EDGEOur nationally recognized EDGE Program is a unique opportunity for students to jump-start their transitions to Thomas.

The Thomas College EDGE Program supports student success through the first year of college by offering

  • An EDGE kick-off early start intensive August 16th – August 25th
  • Ongoing academic coaching and support through the first year

EDGE 2017 Schedule


EDGE 2017 Thomas College Institutes:

TB199 Innovation and Creativity in Marketing – 3 credits

Professor Don Cragen

Innovation and creativity are at the core of all new product development and are essential for business success.  This course will investigate how innovation and marketing are interconnected to deliver value creation to an organization.  Students will gain insights into how to identify product opportunity gaps that can lead to new product or market innovation.  Students will learn how to navigate the “fuzzy front-end” of the development process while staying focused on the customers values and lifestyles.  The process of creativity through innovation engineering, design thinking and other current methods will be investigated.  The course will rely on hands on projects and developing a vision for a product.

PH201 Philosophy – 3 credits

Professor Joseph Scozzafava
Philosophy is offered by Professor Joseph Scozzafava. This course includes review and analysis of principle ideas in western philosophy and the impact of those ideas on contemporary thinking in the study of nature and human nature, political and social theory, art, theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, and moral philosophy. Students are introduced to critical and analytical methods in order to distinguish between what a person thinks and how a person thinks.

LA120 Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics – 3 credits

Professor Richard Biffle
Introduction to S.T.E.A.M. is offered by Professor Richard Biffle. The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to engage in a dialogue and conduct research in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEAM learners, STEAM practitioners, and STEAM researchers as well as the structures and mechanisms that lead to achieving these outcomes. The course fits in the discipline of SCIENCE and contributes to the continued efforts in the science community to engage and create opportunities for inter-disciplinary study for student work and research.


For more information about the EDGE program, please contact:


Kelly Stevens – EDGE Coordinator
Thomas College 180 West River Road Waterville, ME 04901