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UMA offers free Jumpstart College course for aspiring students

New program provides opportunity to build skills and demystify college experience.
Jun 25, 2020

Augusta — A new program at the University of Maine at Augusta provides those considering college a free one-credit course, Jumpstart: Managing Early Success in College.

The seven-week seminar begins July 13 and will cover subjects designed to give students the skills to succeed from day one. Topics will cover fitting into college life, computer competency, study skills, note taking, time management, test anxiety, information literacy, and career planning.

“This program is for anyone wanting to learn more about the college experience or get a head on their first year at UMA,” said Jonathan Henry, UMA vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “If you are coming straight to college from high school, considering higher education to prepare for a career change, or completing your degree after a few years away, this course is for you. Everyone can benefit from the skills, insights, and tips to navigating the college experience that are part of this program. We really want to take the mystery out of what it takes to be successful and help students hit the ground running when the fall semester begins.”

The two-hour weekly classes, using Zoom conferencing, will incorporate both real time video participation and online learning content. In addition, students will have access to academic success coaching and the opportunity to connect with other Jumpstart participants. Those successfully completing the program will receive a $200 voucher toward the purchase of textbooks in their first semester at UMA.

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit

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