Graduating from high school is the first step in an exciting journey! You may have decided that college is not the next step for you. If so, what can you do? The possibilities are endless. The recordings below may help you determine what that next step may be.
Navigate: How to Figure Out the Big Decisions and Multiple Options of Young Adulthood (Jonathan Brush)
Military Options for Graduates (David P. O'Neil & SSG Rowe)
The Early College Landscape in Maine (Rachael Magill & Kari Suderley)
Early Graduation Options (Kathi Kearney)
Rachael Magill is the Director of Early College for the University of Maine at Augusta and has been in this position for over 6 years. Prior to this she coordinated Early College programs in the greater Philadelphia region for Arcadia University as well as worked in undergraduate and graduate admissions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Humanities where she focused on International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She lives in Southern Maine with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats. When she's not working you will find her at the beach, reading or attempting to sew.
Kari Suderley, originally from Ohio, moved to Maine in 1999. She brings the experience of having worked as a career and education advisor for a local non-profit for 5 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Maine.
Kari joined the staff at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in the fall of 2017 and began her work with Early College in the Spring of 2018. Through her leadership in the Early College program, it is evident that Kari is passionate about helping students find the resources they need to be successful in college coursework. Kari is dedicated to building relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community.
Jonathan Brush is a first generation homeschool graduate, the President and CEO of Unbound, and homeschool dad of six, Jonathan has spoken for over a decade to parents, students, and groups across the country about effectively preparing young adults for life, the excitement and adventure of raising a family, maximizing higher education options, and how to be extraordinary at ordinary things. With a fresh, enthusiastic speaking approach, he consistently provides new perspective, practical advice, and honest hope to audiences of varied ages and backgrounds. Jonathan worked for nine years as a Director of Admissions for a private liberal arts college and has since worked in non-traditional higher education for over a decade. Jonathan and his family make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Dave Oneil is an Education Services Specialist with U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion – New England with over 16 years’ experience in the field. Dave was also a career Army Officer with 21 years active duty with a career covering multiple assignments including teaching at the United States Military Academy. As a New England Native (Boston) it has been a rewarding profession to talk with educators about the opportunities the Army can provide to our prospective soldiers.
SSG Jason Rowe has been in the National Guard for over 11 years. Prior to being a recruiter he was an electrician with the 136th EN. Co. in Lewiston, Maine. He worked on many projects across the state helping schools, Boys and Girls camps, and other projects. He's been to El Salvador to help build a school. His project was running wire so the school could have power. Over the last several years, SSG Rowe has been in recruiting battalion helping to educate people about the guard and changing lives for those who want to be a part of the Maine Army National Guard.
Kathi Kearney serves on the board of directors for Homeschoolers of Maine. She has worked with homeschooling families in Maine for more than 30 years and helped to author Maine's homeschool law. Kathi teaches gifted & talented students in Maine,and is a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver.