University College at Rumford/Mexico Center is the distance education arm of all seven University of Maine system campuses. Hundreds of courses were offered during the most recent semester and dozens of fully-accredited degrees, ranging from a two-year to a master’s degree, plus many undergraduate and graduate certificates. The professional staff at the College Center provide one-stop services to students including assistance with applications, financial aid, and advising.

Courses are delivered in a variety of ways, including face-to-face undergraduate classes taught by professional faculty members. Video-conference, online, and interactive television are the other modalities, and a number of courses, called hybrid or blended courses, use two or more delivery methods. The Center also proctors university exams from all over the country, organizes the logistics of distance learning, and is open more than 48 hours a week. It hosts a variety of community services, including meetings of the Pennacook Art council.

As the Center looks to the future, more community involvement will follow as it moves from being a place where students gather to a place where people gather to work, study, learn, and collaborate together. Visit the Center at 13 Brown Street, Mexico, or online at

Call University College at Rumford/Mexico to sign up for a new student orientation at 207-364-7882, or 800-696-1103 if you live in Maine.

University College to offer criminal justice courses

PARIS — Anyone planning to prepare for a career in the criminal justice field will find a number of opportunities at University College at South Paris this fall. The University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Fort Kent and the University of Maine at Presque Isle each will each offer courses in their criminal justice/justice studies programs in the fall semester, which begins in September.


UMA will deliver 12 courses in its justice studies programs online and via interactive television. UMA’s bachelor and associate degrees in justice studies provide opportunities in law enforcement, paralegal work, detective work, corrections and security.

UMFK will offer online courses in their B.S. in public safety administration program, their A.A. in criminal justice and their A.A. in emergency management/homeland security programs. These programs are designed to prepare students academically with professional skills for work in public service, governmental management and public safety, including law enforcement and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional and local levels.

UMPI will offer an online course in juvenile justice and delinquency. UMPI offers B.A. and A.A. degrees in criminal justice.

University College provides computer labs for those who don’t have access to high-speed Internet connections and training for people who are new to online learning.

Registration for the fall semester is open and ongoing. For more information, contact University College at South Paris at 207-743-9322 or visit ­­­­­­ to view a course listing.

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