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Meet Some of Our Students - Jamie

I left school in the 8th grade. Twenty years later in 1996 I received my G.E.D. I’ve always worked at low paying, back breaking, and unfulfilling jobs. I have two older brothers, Steven and Tommy, and one younger brother, Ray. All of them went to college. I knew I needed to do something, but I didn’t know I would end up at Onward.

 Let me start by saying that I’m a recovering alcoholic/addict. In 1998-2000 I was sent to Framingham MA Women’s prison, due to my substance abuse. After I was released, I went and found another unfulfilling job. Some friends of mine told me about the Onward Program. So I thought I might as well give this a try. Anything would be better than the job I had.

Since I came to Onward, the staff has built on any skills that I had. I really struggled when I took the placement test. In fact, I failed the first time. However, Onward was willing to let me take the test over. I did and obviously I improved because Jerry Ellis suggested going to the TLC in Bangor to improve my skills.

My first year at Onward I received the Donald Taverner Scholarship. My plans are to finish my four-year commitment that I made when I started Onward. The goal is to earn my B.S.W. and move on with my new career. It will certainly put me in the right direction to have a career/job that I enjoy working at. I know my family is quite proud that I found the courage to change a bad situation and make it better.

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Onward News

2015 Onward Information Sessions

Dates will be posted in Fall 2014. In the Onward Information Sessions, Onward participants will share their personal experiences as students attending the University of Maine in the Onward Program. Staff will be available to answer questions about financial aid, coursework, work load, and more.Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place in 125 East Annex on the University of Maine campus. A tour of our facility is included. Reservations are not needed, but are welcome. Call 581-2320 for more information.

Onward 1st year student helps keep veterans warm

Patrick Herbert, a first year Onward student and veteran, has started a coat drive for veterans. Check out the newscast here.

The Onward Program has two new instructors! We welcome Sara Sheppard as our Instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing and Todd Zoroya as our Instructor of Developmental Mathematics. Check out Sara and Todd's pages on the CSP Staff Links.
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Onward Program
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 581-4252E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System