Maine program to help students finish college

Posted April 13, 2011, at 9:31 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Three Maine community colleges are offering a new program to help students complete their associate degrees.

Accelerate ME is designed to help students earn degrees within a year and reduce the number of Mainers who have started college but haven’t graduated.

To be eligible, students must be 21 or older, have at least 30 credits toward a 60-credit degree program and have been enrolled in classes within the last five years.

Maine Community College System spokeswoman Helen Pelletier tells the Portland Press Herald the program is to help people who have been challenged by time or money.

The program is being offered at York County Community College in Wells, Southern Maine Community College in South Portland and Central Maine Community College in Auburn.