Washington County Community College is one of seven community colleges that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System. WCCC is a non-profit, residential, post-secondary institution supported, in part, by appropriation from the Maine State Legislature. The college is located in Calais, a rural community on the international border between the United States and Canada. The college’s modern classrooms, labs, and residential buildings are situated on a hillside overlooking the St. Croix River Valley at the edge of a 400-acre campus of mature woods and fields.
The college currently offers 32 full-time major programs of study at the associate degree, diploma and certificate levels. A wide range of credit and non-credit courses are also offered in the evening, during the summer term and online. All these programs are offered to women and men, and all students are encouraged to enroll in programs considered non-traditional for their gender. Qualified people with disabilities are also encouraged to apply and are provided appropriate support services.
Most programs are designed to give male and female students the technical knowledge and skills as well as the essential general education with which to pursue a career field after graduation. The Liberal Studies program offers students the opportunity to obtain their first two years of a baccalaureate credential at WCCC before transferring to another college or university. WCCC has a number of program articulation agreements with four-year institutions throughout the state to assist students to transfer upon meeting the necessary course requirements.
Members of the college community are proud of the education provided at WCCC and look forward to many more years of providing quality post-secondary education at Washington County Community College.
At WCCC we offer 32 major areas of study. Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs are in high demand for technical and career fields. We also offer a liberal studies program where you can earn the first two years toward a baccalaureate degree.
Liberal Studies/Transfer Program
The liberal studies program at WCCC offers a number of choices for students. If you are not sure what degree to pursue, liberal studies provides a college start. If you wish to transfer after two years, liberal studies is an affordable way to begin the college experience. If you have a financial concern, the tuition at WCCC is very affordable when liberal studies classes are offered during the day, in the evening and online. Students may take one or two courses or may enroll full-time.
With the AdvantageU partnership, a student is first admitted into the liberal studies program, and after successfully earning an associate in arts degree at WCCC, is guaranteed admission as a junior at the Maine public university of his or her choice. For those students enrolled in liberal studies who are pursuing the transfer option, some things must be kept in mind. Since some university programs have specific program criteria and/or GPA requirements, the student needs to work closely with his or her advisor to make certain they meet the requirements for the baccalaureate program they wish to attend. In most cases, a bachelor’s degree can be earned in two years at the selected university. There is no university application fee for a transferring student. It is important for the student to work closely with the advisor early on to make certain all requirements are met.
The career programs at WCCC offer intensive instruction in 32 major areas of study, with numerous one- and two-year options in those programs. Many programs offer a choice of an associate degree curriculum or a one-year certificate or diploma.
WCCC’s career programs are geared to prepare students to successfully obtain employment. Some of the associate degree level programs also offer the opportunity for transfer into baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions.
WCCC students get hands-on learning from industry professionals. Faculty are well known and respected in their respective professions. Their familiarity with the industry and its employers is invaluable.