AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage highlighted the launch of Project Login, Educate Maine’s newest program focused on increasing the number of graduates with degrees in computer science, computer engineering and information technology.
“Maine must compete nationally and internationally to attract jobs. Having a workforce with strong technology skills makes us more attractive to outside companies as well as supports the businesses who already call Maine home,” said the Governor. “Programs like Project Login will encourage more Mainers to explore STEM careers and give students great hands-on experience through internships.”
STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—educational initiatives are a priority of the Governor’s education agenda.
“This is a wonderful collaboration between our educational institutions and the private sector,” LePage added.
Project Login is committed to doubling the number of computer and technology degree graduates in Maine in four years so there are more educated professionals to fill available positions. The lack of trained computer and technology professionals is a growing nationwide problem. Project Login’s website is live at www.projectlogin.com.
The partnership between businesses and University of Maine System is critical to Project Login’s success. “Maine’s post-secondary education institutions must operate hand-in-hand with the state’s businesses,” said Chancellor James Page from University of Maine System. “Our goal is to prepare students for successful careers, so we need input from the businesses who will hire our graduates. Project Login is a direct result of a sensible, effective partnership between business and education.”
The seven Maine businesses partners are Bangor Savings Bank, Eastern Maine Medical Center, IDEXX Laboratories, MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center, Pierce Atwood, TD Bank, University of Maine System, Unum and WEX.
February 7, 2013