The University of Southern Maine (USM) and the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) have forged a new partnership to offer expanded degree programs at Lewiston Auburn College (LAC). Beginning immediately, UMA will offer bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration at USM's Lewiston campus. Students may register now with classes starting on January 22, 2018.
In addition to UMA programs in Business and Public Administration, UMA will also offer in Lewiston two baccalaureate degrees in Applied Science and Liberal Studies for community college graduates who have earned an associate's degree. An option to enroll in education classes that provide a pathway for K-12 teaching opportunities is also available.
"Providing educational opportunities for Maine people to expand their skill sets is essential to the health of our economy," said UMA President Rebecca Wyke. "Maine needs an educated workforce, and we need to work together to achieve it. That is why UMA and USM's collaboration is a win for everyone."
"USM's partnership with UMA demonstrates that by working together, we can provide more opportunities for the people who live and work in central Maine," said USM President Glenn Cummings. "Moreover, we're just getting started. With both universities fully committed to do all we can to help build a better future in this critically important region of Maine, we expect to announce additional degree offerings in the future."
As USM and UMA build on this partnership, additional options under consideration for the Lewiston campus include expanded offerings in Nursing and Health Professions, Occupational Therapy, Cyber Security, Justice Studies, and Mental Health and Human Services.
"These new educational offerings will be a great asset to the people and businesses of western Maine," said C. Shawn Yardley, CEO of Community Concepts in Lewiston. "They will give people more skills to improve their economic security, while strengthening our workforce benefiting area employers and our overall economy."
Anyone interested in these degree options should contact UMA Admissions at 207-621-3465 or toll free at 1-877-UMA-1234 for more information.