PORTLAND, ME FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Maine business and education leaders joined with Educate Maine today to unveil comprehensive resources for aspiring computer and technology professionals. Project>Login, Educate Maine’s newest program, launched a dynamic new website (www.projectlogin.com) that showcases statewide internships, events and information for people interested in computer science, computer engineering and information technology careers.
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.
In speaking to high school and college students at University of Southern Maine today, representatives from Educate Maine, IDEXX, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, University of Maine System, and WEX encouraged students to complete their degrees and take advantage of the abundance of computer-related job opportunities in the state.
The lack of trained computer and technology professionals is a growing nationwide problem. As the need for this workforce has grown over recent years, the number of college graduates with degrees in the field has dropped. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2018, 1.4 million computing jobs will have opened in the U.S. If current graduation rates continue, only 61% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing degree-earners. In Maine, only 39% of these jobs could be filled by the state’s current rate of graduates.
United by their challenges in finding trained computer and technology professionals, seven Maine businesses have combined their financial and human resources to work with Educate Maine and in partnership with the University of Maine System on a sustainable solution. The resulting program, Project>Login, is committed to attracting more people into these computer and technology degree programs. Project>Login’s initiatives include internship opportunities with Maine businesses, resume posting for students, networking and instructional events, educational resources and a network of support designed to grow the computer and technology workforce.
At the program’s launch event today, Mike Dubyak, CEO of WEX Inc. and chair of Educate Maine, thanked students for joining Project>Login. Your choice to enter careers in computer science, computer engineering and information technology will have a profound impact on businesses throughout Maine. We’re facing a growing lack of skilled employees in these fields right now, and we need you on our teams.
Project>Login is funded by Bangor Savings Bank, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, IDEXX Laboratories, MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center, Pierce Atwood, TD Bank, University of Maine System, Unum and WEX. More than 50 businesses, schools and organizations are providing volunteers to make Project>Login successful.
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 stateâs 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.
Project>Login’s website is live at www.projectlogin.com. Using social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the program is seeking to attract people of all ages exploring education and career opportunities. Middle school, high school, and college students as well as adult learners will find guidance, information and event opportunities, as well as paid and unpaid internships with Maine businesses.
Project>Login is the newest initiative from Educate Maine, a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college, career readiness and increased education attainment. Educate Maine plans to use the Project>Login program model as a template for future workforce gap initiatives.