Winnie LaRochelle of Rangeley is a scholar athlete at CMCC in Auburn

AUGUSTA, ME – The Maine Community College System (MCCS) welcomes Winnie LaRochelle of Rangeley as the new student trustee on the Board of Trustees.

LaRochelle graduated this spring with an associate degree in criminal justice from Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn. She will continue her studies at CMCC next year, pursuing an advanced certificate in police operations.

“This is quite an honor,” said LaRochelle, who added that living in the campus dorms and being involved in sports and other campus activities will allow her to gather valuable information to share with the board. “I am able to see firsthand and understand the colleges at a different level than someone from the outside. Board members can ask me for the student perspective.”

Her goal is to become a Maine game warden and work with young people. LaRochelle has mentored younger students when she was in high school and through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Winnie’s community service and experience in so many aspects of community college life makes her an outstanding addition to the board,” said MCCS President David Daigler. “She’s a top scholar, an athlete, a dorm resident, a community volunteer, works, and is now stacking her academic credentials with an advanced certificate on top of her associate degree. I’m looking forward to her contributions to the important work of the board.”

LaRochelle was nominated by Governor Janet Mills and confirmed by the Maine Senate. She serves a two-year term.

The Maine Community College System’s Board of Trustees is the policy making authority for the system and consists of 13 appointed voting members, one ex-officio voting member, and one ex-officio non-voting member.

Maine’s seven community colleges are the smart and affordable choice for lifelong learning in Maine. The colleges serve more than 25,000 people a year, through two-year associate degree and one-year certificate programs, short-term workforce training, early college programs, advanced certificates, and other learning opportunities.


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