Two students the first to join UMaine under College of Engineering-Thornton Academy partnership

Thornton Academy seniors Caleb Bailey and Ben Leary have been accepted into College of Engineering with sophomore status through a first-in-the-state partnership forged to create a pipeline of Maine residents entering the engineering sector.

Both students are completing a rigorous curriculum that has included Advanced Placement (AP) courses in chemistry, physics, computer science, calculus, foreign language, the humanities, history/social science and English, as well as an Honors Introduction of Engineering course. First announced in 2013, this unique articulation agreement allows Thornton Academy students to complete 30 college credits, bypassing freshman year — an estimated savings of at least $24,000.

The partnership rewards motivated students with the ability to challenge themselves, reach their full potential, defray college costs, and complete an undergraduate degree in three years.

“I commend these two students for completing an entire year of engineering education through the UMaine College of Engineering–Thornton Academy partnership,” says College of Engineering Dean Dana Humphrey. “This shows both the dedication of these students and the high quality education provided by Thornton Academy.”

Humphrey formally recognized the accomplishments of the two students at a ceremony held at Thornton Academy May 25.

“Maine absolutely needs more engineers. Over Caleb and Ben’s working lifetimes, the challenges that engineers are going to need to solve are immense,” he said.

Thornton Academy Headmaster Rene Menard said, “We’re proud of Caleb and Ben and we’re proud of Thornton Academy’s ability to offer a rigorous and comprehensive STEM program. I also want to congratulate Caleb and Ben’s families as we know that few students can achieve success without family support.”

Thornton Academy in Saco is a co-educational, private boarding and day school serving grades 6 through 12.