AUGUSTA – The Maine Community College System welcomes Valerie Laure Bilogue from Presque Isle as a new student administrator to the board of directors.
Bilogue is a computer and network technology student at Northern Maine Community College. She worked as a computer trainer in her native Cameroon before coming to Maine in 2018 to join her husband, who is currently a nursing student at NMCC.
When she arrived in Maine, she realized that many immigrants are familiar with the university system in the United States, but not the two-year community college system. Part of the reason she wants to be on the board, she said, is to teach recent immigrants to Maine about the community college system.
“The community college is affordable and very good for training,” she said.
She also wants to use her position as a student advisor to highlight the value of diversity in a community and share her experience as an immigrant and mother of four who continued her education while raising young children.
“I want to encourage parents and tell them that they don’t need to stop studying,” she said. “My children are really proud of me. It encourages them and they want to be like me. Parents, do not be afraid! Go ahead and look to the future.
“Valerie’s experience and passion for education brings an important perspective to our Board of Directors,” said David Daigler, President of MCCS. “His commitment to helping all students, and other immigrants in particular, is particularly welcome. “
Bilogue, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, plans to work while pursuing a bachelor’s degree and possibly a doctorate. She graduated from NMCC in May.
Bilogue was appointed by Governor Janet Mills and confirmed by the Maine Senate. Its first board meeting took place on June 23.
The Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System is the policy-making authority for the system and consists of 13 appointed voting members, one ex officio voting member and one ex officio non-voting member.