Preparing for College!

So, you are considering college, but you just don't know where to begin. Believe it or not, junior high is not too early to start looking at what colleges have to offer and how you can get a head start on college credit, planning for financing your education, and how to navigate the application process. The videos below are a great place to start when planning ahead for a college education.


How to Leverage Early College for Your Post-secondary Education, Rachael Magill, Kari Suderley, and Christy Alley.

Helpful links from the webinar!

UMaine Early College - Courses, Pathways and Homeschool Access, Christy Alley

Applying to College, Trish Hutchins

Writing the College Essay, Angela Hurd

College Essay Packet
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You may also be interested in personal feedback for your college essay. Register below and a Maine certified teacher will be in touch with edits and feedback on how to make your essay even better.

Financing College, Nikki Vachon

How to Ace the SAT and Get Free College, Jean Burk

ACE the SAT Webinar Notes
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Webinar Presenters

Nikki Vachon

Nikki has been part of the outreach team at FAME for five years and serves Aroostook, Hancock, and Penobscot & Washington Counties.  She came to us with 17 years of financial aid experience.  She completed her undergraduate degree in at the University of ME at Presque Isle and completed her MBA in Business at Husson University in 2007.  Her passion is working to make sure every student has educational opportunities and giving them the foundation to make good financial decisions. She lives in Bangor with her husband, has three step children.  She welcomed her first grandchild, Ellie and a new puppy, Murphy into the family in 2018!

Jean Burk

SAT Instructor, Jean Burk, is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX as a news contributor, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, iON, CW, TXA21, and The Homeschool Channel. She also serves as a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, educational resources, and online publications. Jean currently travels across the United States and abroad teaching students how to improve their standardized test scores and speaking to parents about how to get college for FREE!

Trish Hutchins

Trish is a veteran homeschooling mom from the Belfast area. She is a Homeschoolers of Maine regional representative for Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln counties. Trish has homeschooled her sons from kindergarten through high school, and both boys are currently in college.  

Angela Hurd

Angela received her BA from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in English Education/Bible and was an English teacher for 18 years at Belfast Area High School in Belfast, ME.  She is now gratefully homeschooling her two young sons in her small town of Morrill.  She loves reading books with her boys, talking about politics with her husband, singing worship music, and learning something new every day!

Christy Alley

Christy, born and raised in Downeast Maine, graduated from Machias Memorial High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at Bowdoin College.  She is a licensed social worker as well as a certified Global Career Development Facilitator.  For the past 20 years, Christy has worked with low-income, first-generation high-school and college students providing academic, career, and financial aid advising.