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Bristol Lions learn about Central Maine Community College 12/10/2011

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From left: Special guest George Masters of Masters Machine Co. and Mark Gosselin the Director of Admissions for Central Maine Community College receiving a certificate of appreciation for his informative talk from Lion David Kolodin.

At their most recent meeting the Bristol Area Lions heard about Central Maine Community College (CMCC). CMCC is the fifth largest college in the state and is based in Auburn on a 135-acre campus on Lake Auburn.

The school has grown from about 1,300 students in year 2000 to 3,000 today. Most students are commuters, although 120 are housed on the campus and some telecommuting is available. Among the many programs of study offered which lead to a certificate or Associate Degree are: automotive technology, building construction technology, culinary arts, computer technology, criminal justice, education, electromechanical technology, nursing and precision machine technology.

The latter was of special interest to the evening’s guest, George Masters of Masters Machine in Round Pond. CMCC already has an established co-operative program with Maine Machine in South Paris and is hoping to develop a similar program with Masters Machine.

Full tuition scholarships are available for Precision Machine Technology studies plus financial aid to help with housing. One of the most popular courses of study at CMCC is Nursing. Although there are approximately 400 applicants annually, only 32 are accepted due to limitations in the number of instructors and dedicated facilities. Nursing lab equipment includes four training simulators, which respond to students’ care and can be used to draw fluids and practice CPR; there is even a female simulator that emulates giving birth. Graduates from this program have had a 100% success rate passing their boards.

This is a program that is given locally in conjunction with Lincoln County Healthcare in Damariscotta. In Damariscotta, CMCC offers many core classes for a variety of programs. In addition, last year, graduates with Associates degrees transferred to 120 different schools for their bachelors’ degree.

Interested students and their parents are urged to visit the campus and talk with an admissions representative visit, or visit their website at: http://www.cmcc.edu

The Bristol Area Lions Club awards scholarships annually to graduating Lincoln Academy students, and up to two of these can be vocational scholarships.

The Bristol Area Lions will be distributing their annual Christmas Food Baskets on Sat., Dec. 17 and members are requested to meet at the back of Reilly’s Market at 9 a.m. for their assignments. The next meeting of the Bristol Lions will be their Annual Christmas Party on Mon., Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Members who are planning to attend are requested to call Herb Watson at 677-6191 for dinner reservations and meal choices.

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