$11M Maine Gift Will Expand Community College

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A gift of nearly $11 million will enable a state community college campus in central Maine to expand by as many as 2,000 students, helping to accommodate the huge demand from those seeking enrollment, Gov. Paul LePage and other officials announced Monday.

The gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation will also help the Good Will-Hinckley School in Hinckley to reopen its new magnet high school, the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences.

"Mr. Harold Alfond's legacy lives," LePage said at the Blaine House announcement, which was attended by dozens of state officials and educators. The governor noted that the Legislature has also appropriated money for community college operations at the new campus and for the natural sciences school.

The Alfond Foundation has contributed tens of millions of dollars to educational, community and health care projects all over Maine. It carries on the philanthropic work of Harold Alfond, who founded the Dexter Shoe Co.

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