UMFK and St. John Valley Technology Center Enter New Computer Credit Agreement



The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce a new articulation agreement with the St. John Valley Technology Center.

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce a new articulation agreement with the St. John Valley Technology Center.

High school students who successfully complete the Advanced Technology program at St. John Valley Technology Center in Frenchville and enroll in UMFK will now begin their pursuit of college education with up to six college credits already earned.

This is possible thanks to a new articulation agreement between the UMFK and the St. John Valley Technology Center. “The deal is focused on computer science,” says Scott Voisine, dean of community education at UMFK. “Students who enter UMFK after successfully completing the SJVTC Advanced Technology program will earn three credits toward their degree. Students who complete the SJVTC Advanced Technologies program as well as the TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro certification title offered at SJVTC will earn six credits. There is no charge for these earned credits.

UMFK and STVTC have a long history of credit articulation and collaborative arrangements in nursing and health care. “Partnering with UMFK in other fields such as information technology and computing is an important step in establishing strong study and career paths for students,” says Kevin Lavoie, Director of the Center of St. John Valley Technology.

This new deal connects more local high school students to another UMFK major and a steadily growing workforce sector. The Maine Workforce Information and Research Center is forecasting an annual growth rate of 7.9 percent in the number of jobs related to computer technology over the next decade. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13% overall growth in computer and technology jobs from 2020 to 2030.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Dawn Susee, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UMFK, said, “UMFK and the St. John Valley Technical Center are building bridges by easing the transition for students in the Valley of St. John from high school to college. and pursue careers in computer technology.

The agreement came into effect on September 1. For more information on UMFK’s computer applications and / or cybersecurity programs, contact the UMFK admissions office at 207-834-7500 or www.umfk.edu/admissions/.

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