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MCCS Connects

June 19-21, 2019
Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Road

The 2019 Dirigo Summit offers colleagues across MCCS the opportunity to connect with one another to advance strategic efforts designed to help more students enroll and achieve academic success. Learn more about this summit by checking out the Event Overview and Schedule to the right.

Registration is now closed for Dirigo 2019. Please contact Staci Grasky at sgrasky@mccs.me.edu with any questions.

Register here: Dirigo 2019 Registration Form 


Additional images from the Dirigo Summit available here.

For Online Reservations:

Go to: Residence Inn (downtown Bangor)
Go to: Fairfield Inn (5 miles from EMCC)

For Courtyard Bangor and TownePlace Suites Bangor (both adjacent to EMCC) :
Go to: Marriott and use corporate/promo code: x0g

Reserve your room(s) at your earliest convenience. MCCS 2019 Summit Rates are based on room availability. MCCS will cover the cost of rooms at the Summit Rate. However, a credit card must be provided to make the reservation. No payments will be drawn on the card prior to arrival, but any expenses accrued during your stay (beyond the room rate) will be the responsibility of the guest and will be applied to the card at check-out.  

Cancellation policy:
Guests are required to contact the hotel directly to cancel reservations. Failure to do so at least two days before arrival will result in charges to the guest (and will not be reimbursed).

To Change Reservations:

Residence Inn (downtown Bangor) direct at 207-433-0800
Fairfield Inn (5 miles from EMCC) direct at 207-990-0001
Courtyard Bangor (adjacent to EMCC) direct at 207-262-0070  
TownePlace Suites Bangor (adjacent to EMCC) direct at 207-262-4000  

Be sure your room remains under the “MCCS Dirigo Summit Rate.”

2019 Dirigo Summit Session Working Titles

Wednesday Breakout Sessions: First Timeslot

Momentum Year: Credit accumulation, gateway course completion, and crucial first-year benchmarks

Proactive Advising: Using purpose first and academic maps to keep students on track

A Better Deal for Returning Adults: A layered approach to student success strategies

Wednesday Breakout Sessions: Second Timeslot

Think 30/15 to Finish

Math Pathways & Corequisite Support

Guided Pathways

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Purpose First

Thursday Breakout Sessions: First Timeslot

Good Guidance: A Panel Discussion of High School Guidance Counselors

A Holistic Approach to Online Education

From Empathy to Action: A Crash Course in Design Thinking

Engaging Students in the Learning Environment

Using Labor Market Information to Support Decision-making: The Why and How

Thursday Breakout Sessions: Second Timeslot

Student Panel: Attending College as an Adult

What is MaineSpark and What Does It Have to Do with the Maine Community College System?

Pulling Tricks Out of Your Hattie

Supporting Students in Recovery

Raising Math Completion Rates: Math Pathways

Creating an Inclusive and Welcoming Learning Environment

Thursday Breakout Sessions: Third Timeslot

Strengthening the Student Safety Net

Using a Charrette to Improve Assignment Design

Developing a Successful Student Advising Resource

Digital Badges: An Innovation in Education


Reducing Remediation in College-level Math Using Corequisites

Wednesday, June 19

Joint Convening with our UMS partners to focus on shared efforts to boost graduation rates and enhance teaching and learning, facilitated by Complete College America. Space is limited.

Scroll to see a more detailed description of Wednesday's agenda and tentative breakout sessions below


Thursday, June 20

MCCS Connects: A continuation and expansion of the themes and discussions of Wednesday, bringing together staff and faculty from across the MCCS to advance the three pillars of the MCCS Strategic Plan: Get them in: Access and Attraction; Get them through: Student Success; and Keep them connected: Lifelong Learning

Scroll to see a more detailed description of Thursday's agenda and tentative breakout sessions below


Friday, June 21 (morning only)

Affinity group discussions and facilitated action planning for MCCS senior leadership

Scroll to see a more detailed description of the intent of Friday's morning session and who should attend

Outline of Schedule


Wednesday, June 19

Joint Convening on Student Success Strategies: MCCS and UMS

8:30-9:00 am:          Registration and networking

9:00-9:20 am:          Welcome with President Daigler and Chancellor Page
9:20-10:45 am:        Keynote address: Dr. Monika Mala, Director of Alliance Relations, Complete College America

11:00-11:50 am:      Breakout Session One

12:00-1:00 pm:        Lunch

1:00-1:50 pm:          Breakout Session Two

2:00-2:30 pm:          Reflections and report out

2:30-2:35 pm:          Transition to leadership session

2:35-4:00 pm:          Facilitated discussion with Complete College America (for MCCS/UMS leadership: Presidents, VPs,  CAOs, Deans of Enrollment)

5:00 pm:                  Barbecue for the MCCS community

Thursday, June 20

MCCS Connects

8:00-8:30 am:           Registration and networking

8:30-9:45 am:           Plenary Session

  • Opening remarks: President Daigler
  • MCCS Strategic Plan: Who, What, Why

9:55-10:55 am:         Breakout Session One

11:00 am - Noon:      Lunch

12:10-1:40 pm:         Keynote speaker: Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-founder & Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning

1:50-2:50 pm:           Breakout Session Two

3:00-4:00 pm:           Breakout Session Three

Friday, June 21

Summit Affinity Groups – Friday Morning

8:00 - 9:00 am:         Continental Breakfast available in Eagle's Nest

9:00 am - Noon:        College leadership will be meeting in affinity groups to discuss how themes of the summit will shape strategic plans and statewide activities moving forward.

Ideally, each college and the MCCS will be represented by one person in each of roles listed below. Specific titles vary across the campuses. Colleges may also choose to send a designee instead. If anyone has any questions about Friday’s sessions please email sgrasky@mccs.me.edu.


Affinity Group

- Role Expected

- Role Expected


Presidents & Academic Affairs

- President

- Chief Academic Officer/Academic Dean


Admissions & Public Relations/Communications

- Dean of Enrollment/Director of Admissions

- Director of Marketing & Communications


Business Office & Financial Aid

- Chief Financial Officer/Dean of Finance

- Director of Financial Aid


Institutional Research & Information Technology

- Director of Institutional Research

- CIO/Director of IT


Student Life & Student Support and Advising

- Dean of Students

- Director of Advising/Director of Student Success


Workforce Development & Registration

- Dean/Director of Workforce Development/Director of Business Services

- Registrar