August 28, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent and John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine have signed an articulation agreement, which allows high school students in attendance at Bapst to earn college credit in the fields of Information (cyber) Security and Computer Applications, as part of UMFK's traditional early college program.
The University and the high school seek to enhance educational rigor and expand the early college educational opportunities for students enrolled in the Computer Science program at Bapst. The arrangement also will provide the means for transition into UMFK's Associate of Science in Information Security, or the Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications degree programs.
The computer and information system professions are experiencing a shortage of qualified personnel, especially in the field of information security. The articulation agreement is committed to the support of associate and baccalaureate preparation at the entry level degree for practitioners. With its signing, the central Maine community is well-served by a program which strengthens the links between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, while promoting the education of professional computer and information system technologists.
The agreement between UMFK and Bapst demonstrates a commitment by both institutions to student success in making the transition from secondary to post-secondary education. UMFK will not assess tuition and fee charges for University credit awarded under the terms of the articulation agreement.
“This agreement presents new opportunities for John Bapst Memorial High School students whose academic credits for specific computer science coursework will now seamlessly transfer into UMFK,” said Dr. Raymond T. Albert, professor of Computer Science at UMFK. “These students are now able to earn free university academic credit while still in high school. Students may additionally enroll – tuition free - in up to six credits of online courses offered by UMFK,” he added.
“UMFK aims to enable these students to build upon their record of success in cyber security competitions under the leadership of their teacher and coach, Mr. Michael Murphy, by remaining the leading provider of two-year and four-year cyber-security degrees in Maine, producing graduates prepared to fill the 20,000-30,000 unfilled cyber-security positions, each paying more than $100,000 annually,” noted Dr. Albert.
UMFK and BAPST will use the Computer Science program as a means to develop and disseminate career awareness and career education related to the introduction of computer and information system professions in central Maine and beyond.
“We're very pleased to have struck an agreement with UMFK in one of the University's key specialties, computer science. Our top students have been winning Maine's Cyber Defense Competition since it came into existence. Now they can readily see how their computer knowledge can translate into further learning and, someday, a career,” said Mel MacKay, Head of School at BAPST.
Upon matriculation into the Associate of Science in Information Security or Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications program at the University, UMFK will award four college credits, equivalent to the course COS 111 -- Introduction to Computer Science. The equivalent letter grade earned in the course will be recorded on the student's UMFK transcript, but will not be included in the calculation of his/her grade point average. Earned credits will apply to UMFK's Information Security or Computer Applications programs.
“UMFK has a long history of quality early college program opportunities for high school students,” said UMFK's Dean of Community Education, Scott A. Voisine. “UMFK's new relationship with John Bapst Memorial High School will provide another layer of academic options to their students; especially those interested in the growing field of information security,” Dean Voisine noted.
The Washington Post recently rated John Bapst Memorial High School as the number one academic high school in northern New England based upon the strength of its Advanced Placement program.