The Bangor School Department and the University of Maine finalized an Articulation Agreement last week that could save graduates from Bangor High School’s STEM Academy time and money during their college years.
“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Maine to provide our students more opportunities for post-secondary STEM learning and STEM careers,” said Dr. Betsy Webb, Superintendent of the Bangor School Department. “Having our students’ accelerated learning in high school recognized and rewarded is a great benefit and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff.”
The innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academic program option at Bangor High School was created in collaboration with the University of Maine and began enrolling students in the fall of 2012. Students who choose to enroll in the BHS STEM Academy complete all the traditional Bangor High School graduation requirements while simultaneously completing a challenging and enriching research-based sequence of STEM courses and experiences.
The agreement will allow students who successfully complete Bangor’s STEM Academy requirements to use a maximum of thirty credit hours from the STEM program work toward fulfilling the hours required for baccalaureate completion of an engineering degree at UMaine.
In addition, STEM Academy graduates will be given priority in UMaine’s admission process as long as space is available in the engineering program, and students who submit an application for early admission will also be given priority consideration for merit scholarships and the Honors College.
“Our public school education compares to the best of the best,” said Dr. Webb, “and if our STEM students choose to pursue engineering in college, this agreement ensures them a future in a STEM related field.”