The Friends of Long Creek helped support an SMCC (Southern Maine Community College) campus tour for eleven very eager and extremely well-behaved residents this month. The students met with an admissions officer, took a student-led tour, and enjoyed a delicious meal in the cafeteria. Chef Ogden from the LDYDC (Long Creek Youth Development Center) culinary program made arrangements for himself and the culinary students to take a special tour of the SMCC culinary program facility while we were there.
The vocational training facilities at SMCC impressed our residents most. Their eyes lit up when they entered the massive automotive repair building, where they enjoyed “talking trucks and engines” with an instructor. Another highlight was the in-depth tour we got of the Integrated Manufacturing Technology Program — led by the department head, himself. The precision manufacturing facility at SMCC is beyond amazing.
Thank you to all those who prioritized the college trips, helped make them happen, and went the extra mile to allow all eleven residents to go. The visits were incredibly inspiring for our guys. Most have never been on a college campus before, and there’s just no substitute for seeing, listening to, and feeling what it’s really like. The students came back excited about applying to college after the SMCC visit.