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Community Colleges Offer Deal 

The leader of Maine’s community colleges says starting this fall the statewide system will cover tuition costs for up to two years for full-time dependent students whose parents lost their job.Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, president John Fitzsimmons of the Maine community college system, as well as University of Maine system chancellor Richard Pattenaude, pledged to maintain and enhance effectiveness and efficiency during a period of economic turmoil.Tuition runs about $2,500 a year, according to Fitzsimmons.He says that Maine’s community college system may be one of the state’s most important tools for economic recovery.