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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Fish Culturist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Fisheries Division

I graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree. I chose UMFK because of the affordability, hands on learning, and location. The knowledgeable professors and field experiences set the Environmental Studies program at UMFK apart from programs at other universities. While attending UMFK, I was able to build connections that lead to me being hired as a contractor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Fisheries Division. I was able to work a professional job in my field of study while being a full time student at UMFK. The skills I learned in classes were essential to being a productive and proficient employee. Shortly after graduating, I accepted a permanent position as a Fish Culturist for the department. My current job duties include fish husbandry, spawning, and stocking throughout the state. Getting a degree in Environmental Studies from UMFK has allowed me to obtain a job in my chosen field here in Maine. I truly enjoy going to work every morning.