University College-Rumford Looking to Move

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RUMFORDThe University College at Rumford/Mexico is looking for a new location in the River Valley.

Administrators and staff at the campus at 13 Brown St. in Mexico cite increased student enrollment and usage, the need to make the campus fully accessible to physically-challenged students and a relatively small (3,000 square feet) facility as motivating influences dictating the search for a new venue.

“The powers that be see the deficiencies in the building,” said Jean Kay, the college director. “Students are studying and working more online yet at the same time students want to get together (in person) for study groups and discussions.”

Kay lamented that the current rather confining physical space limitations presented a handicap to students who wished in-person academic interaction in the existing campus. Furthermore, with no elevator on campus to access the second floor classrooms it has become  increasingly problematic to accommodate all students without difficulty.

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The school offers many student services, in addition to academic courses, according to Kay. They include student advising, financial aid counseling, and  job and college application assistance.

The University College at Rumford-Mexico has served the Western Maine area for more than 20 years. The college, one of nine centers throughout Maine, offers more than 30 full degree and certificate programs and delivers distance education from all seven of the University of Maine System campuses.

                            dfayen@sunjournal.com

RUMFORD- The University College at Rumford/Mexico is looking for a new location in the River Valley.

Administrators and staff at UC Rumford/Mexico campus, located at 13 Brown Street in Mexico, cite increased student enrollment and usage, the need to make the campus fully accessible to physically-challenged students and a relatively small (3000 square feet) facility are the motivating influences dictating the search for a new venue.

“The ‘powers-that-be’ see the defieciencies in the building,” said Jean Kay, the UCRM Director. “Students are studying and working more on-line yet at the same time students want to get together (in-person) for study groups and discussions.”

Kay lamented that the current rather confining physical space limitations presented a hndicap to students who wished in-person sacademic interaction in the existing campus. Furthermore, with no elevator on campus to access the second floor classrooms it has become  increasingly problematic to accomodate all students without difficulty.

The school offers many student services, in addition to academic courses, according to Kay; such as student advising, financial aid counseling,  job and college application assistance.

One of the University College  potential relocation sites is the Technological Center at 70 Lowell Street in Rumford. “It looks like we’re one-and-a-half to two years out from making the move.”

The University College at Rumford-Mexico has served the western Maine mountains for more than 20 years. The college, one of nine centers throughout Maine, UCRM offers more than 30 full degree and certificate programs and delivers distance education from all seven of the University of Maine system campuses.

                            dfayen@sunjournal.com

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