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Penquis Higher Education Center graduates first college class

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 21, May 21, 2003

On Saturday, May 17,2003, 15 graduates from the Penquis region, who earned one-year college diplomas and certificates at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover-Foxcroft, were graduated in Commencement exercises held at Eastern Maine Technical College in Bangor. Theirs is the first class to graduate from the new Penquis College Center.

In morning ceremonies, eight Health Care Secretary Certificates were awarded to the following graduates: Eloise M. Bryer, Milo - with Honors; Brian R. Campbell, Dover-Foxcroft - with Honors; Patricia C. Ferlond, Greenville Jct. - with Honors; Tina Jean Frost, Dexter - with Honors; Kimberly E. Hartman, Milo - with Honors; Suzanne Lisa Preble, Guilford - with Honors; Melissa A. Weston, Brownville Jet.; and Valerie Jean Weston, Monson -with Honors.

Seven Electricians Technology Diplomas were awarded in afternoon ceremonies to: Ronald C. Bagley, Cambridge - with Honors; Gregory A.Macomber, Dexter - with Honors; Ronald Lee Norsworthy, Dover-Foxcroft - with Honors; Robert J. Sorkin, Guilford - with Honors; David Michael Stupakewicz, Guilford; Bruce E. White, Sebec - with Honors; and Harry A. Woods, Jr., Dexter - with Honors.

Earning a 4.0 Grade Point Average were Suzanne Preble and Gregory A. Macomber.

The 2003 graduating class has been an especially motivated and close-knit group. All 15 graduates enrolled in the local college program directly after being laid off from Dexter Shoe Company. The class includes a mother-daughter team, Eloise Bryer and Kirn Hartman, as well as sisters Melissa and Valerie Weston.

The Penquis Higher Education Center offers regional access to higher education in a variety of selected fields such as early childhood education, health care programs, computer technologies, manufacturing technologies and business management. Working closely with local businesses to promote economic growth within the region, the college center provides customized learning opportunities and programs for gainful employment in technical fields. In addition, courses and programs are offered through interactive television (ITV) through the University of Maine system.

Penquis region post-secondary students may earn associates and bachelors degrees, certificates, diplomas and continuing education units (CEUs) locally in Dover-Foxcroft.

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