USM LAC students build college aspirations with local youths


LEWISTON — Students at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College recently organized and hosted an interactive college adventure tour for local Lewiston high school youths. Thirty-nine high school juniors and seniors from the Tree Street Youth program and the DEC Academic Success program visited USM’s Lewiston campus and explored their programs in natural and applied sciences, nursing, leadership, and social and behavioral science programs.

The students also learned of the varied community engagement opportunities available at USM LAC and saw the Franco-American Collection, which is one of the largest repositories of Franco-American archival material in the state. The tour began with a welcome from USM LAC Dean Joyce Gibson and concluded with admissions counseling and a reception. USM LAC faculty and students attended the reception to answer the tour participants’ questions.

The tour was funded by a grant from Maine Campus Compact and was organized by USM LAC students Ryan Gray, Tracie Travers, Tristan Newton, Katie McCabe, Nesra Ibrahim and Brittany Nadeau as part of a community engagement project for their Toward a Global Ethics course taught by Professor Michelle Vazquez Jacobus.