FARMINGTON — Two Franklin County residents, Robin Chaput of Strong and Elva Swett of Farmington, developed a strong and supportive friendship on their way to graduating from Central Maine Community College earlier this month.
Shortly after they met in one of their first classes together, Chaput and Swett learned that they had much in common. They shared the same early childhood education major, lived in Franklin County and owned child care facilities. They even graduated from high school the same year.
“We also realized that not only could we travel together but that we needed to take many of the same courses,” they said.
While they rode together to many of their classes at the Auburn campus, they also were able to complete a number of courses much closer to home. They took business math, algebra and education of children with special needs at Foster Tech and language and literacy at the Adult Learning Center in Farmington.
Not only have they taken advantage of courses that were delivered in Franklin County, they were also instrumental in recruiting students to sign up for some of them. They got 10 students to sign up for general biology at the Adult Learning Center and for behavior analysis and management at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
Both women have earned president’s honors at CMCC and are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Swett has owned and operated E.T.’s Day Care in Farmington Falls for more than 20 years. Chaput owns Robin’s Nest, a family child care facility in Strong that has provided Head Start and Early Head Start programs for more than 10 years.
Another thing they have in common is that they both have children in college. It has been a busy graduation season at their homes as Chaput’s daughter Aimee is graduating from USM and Swett’s son Anthony is graduating from Kennebec Valley Community College.