Melody Paul was having a bad day Wednesday after she heard about a friend’s death, but she knew she had something she could look forward to.
At 4:30 that afternoon, Paul, 38, and six other people from the Bangor Area Recovery Network showed up at Eastern Maine Community College to familiarize themselves with the campus as part of a college course they’re taking this winter.
A new collaboration between the community college and the recovery network offers people in recovery from drug addiction a chance to start pursuing a college education. Eastern Maine Community College is offering a free, one-credit course that orients students to the campus and helps them navigate the process of enrolling, applying for financial aid, locating housing and more.
“It was the highlight of the day,” Paul said. “It was the boost I needed.”