July 18, 2014
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been awarded a $132,500 grant by the Davis Educational Foundation for the 2014-2017 academic years. The support will allow the organization to expand and further develop the Rural U Early College and Dual Enrollment program.
The three year project will provide support for staffing infrastructure, the improvement of quality outcomes and assessment, and the development of an app in order to fully connect and supply mobile support for the twenty-first century students served in the program.
As part of UMFK's mission to focus on and serve the educational needs of rural communities, the Rural U program provides opportunities for rural high school students in 45 rural high schools in Maine to experience college learning and earn college credits while still in the supportive environment of high school. Courses are taken in an online environment, via dual enrollment classes taught in partner high schools, and via the Pleasant St. Academy Early College High School. The program is focused on post-secondary aspirations for students, and increases high school and university collaborations, efficiency, and alignment.
“Rural U, since its inception, has seen rapid and exponential growth,” states Scott Voisine, UMFK's Dean of Community Education, “This grant will provide for the continued development of the necessary infrastructure, program outcomes and assessment, and student-centered technology necessary to make the program a model for early post-secondary education in rural Maine and in other rural communities.”
The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis' retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.
For more information please visit our website, http://ruralu.umfk.edu or call Scott Voisine at 207-834-8644.