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January 25, 2024

UNE partners with the Maine Municipal Association on workforce education program

Aerial view of college campus in Biddeford Courtesy / University of New England The University of New England has campuses in Biddeford, shown here, and Portland, as well as overseas in Tangier, Morocco.

The University of New England has created a new partnership with the Maine Municipal Association to make graduate education in emergency management affordable and accessible for members. 

Maine Municipal Association members, including municipal employees, volunteers and elected municipal officials, will be eligible for a 25% tuition discount for UNE’s online emergency management program, which includes a master’s degree program as well as a graduate certificate option. 

“The need for professional and well-trained emergency management professionals is apparent across the state, and programs like UNE’s create opportunities for current municipal employees and officials to grow and expand their skills in a way that positively impacts their communities now and into the future,” said Peter Osborne, director of educational services for the Maine Municipal Association.

Members of the Maine Municipal Association work in 400 Maine cities and towns. 

“A critical piece of UNE Online’s mission is addressing workforce needs in Maine and across the region,” said Beth Taylor-Nolan, dean of UNE Online. “Our educational products and services are designed for working adults who are trying to advance their careers while balancing the many other responsibilities in their lives.

"We design training and learning experiences that provide professionals with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy," he continued. "We do this by partnering with employers and organizations like MMA in order to benefit their members.”

UNE is home to Maine's only medical and dental colleges, in addition to offering other health care degree programs. The university is currently relocating its College of Osteopathic Medicine from the UNE Biddeford campus to the one in Portland, where a comprehensive health sciences center is being built.

More than 4,000 UNE students attend classes at the campuses in Biddeford, Portland and Tangier, Morocco, and online.

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