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GOVERNOR LEPAGE VISITS UMFK CAMPUS - Praises Early College High School project; Commits to campus' vitality

August 29, 2011

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Maine Governor, Paul R. LePage, came to the University of Maine at Fort Kent last week to welcome incoming students; to encourage high school juniors enrolled in the campus’ Pleasant Street Academy Early College High School to work hard and to succeed; and to express his commitment to the on-going vitality and existence of Maine’s northern-most public university.

The Governor was accompanied by his wife, Ann, and several aides.
 
Governor LePage spent a whirlwind hour on the UMFK campus meeting with the twenty Early College High School students, several of their teachers, and parents, in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. The Governor was impressed with the broad geographic representation of students enrolled in the program. 
 
The Governor encouraged the high school juniors to work hard, to succeed, and to serve as an example for other areas of the state in establishing similar early college high schools. He told the students that his office was available for whatever they might need.
 
Later, the Governor met with many incoming students and their parents who were on campus for orientation and registration. Governor LePage met students from all across the state of Maine, several states, and more than 10 international locations.
 
Before leaving the campus, Governor LePage met privately with UMFK President Wilson G. Hess. At their meeting the Governor delivered three distinct messages:
 
·         His commitment to the ongoing vitality and existence of the UMFK campus
 
·         His enthusiasm for the Pleasant Street Academy Early College High School and what it means for the future of education in Maine; for making higher education affordable; and in piloting the early college high school model for other areas of the state
 
·         His pleasure in learning that UMFK enrolled students from all areas of the state, New England, the U.S., Canada, and many international countries and what that signifies about obtaining a University of Maine education and in raising the profile of the state of Maine.