The importance of an increased number of college graduates in a state the size of Maine cannot be overstated. Fifty-nine percent of all new jobs in Maine are expected to require post-secondary education by 2018.  Only 37 percent of Maine’s citizens currently hold a college degree of any kind. That’s a primary reason why Maine has the lowest per capita income in New England.


In a report published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, "The College of 2020," it was predicted that fewer students will seek full-time, four year resident programs. More and more students expect flexible programming and they seek the best value.


The students that we serve at University College at Rockland typically are raising a family and holding at least a half-time job while attending college. Many are the first in their families to participate in higher education. Any distractions they have are not social. They do not have an easy ride.


Each of their stories is unique and most often wrapped up in a package of resourcefulness and a strong Maine work ethic. Learn about them.

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