AUBURN — Central Maine Community College President Scott Knapp has announced the establishment of the Roland Sutton Endowed Scholarship Fund for students in the Machine Tool Technology program.

Sutton is chairman of the board and founder of Maine Machine Products Company in South Paris. A director emeritus of the CM Education Foundation Board, Sutton and his family have been strong supporters of CMCC and the Machine Tool Technology program for many years. The scholarship has been established in his honor.

Robert Blethen of Sidney and Caryn Fredsall of Waterford were honored recently as the first two recipients of the scholarship and are now working at Maine Machine Products Company as they complete the program this semester.

In addition to starting the endowed fund with a gift of $15,000, the company has awarded 50 full scholarships to students in the program to cover the cost of tuition, books and fees. The state-approved apprenticeship program also includes two years of work experience at the company.

The Machine Tool Technology associate degree program at CMCC offers broad training experience in the metal products industry. Graduates of the program are employed as machine operators, machinists, CNC machinists, tool and die makers, quality control inspectors, machine assemblers, machine tool designers, CNC programmer or field service representatives.

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