Stories about Northern Maine Community College


NMCC cutting positions, services to offset projected $470,000 budget deficit

By Jen Lynds on May 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
HOULTON | Officials at Northern Maine Community College are making significant spending cuts to offset a nearly half-million dollar budget deficit, citing increased operational costs, flat state appropriations and anticipated flat or slightly decreased enrollment for the fall semester. The cuts in services and personnel include a nursing position …
An architect's rendering shows the interior fitness area of the Rodney Smith Wellness Center being added on to the A.K. Christie Complex at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle. NMCC held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the project, though construction actually started last month.

Northern Maine Community College breaks ground on new wellness, student centers

By Jen Lynds on May 15, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE — With a $5 million gift providing the bulk of the $6 million needed for construction, Northern Maine Community College on Tuesday broke ground on a new project to create fitness and student centers on campus. Students, staff, college officials and guests gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking …

VFW Post 2599 in Presque Isle creating ‘a place to call home’

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star-Herald on April 15, 2013, at 2:10 p.m.
A planned expansion project at the Hayward-Frazier VFW Post 2599 home in Presque Isle will offer veterans such amenities as a physical fitness room, computer lab and library. According to commander Randolph Michaud, the addition will be 72 feet long by 85 feet wide. “Each day …
State, local and economic development officials attended the commissioning of a new biomass boiler at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Robert Clark (from left), USDA Forest Service; President Timothy Crowley, Northern Maine Community College; Kris Doody, chair of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees; Barry Ingraham, director of physical plant and technology at NMCC; and Philipp Lüscher, CEO of Schmid energy-group in Switzerland, attended the ceremony.

New NMCC wood boiler to save money, reduce carbon footprint

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:08 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials at Northern Maine Community College gathered Wednesday morning to commission a new biomass wood boiler that will heat a significant portion of the campus while cutting down on its energy bill. State, local and economic development officials attended a short ceremony dedicated to the $1 …
Northern Maine Community College students are congratulated by faculty and staff of the College as the exit commencement exercises at The Forum in Presque Isle on Saturday, May 14.

Want to enroll in a Maine community college? You may have to wait

By Alex Barber on Oct. 05, 2011, at 8:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Community College System has grown so much in recent years — 83 percent since 2003 — that it is having to turn away many qualified applicants. “Obviously it’s good news that in tough times we continue to expand,” the system’s president, John Fitzsimmons, said in …

Dead River gift to provide hands-on experience for community college students

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
BANGOR | Students enrolled in diesel, truck and heavy equipment technology programs at Maine’s community colleges now have a chance to work with some of the equipment they will encounter once they join the work force as the result of a major gift from Dead River Co. Dead River …
Spencer Bragan (left), a 1991 graduate from Northern Maine Community College's residential construction program, was among the 50 stars recognized during NMCC's 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.  Bragan, who served as a resident assistant at the College, and his wife Tricia had the chance to catch up with Thomas Richard, NMCC director of residential life, during the social preceding the Gala.

Gala fetes 50 years of NMCC

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 12, 2011, at 9:08 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A celebration of success and a commitment toward an even brighter future took place at Northern Maine Community College Saturday evening, as approximately 400 people attended a gala to mark the institution’s 50th anniversary and recognize its most outstanding alumni. The 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner and …

Celebration to mark Northern Maine Community College’s 50th year

By Rick Levasseur on Sept. 07, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Throughout the year, Northern Maine Community College has been hosting events to celebrate 50 years as an academic institution. In June, it held a special ceremony to recognize its founders on its official 50th anniversary. Now NMCC is planning a two-day gala beginning Friday to thank …

Presque Isle community college attracts attention of national green energy organization

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 15, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.
A representative from an organization that helps support community colleges in building the green economy spent the day at Northern Maine Community College on Monday. She said she was returning to the Washington, D.C.-based organization impressed and dedicated to forming a relationship with the Presque Isle …
Crews from Northern Electric Inc. of Ashland install an 80-foot tall residential wind turbine at the site of Northern Maine Community College’s Northern Maine Center for Excellence in Alternative Energy Training and Education on Skyway Street in Presque Isle this past week. The 10-kilowatt residential wind turbine will  serve as the latest teaching tool for students in the wind power technology program, which teaches them to operate, maintain and repair wind turbine generators. Incoming and returning students in the wind power program and several additional programs will have access to it when classes resume later this month.

NMCC installs 10-kilowatt wind turbine to be used as teaching tool

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 13, 2011, at 2:42 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Two years ago, Northern Maine Community College launched a first of its kind in New England with the wind power technology program. The college secured a teacher, students and classroom space. The only thing they didn’t have was a windmill — until now. Officials at the …

Former NMCC nursing instructor mourned by friends, colleagues

on Aug. 12, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Health care professionals and former students and colleagues at Northern Maine Community College are mourning the loss of a longtime nurse and educator. Betty Lou Baulch, who led the nursing department at NMCC for more than 12 years before her retirement in 1994, died on Aug. …

Presque Isle session to highlight energy programs in Aroostook

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 03, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.
Representatives of two Presque Isle institutions that have pioneered the use of green energy and related instruction on their campuses will discuss Thursday night how sustainable energy will factor into The County’s economy and way of life. Don Zillman, president of the University of Maine at …
A number of volunteers, including several students at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle and Loring Job Corps in Limestone, teamed up to make a Westfield family'’s wish come true, building a handicapped ramp so a resident  can enter and leave his home with less difficulty.

Volunteers make ramp a reality for County man with multiple sclerosis

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on July 21, 2011, at 8:08 p.m.
WESTFIELD | The wisdom of our nation’s second president, John Adams, has come to fruition for a Westfield couple who realized Adam’s quote, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish” — following months of trying to find a way to install a …
Harold "Bud" Stewart.

Northern Maine Community College recognizes ‘founders’ on 50th anniversary

By Jen Lynds on June 17, 2011, at 10:41 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | When what is now Northern Maine Community College was first established five decades ago, no one could have foreseen that it would become such a powerful educational and economic engine. Tim Crowley, president of the college, said Friday that 50 percent of NMCC graduates stay to …

Northern Maine Community College to mark 50th birthday

By Jen Lynds on June 13, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE – Since the start of the spring semester in January, staff and students at Northern Maine Community College have been counting the days until a special event. On Friday, that day will come. A significant crowd is expected to gather at the Presque Isle college Friday to mark …
At the start of 2009, 200 employees of Fraser Timber Inc. lost their jobs after the business shuttered its sawmills in Ashland and Masardis for an indefinite period of time. The news came just after Northern Maine Community College reconvened for its spring semester, but college officials wanted to do something to help the displaced workers. They created an entire special semester of course offerings tailored to laid-off workers. On Saturday, 18 of the displaced workers, including (from left,)  Albert Nadeau of Presque Isle, Pierre Gagne of Portage Lake, Tanya Clark of Ashland and Richard Michaud of Houlton will graduate from the college. The four are pictured studying for final exams in the NMCC library last week.

Displaced Fraser workers to graduate from NMCC May 14

By Jen Lynds on May 13, 2011, at 6:49 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Not only will Northern Maine Community College graduate its largest ever class and the first graduates from its wind power technology program on Saturday, May 14, it also will be handing degrees to 18 students who had to start all over again when they were laid …
Ben Dutil

NMCC to graduate first wind power technicians

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2011, at 1:36 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Benjamin Dutil, who will be one of the pioneer graduates from Northern Maine Community College’s wind power technology program on May 14, has heard most of the criticisms and myths about wind power. The one that rankles him the most, however, is the belief that students …

Maine school to graduate wind-power majors

The Associated Press on April 26, 2011, at 4:55 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Northern Maine Community College says its graduating class includes the first associate degree wind power technology students trained in New England. A record 274 students will also take part in another first. Due to growing enrollment, the May 14 commencement ceremony will be held off campus, …
Visitors to the new Northern Maine Center for Excellence in Alternative Energy Training and Education look at equipment in the facility during a tour on Thursday April 21.2011. The facility, located a short distance from the Northern Maine Community College campus in the Skyway Industrial Park in Presque Isle, features both classroom and laboratory space for students in the building technology programs at the college.

NMCC dedicates new alternative energy training center

By Jen Lynds on April 21, 2011, at 7:39 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Rodney Smith was just 67 when he was killed in an accident in 2007, and although he had accomplished much in six decades, he still left dreams unfulfilled. On Thursday, the wife of the late former CEO of an electronics design organization assured that her husband …

New NMCC alternative energy training center to open next week

By Jen Lynds on April 13, 2011, at 6:53 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE — Students, staff and community members will see the results of a $1.2 million donation to Northern Maine Community College when the educational institution opens its newest facility next week. A significant crowd is expected to gather on April 21 for the opening of the Northern Maine Center …