Washington County Community College president to retire

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CALAIS — The president of Maine’s Washington County Community College in Calais is going to retire at the end of June.

Joyce Hedlund has spent 43 years in education, 25 years in Maine’s community college system.

Before taking the top job in Calais in 2010, Hedlund spent 16 years as president of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.

The Washington County Community College has about 500 students and a 21-member faculty.

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Hedlun says that when community college students start their studies they are focused on a career and have a sense of purpose. She says the college’s job is to help the student achieve that goal, be it a welder or a nurse.

The Bangor Daily News said a national search is now under way for Hedlund’s successor.

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