LEWISTON – Maineiacs officials are working with three local colleges to change the way the young players go to school.

The year-old semipro hockey team has been talking with three local colleges – Central Maine Community College in Auburn and Bates and Lewiston-Auburn colleges, both in Lewiston – about enrolling players in courses or providing classroom space for them to study, said team education adviser Roger Lachapelle.

This year, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players, all 16 to 20 years old, spent their school hours studying correspondence courses in Lewiston’s Multi-Purpose Center.

“The education program will be as different as night and day from this year’s,” LaChapelle said.

Both L-A College and the community college are talking with hockey officials about providing classes for high school and college students, Lachapelle said. The community college has offered to tailor courses to the team’s needs, holding classes on the days the players are in town.

Bates College officials have talked about providing foreign language classes for students who need them to pass Quebec education requirements.

For Maineiacs teenagers who want locker-lined hallways and study halls instead, team officials are trying to find area high schools.

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