Southern Maine Community College got its start after World War Two to accommodate the influx of veterans seeking career training opportunities and higher education. The college sits on a historic spot, the one-time home of the military Fort Preble. Since its inception, the college has evolved from the Maine Vocational Technical Institute to the Southern Maine Community College. Its major educational focus has shifted from training-based to a broader, general education focus. Graduates of its programs receive either diplomas or certificates. It is currently accredited by the the Associations Commission on Technical and Career Institutions, and is located in an idyllic, 80-acre spot adjacent to Casco Bay, near the larger urban center of Portland, Maine. Students enjoy the freedom of movement between institutes of higher education afforded to them by the Community College Partnership, which stipulated certain movements and transferrals between technical colleges and the University of Maine System for eligible students.
A variety of academic programs are offered, some of which include:
Architectural & Engineering Design – upon completion, graduates will understand and utilize technical graphic standards and drawing techniques. They will acquire knowledge in the field of architectural, mechanical, electrical or civil engineering. Graduates will identify and solve design problems, as well as use Auto CAD to generate drawings and design in two and three dimensional formats.
Automotive Technology – offers graduates positions in dealerships, independent shops, automotive parts stores and companies with vehicle fleet technicians. A variety of specializations are available, including transmission, brakes, alignment, air conditioning, suspension, steering systems, and many more.
Business Administration— awards successful students an Associate in Applied Science or Associate of Science degree upon the termination of the program. Program highlights include science and mathematics courses, as well as broad-based general education core requirements.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Although most programs begin in the fall semester, SMCC utilizes a rolling admissions policy, which benefits students by giving them the opportunity to apply and be accepted throughout the year. If a student is admitted for spring semester, they may initially be taking general education classes.
Applicants need to review the variety programs offered and the special requirements for some of them. In addition to the application and fee, a high school transcript or GED certificate are required.
The student body of Southern Maine Community College is comprised of more than 5,600 students, many of whom reside in state-of-the-art on-campus dorms.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The following sports can be found here:
- Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Golf
- Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer
- Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball