The College Connection, a program of Belfast Adult and Community Education that offers high-quality, cost-effective and accessible pathways to post-secondary education for adults — is pleased to announce seven area residents recently successfully completed a rigorous, college preparation program.

Those seven people are: Bertil Anderson of Montville, Amanda Armstrong of Monroe, Nick Bombardier of Belfast, Chelsey Henderson of Newburgh, Kelli Knight of Searsmont, Amy McNeil of Brooks and Lawren Rehlander of Belfast.

Most of these graduates will be starting college courses in the fall either at the Hutchinson Center, University College Rockland or one of the local community colleges.

The College Connection is designed to help non-traditional students improve academic skills, build self-confidence and learn what is necessary to succeed in college. Classes meet weekly, for 15 weeks, in a college setting. A new session begins each semester.

The program provides assistance with all aspects of the college enrollment process, including academic skill-building, financial aid and college application paperwork, counseling, and more.

The College Connection is funded in part by a state grant as well as local monies from Belfast Adult and Community Education. The program is free, but students are responsible for purchasing the books needed for their courses.

The program’s next semester will begin Sept. 12. Contact Carolyn Haskell at 338-3197 for more information.