York County Community College
About York County Community College
York County Community College is in York County in Wells, Maine. Wells is a popular family vacation spot with seven miles of coastline, the nationally recognized Wells Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve. Recreational activities in the area include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sailing and surfing. Local events and craft fairs are held at various times of the year including York Days, a weeklong celebration of summer in York Beach. York County offers world-renowned beaches, family amusement parks, and restaurants that are considered second to none, especially for seafood. The state of Maine is home to two symphony orchestras, opera and theatre companies, and renowned music and dance festivals. The grandfather of performing arts in Maine is the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the oldest community orchestra in the country. Venues for theatrical productions range from the outdoor Elizabethan Theatre to 19th Century renovated opera houses.
The York County Community College campus is located on 84 acres of woodlands in the heart of York County. The college prides itself on offering one of the most affordable college experiences in New England with flexible scheduling, rolling admissions, small classes and an experiential learning approach. York County Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. YCCC was established in 1994 by the 116th Maine Legislature as a grass roots college from local business and industry individuals who identified a need for a technical college. In 1995, York County Technical College opened its doors with just 156 students. In July 2003, YCTC became York County Community College.
The one-year architectural computer-aided drafting and design certificate program at YCCC is designed to meet the needs of those who plan to seek employment in the area of architectural design. Students develop sound foundations in the skills necessary to sketch a structure and then develop a full set of documentation using AutoCAD software applications, allowing for two-dimensional design and three-dimensional creation. Required program courses include computer-aided drafting, architecture, construction documents, and two general education courses in composition and algebra. The college also offers a two-year architectural design degree program intended to prepare students for positions in drafting or design for architectural firms, contractors, or construction-related companies. The curriculum includes construction methods and materials, building science, structural mechanics and the creation of construction documents. Students participate in team projects to learn problem solving, critical thinking, communication and technical skills. General education courses are required, along with program courses including computer-aided drafting, architecture, technical graphics standards, trigonometry, descriptive geometry, construction documents, and statics and strength of materials. The program is completed through elective courses chosen from a list including solid modeling design, animation, land development, visual programming, interior design, and an internship.
YCCC offers two two-year degree programs in digital media. The AS degree program is designed to provide students with a general education background with credits usually transferable to a four-year institution. Students learn to work in the areas of interactive multimedia including Web development, interactive electronic brochures, CD-ROM production, and two and three-dimensional computer animation production. The program includes courses in specialized computer software and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs. In addition to the required general education courses, the program includes courses in digital imaging, graphic design, drawing, motion graphics, foundations of design, modeling and character animation, computer animation, and Web page development. The AAS degree program aims to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to the layout and design of electronic graphic products. Students use computer applications and related techniques to alter images and information in videos, still photographs, and digital copy. General education requirements must be met, plus program-required courses in computer applications, drawing, visual programming, drawing for animation, digital imaging, foundations of design, graphic design, motion graphics, modeling and character animation, computer animation, video editing, and Web page development.
YCCC also offers a two-year AAS degree program in Web development. In this program students develop an understanding of the concepts involved in creating effective Web sites. The program focuses on both technical knowledge and hands-on experience. It is designed to help students develop the skills needed to meet today¡¦s growing demand for Web development professionals. Tasks include Web page design, Web site development, electronic publishing, and e-commerce and Web-based business applications. Students must complete general education requirements, plus required program courses in computer applications, foundations of design, telecommunications, database management, visual programming, Web page development, Web page programming, Web site programming, and professional Web development.
The York County Community College Foundation awards privately supported scholarships annually. These scholarships are the direct result of the Foundation¡¦s fund-raising efforts. The scholarships are administered by the Executive Director of the YCCC Foundation in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office according to the donor¡¦s restrictions. YCCC also awards the Bernard Osher scholarships to full-time associate degree students with demonstrated financial need. In addition, the YCCC Financial Aid Office will make every effort to notify students of additional scholarship and grant opportunities as they become available. Most scholarship applications are available on the Financial Aid page of the YCCC Web site.