LEWISTON — A record 368 graduates of the Class of 2010 at Central Maine Community College received their diplomas Wednesday night in ceremonies at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
CMCC President Scott E. Knapp said the Auburn school was continuing a 13-year tradition of having the largest-ever enrollment each year. He said the summer enrollment is already up 78 percent, and he said to the graduates, “You should be glad that you attended when parking was good.”
In her keynote address, Maine Development Foundation President and CEO Laurie G. Lachance told the students, “For some of you, employers invested in you because they could see the value. For others, communities and families invested because they could see potential, and you invested in yourselves in a way that happens far too infrequently.”
Lachance, who was Maine’s state economist for 11 years before working the past five years for the Maine Development Foundation, expressed optimism about the state’s recovery from recession.
“We are finally turning the corner,” she said. “Unemployment statistics are stabilizing and housing sales are rising.”
Noting that the world is changing and is increasingly driven by technology, knowledge and innovation, Lachance told the graduates, “You have armed yourselves with the greatest protection against this disruption — an education.”
Emily Morris, student of the year, delivered the class message.
She urged her fellow graduates to “set goals, be specific, have beliefs and take action.”
Doris Belisle-Bonneau, a member of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees, said the CMCC graduates “affirm that Maine people are willing to work hard” to achieve significant accomplishments.
The diplomas were awarded in 30 courses of study:
Accounting, 10; applied technical studies, 1; architectural and civil engineering technology, 12; automotive parts and service management, 1; automotive technology, 19; building construction technology, 11; business administration and management, 67; business and computer applications, 3.
Computer technology, 26; construction safety and health, 4; criminal justice, 8; culinary arts, 16; early childhood education, 15; education, 3; electromechanical technology, 18; Ford asset (automotive technology), 11; general studies, 37.
Graphic arts/printing technology, 11; human services, 13; liberal studies, 42; machine tool technology, 20; medical assistant, 27; medical coding, 13; medical transcription, 4; nursing, 53; occupational health and safety, 7; practical nursing, 2; radiologic technology, 51; telecommunication technology: FairPoint, 2; and trade and technical operations, 1.