Rural U course registration is now handled through ExplorEC, a new, SYSTEM-WIDE registration process. School counselors have received a username and temporary password from Community Education in order to access this new registration system. For access to video and downloadable .docx tutorials, visit academics.maine.edu/early-college/explorec-portal/.
Rural U offers Early College courses through a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of rural Maine high school students. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each program. For additional information, contact the UMFK Office of Community Education at 207-834-8645 or visit your High School Guidance Office.
Maine Aspirations is a unique program in which students take live or online courses for college credit and high school elective credit. This program is not exclusive to UMFK, but the University does work with school partners to ensure that appropriate student and academic support structures, both at school and on campus, are in place. Maine Aspirations students can earn up to 12 credits per year (no more than 6 per semester).
Qualified students can take any 100 or 200-level online course offered by the University. Some higher level courses are allowed if students meet the prerequisite requirements. Course lists are sent out to high school partners before the Registration period and are also listed on the website in the appropriate Resources section. Local students, located close to UMFK, may also have the option of taking courses on campus.
Tuition is free for students. The Maine Department of Education, through the Maine Aspirations program, pays for half the tuition and UMFK grants a scholarship for the other half. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for course fees and books. Course fees are $84.00 per 3 credit course.
Textbooks can be purchased online through our campus store. Students have the choice of buying new, used, or e-books as well as renting.
Students that complete a Rural U course will have grades placed on an official UMFK transcript, which can be added to if the student attends UMFK or can be transferred to another college of choice. For ease of transferability students are encouraged to take General Education courses.
Concurrent Enrollment is defined as UMFK courses being taught at partner high schools by high school teachers qualified and approved as UMFK adjunct faculty. The courses are taught during the regular school day and can last one semester (3 credits) or a full year (3-6 credits).
Courses are generally aligned with courses already being taught at the high school (i.e., the high school course, Senior English, can be aligned with UMFK’s English Composition I and II). Course curriculum must meet all of UMFK’s learning outcomes. Teachers are also required to provide evidence of rigor, assessment, and sample student work.
Tuition is free for students. The Maine Department of Education, through the Maine Aspirations program, pays for half the tuition and UMFK grants a scholarship for the other half. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for course fees and books, when required. Course fees are $84.00 per 3 credit course.
Students that complete a course will have grades placed on an official UMFK transcript, which can be added to if the student attends UMFK, or can be transferred to another college of choice.
Gear Up for Your Degree and Career! Earn Early College certificates while in High School and prepare for tomorrow's workforce.
The certificates are micro-credentials that will have a special designation on a student's transcript and tie into UMFK's degree programs. Certificate classes may be taken by high school juniors and seniors in good standing. Students completing these Early College course combinations will receive an Early College Certificate designation on a UMFK transcript.
Click here for more information about the Rural U Workforce Early College Career Exploration Certificates offered at UMFK, or contact the UMFK Office of Community Education at 207-834-8645.
Rural U Down East is a partnership between UMFK and the University of Maine at Machias. By promoting online courses through Rural U, the collaboration seeks to expand early college options to students and schools throughout Maine.
For information please visit https://machias.edu/academics/umm-early-college/, or contact Christy Alley at 207-255-1268.
Valley U is Maine’s first early college high school model. Established in 2011 as Pleasant Street Academy, it is a partnership between the University and Fort Kent Community High School. Students enroll as juniors and seniors and have the opportunity to earn up to 33 credits by graduation. All courses are taught at UMFK by UMFK faculty and at the high school by teachers approved as adjunct faculty. Classes count toward both core high school requirements and UMFK general education requirements.
The program only has room for 40 students, 20 per year. If more students are eligible for the program than space allows, a blind lottery will determine the cohort.
Students that complete a Valley U course will have grades placed on an official UMFK transcript, which can be added to if the student attends UMFK, or can be transferred to another college of choice.
Valley U is locally funded. Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for course fees and textbooks, when required; tuition will be paid for by the program. The estimated cost of the program to students and their parents/guardians is approximately $1350 to $1500 over the course of two years. At regular price, without tuition scholarships by UMFK and FKCHS, the cost would be approximately $8100.
More information coming soon.