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Maine high school graduates offered free access to college classes

May 18, 2020

The members of Maine’s high school Class of 2020 will receive a graduation gift from Maine’s Community Colleges — free access to summer courses.

Maine students who graduate in 2019/2020 are invited to apply for the free online courses. According the Colleges’ statement, a student taking two free college courses this summer at a Maine Community College can save between $2,000 and $7,000 in tuition at a four-year college or university.

“The Class of 2020 has lost a lot this spring, from missing out on proms and traditional graduation ceremonies to a disruption of their college and work plans,” said David Daigler, president of the Maine Community College System. “Summer jobs are likely to be in short supply, which makes it hard to earn money to help with college expenses and gain valuable work experience. We hope this can save the Class of 2020 significant time and money in reaching their college and career goals. We can’t replace what they have lost, but we can offer to help them keep moving forward.”

Students interested in getting a head start on their college career will be eligible to choose from online college-level classes in English, math, sciences, languages, psychology, history, digital photography, creative writing and more.

More information is available at mccs.me.edu/class-gift-2020/, where students can connect with a college navigator to explore course options and get help registering for classes.

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