September 28, 2021
The University of Maine at Fort Kent High school students who successfully complete the Law Enforcement program at Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC) in Ellsworth, Maine and who enroll at UMFK will now be starting their pursuit of a college degree with nine college credits already earned. This is possible due to a new articulation agreement between UMFK and HCTC.
“The agreement is focused on law enforcement-relate programs,” states Scott Voisine, UMFK’s Dean of Community Education, “Students who enter UMFK upon successful completion of the HCTC Law Enforcement Program will earn nine credits toward a degree in one of three of UMFK’s programs including Criminal Justice, Rural Public Safety Administration, and Conservation Law. There is no charge for these earned credits.”
“Hancock County Technical Center is thrilled with our Law Enforcement program's new articulation agreement with the University of Maine at Fort Kent enabling students to earn nine college credits while in our program,” says HCTC Director, Amy Boles. “This only reinforces the incredible opportunities our county's students receive in career preparation and affording them the chance to earn college credits while still in high school at no extra cost to them.”
Through this agreement, UMFK and HCTC have partnered up to help meet the needs of a very important workforce sector to Maine, the region, and the country as a whole. Media sources throughout the state are sounding the alarm in regard to shortages of qualified individuals entering law enforcement fields. This agreement helps give students interested in law enforcement an affordable pathway to a major and career.
“We are excited to pair with Hancock County Technical Center’s robust criminal justice program in delivering quality education to future law enforcement professionals,” says Marilyn Epp, UMFK’s Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, “Creating these connections across the state helps students reach their goals and makes the state stronger as a whole.”
The agreement went into effect as of September 1, 2021. For more information about UMFK’s Criminal Justice, Rural Public Safety, or Conservation Law programs, contact the UMFK Admissions Office at 207-834-7500 or at www.umfk.edu/admissions/.