UMF appoints Petroska as head of UMF Early College program

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce that Maine teacher Kirsten Petroska has been appointed the new full-time director of the UMF Early College Partnerships program.

Early College is a program partnered with the Maine Department of Education that allows high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit and initiate a transcript while still in school. high school.

“I am delighted to welcome Kirsten to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at UMF. His role demonstrates Farmington’s ability to adapt to the changing populations served by Maine’s public universities. Helping high school students earn college credit removes barriers to success and puts us even closer to high schools, ”said Erin Connor, Associate Dean of UMF Graduate and Continuing Education.

Petroska comes to UMF from the Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education Program where she has taught for the past eight years, during which time she earned her Masters in Adult and Higher Education.

According to Petroska, teaching in the Oxford Hills program has helped her better understand the value of education to the general public and its role in promoting a positive learning experience.

Early College also seeks to promote a positive learning experience and provides a valuable opportunity for high school students to earn their first higher education credits and see themselves succeed.

A graduate of UMF in 2011, Petroska understands the strengths that Farmington offers to students pursuing Early College credits.

“I am very excited to help Maine students complete their resumes. UMF has a reputation for combining a quality educational experience with a focus on the individual, ”said Petroska. “This program works closely with our high school partners to provide a virtual toolkit for high school students, helping them meet their expectations, develop their time management skills and become independent learners. “

Students have several learning options, including dual enrollment, where classes are taught by a highly qualified high school teacher under the supervision of UMF faculty. They can also participate in the Maine Aspirations program, once approved by their high school and the UMF, and take UMF courses on campus or online.

Tuition for up to 12 credits is free for public high school students in Maine, as the university acts part of it and the Maine Department of Education pays the rest. Students over their credit limit or students attending private high schools in Maine can still participate at the special rate of $ 138.25 per credit.

For more information, contact Kirsten Petroska at [email protected], or 207-778-7266.

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