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UMFK NOW OFFERS FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

August 18, 2011

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Education is for everyone, and nowhere is that more true than at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where federal financial aid is now available for eligible students enrolled in its five certificate program offerings.

UMFK offers five certificate programs, either on-campus/online, for traditional students and adult learners, alike. The certificate programs are stand-alone, for-credit programs. Credits from each certificate program also may be rolled into associate or bachelor degree programs offered at the University. 
 
UMFK can play a big part in realizing educational goals. It may mean taking a few online courses to increase job skills, or combining on-campus courses with a variety of distance education options to suit an individual student’s work schedule. UMFK can work with students to make their education accessible and affordable.
 
UMFK offers the following certificate programs:
 
·         Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice offers college preparation and coursework in the criminal justice and other law enforcement fields.  It serves as an excellent credential for entry level positions and is appropriate preparation for entry into UMFK’s two-year Criminal Justice and four-year Rural Public Safety Administration programs.
 
·         Special Education Teacher Certification provides an opportunity for existing teachers or students training to become teachers to become state-certified in Special Education by receiving an endorsement, which allows the holder to teach children with disabilities and to consult with teachers, children, and parents. 
 
·         Certificate in Public Management is designed to offer students and professionals the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation for public administration and management.  It serves as an excellent credential for entry level positions and is appropriate preparation for entry into UMFK’s four-year Rural Public Safety Administration program.
 
·         Certificate in Emergency Management/Homeland Security is designed to prepare students with the professional skills to seek employment or advancement in public service; governmental and non-governmental management; and, public safety, including law enforcement and criminal justice the federal, state, regional, and local levels. It serves as an excellent credential for entry level positions and is appropriate preparation for entry into UMFK’s two-year Criminal Justice and four-year Rural Public Safety Administration programs.
 
·         Certificate in Healthcare Administration offers educational instruction to help develop skills for prospective and current healthcare managers to prepare them for the ever-changing world of healthcare management.  The certificate objective is to broaden the student’s perspectives in human resource management, financial management, leadership, and customer service excellence.  It is an excellent credential for entry into UMFK’s four-year Business Management/Healthcare Administration concentration program.
 
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 90 million individuals participate in some form of adult education each year, including training and basic education offered outside traditional higher education. To serve this market, most colleges, like UMFK, have structured programs and services specifically for adult learners. Forty percent of American college students (almost six million people) are 25 years of age, or older.
 
Federal financial aid is available to students through Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in America's postsecondary education community.   Its core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance—grants, loans and work-study programs. The Federal Student Aid team is committed to making education beyond high school more attainable for all Americans, regardless of their socio-economic status.
 
For further information about available federal financial aid, please contact the UMFK Financial Aid office at 834-7606. For information about registering for any of the certificate programs, please contact the UMFK Registrar’s office at 834-7520.