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President's Letter

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Southern Maine Community College is a great place to begin your college education and build a foundation for your future. The College, like our students, is constantly changing and growing, always improving what we do bestóproviding high quality, results-oriented education in:

  • Applied Technologies
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business and Computers
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Service

As Maineís largest community college, we offer a wide variety of excellent programs that will prepare you to begin an exciting career immediately upon graduation or allow you to continue your education at a four-year college or university. Credits earned at Southern Maine Community College transfer to colleges and universities across the country. A joint admissions agreement with the University of Southern Maine (USM) allows students admitted to Southern Maine Community College guaranteed acceptance to a program at USM with junior status once they have graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.

We offer exciting opportunities in health sciences and technologies. Our health science programs have developed and expanded to meet the growing employment opportunities in the health care professions. Graduates report nearly 100% job placement in their field. And in the technologies, we continue to develop our programs to provide students with expanded opportunities. Students can continue their work towards a bachelorís degree under an arrangement with USMís School of Applied Engineering, Science and Technology.

Yet the most exciting thing about the College is the bond students form with faculty and staff. Southern Maine Community College faculty and staff are here to teach, mentor, and support students. When asked about their experience at Southern Maine Community College, our students and alumni say that connections with faculty and staff help to create a supportive learning environment where students can succeed.

Much more can be said about the College and the exciting opportunities we provide, but to get a true sense of who we are and what we offer, I invite you to explore this publication, visit our website (, and tour our campus to see for yourself what makes Southern Maine Community College such a special place. Come join us and envision your future by participating in an exciting learning experience that will set the foundation for the rest of your life.

James O. Ortiz, Ed.D.

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