Joins Statewide “Tools for School” Campaign to Provide 500 Students in Southern Maine with Backpacks Stocked with Notebooks, Calculators, Rulers and More!    

July 13, 2011 - KENNEBUNK, ME.  As children and adults throughout Maine enjoy a well deserved summer vacation, the United Way of York County and several community partners are thinking ahead to make sure that children enter the new school year ready to learn, equipped with the tools they need to succeed, by joining a statewide effort to provide donated items such as backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, rulers and composition notebooks to children unable to afford them. 

“One of our primary goals at United Way is to create and support efforts that help children and youth meet academic milestones and graduate on time,” says Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of United Way of York County.

WinterKids appoints new Executive Director

WinterKids, the non-profit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity, today announced the appointment of its new executive director, Julie D. Mulkern. Mulkern, who served as WinterKids' development director since September 2008, brings 12 years of professional non-profit experience to the organization, including resource development, program development, and staff and volunteer management in the public health sector.

"We are very pleased to welcome Julie to the executive director post," said Anna Fincke, president of the WinterKids board of directors. "Her creative vision, compassion and experience will shape and expand WinterKids in exciting ways, and guide our efforts to get more kids outside and active in winter.

Upward Enrollment Trend Continues at York County Community College

Upward Enrollment Trend Continues at York County Community College


 Wells-   York County Community College (YCCC) recently announced that the college has reached another record summer enrollment.  With a total of 586 students enrolled in the 2011 Summer semester, the college has realized an 18% increase compared to Summer 2010. The number of credit hours taken has skyrocketed, also, with an increase of seven hundred hours over last summer.

One, of many, factors contributing to the continued enrollment surge is the affordability of a two year degree, or the first two years, of a four year degree, at the community college tuition rate.

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).

YCCC holds 16th Commencement Exercises

YCCC holds 16th Commencement Exercises


Wells-  York County Community College’s 16th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 14th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ogunquit Playhouse.  Over 135 graduates earned an associate degree in one of sixteen academic areas.

The day’s events included greetings given by Dr. Charles Lyons, president of YCCC; Joseph R. Hanslip,  Member, Board of Trustees, Maine Community College System;  Vice-President and Academic Dean, Paula Gagnon; Dean of Students, Dr. Corinne Kowpak;  Faculty, Technology/Applied Sciences, Michael Lee; and student representative,  Barbara Francoeur.The Commencement Speaker was Bill Green, anchor/reporter and host of Bill Green’s Maine.  

For the first time in the college’s young history, the YCCC campus was not able to host the commencement ceremony.  “This year graduating class is the largest ever,” said Dr. Charles Lyons, college president.

Wells High School Student Named Best Entry from Maine in National Essay Contest

Bridget Boyle Earns $1,000 Scholarship

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is pleased to announce that Bridget Boyle has written Maine's winning essay in the Institute's 24th Annual National Peace Essay Contest.

Each year, the Institute selects a question that relates to its prevention and reconciliation work in zones of conflict around the world.  Bridget's essay, "Of the People, By the People: Citizen Participation and the Pursuit of Peace," addressed the intersection between governance, corruption and conflict.

"The 2011 contested challenged the students to go beyond the news headlines and analyze the impact that corruption can have on effective governance and how it shapes international peacebuilding initiatives," commented Pamela Aall, senior vice president of USIP's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.

YCCC to offer Saturday classes

YCCC to offer Saturday classes
YORK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD SATURDAY CLASSES   WELLS-  Starting with the upcoming Fall 2011 semester, York County Community College (YCCC) will open its doors on Saturdays.  YCCC will hold weekend classes in an effort to address the continued enrollment surge the college has experienced for the past 5 years, and the need for additional class sessions that accompanies that growth.   YCCC Saturday college will offer two sessions; 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and 12:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. Students interested in weekend classes will be afforded an opportunity to sign up for two, consecutive classes, limiting the time on campus and perhaps childcare and/or transportation costs.