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Mar.
31

Event: Magnetize Maine Summit
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, ME

Generating Creative Ways To Attract
And Retain More Young People In Maine.

WE’VE ALL SEEN THE STATISTICS: MAINE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST STATES IN THE U.S., AND WE’RE ONLY GROWING OLDER.
The Magnetize Maine Summit hopes to change that.

In March 2017, we will unite stakeholders from across the State to brainstorm new, creative ways to attract and retain more young people in Maine.

Our goal is to engage young Mainers with partners across the business, academic, and nonprofit sectors. Through facilitated, targeted sessions, attendees will conceive new ways to attract a younger population to Maine. Ideas and data generated from this Summit will be summarized in a comprehensive report and made available to the public.

Magnetize Maine is a collaborative effort that seeks your support. Please consider sponsoring this critical event to help move Maine’s workforce, economy, and social vitality forward.

Interested sponsors should contact Shelly Reilly, Program Coordinator at the Bangor Chamber of Commerce, at sreilly@bangorregion.com. We also encourage you and your employees to take part in a day of vibrant conversation and idea generation.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation!

Register Today

Mar.
31

Event: New England Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland, ME

New England Celebration of Women in Computing conference is from Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1, 2017. The theme this year is She Innovates the Future!

People from all over New England will gather at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland Hotel in South Portland to celebrate the work women have been and are doing in STEM.

The goal of the New England Celebration of Women in Computing (NECWIC) is to encourage the participation of women in computing by providing a vehicle for students to explore opportunities in computing, to network with other women from academia, industry, and government, and to facilitate connections and friendships among women in the region who share the same passion for computing.  We welcome participants from all of these groups.  We welcome all women and allies who recognize the importance of gender diversity in computing.

Join us in making this an amazing celebration! For more information, please visit: http://necwic.hosting.acm.org/

Register Today

Apr.
6

Event: TechHire Outreach and Recruitment event
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Location: Presque Isle Career Center, 66 Spruce St., Presque Isle

Aroostook County Joins the Nationwide TechHire Community with an April 6 Recruitment Event

Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP), together with Project>Login and Educate Maine, is pleased to announce that TechHire, a statewide $4 million federal project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and managed by Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., is holding a recruitment event for eligible young adults in Aroostook County on Thursday, April 6, at the Presque Isle Career Center, 66 Spruce Street, Presque Isle.   The recruitment event will be broken into two stages: a 10:30 – 12:30 slot tailored to local high school students, and a 12:30 – 2:30 slot tailored to working adults or people seeking employment.  The TechHire initiative is designed to help young Mainers without four-year degrees get through training as fast as possible in order to fill well-paying, high-growth jobs in Information Technology (IT).

TechHire Communities are in place across the United States, including New York City, Seattle, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and eastern Kentucky. It’s a timely initiative - the demand for IT workers well outstrips supply: “There are currently about 1,100 open technology jobs in Maine. The challenge is preparing the workforce to fill these jobs. We think young people are the key,” says Angela Oechslie, Project>Login Program Coordinator and TechHire Ambassador at Educate Maine.   The IT industry isn’t something that is tied to Silicon Valley or big cities; IT jobs permeate our economy, as IT functions are becoming critical in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, finance and banking, and public management. 

With the advent of high-speed broadband and telecommuting arrangements, tech jobs also are no longer confined to any one place – in rural eastern Kentucky, TechHire resources helped unemployed coal miners learn to code, and staff a start-up, BitSource, which now fulfills contracts nationwide.  “[Now] we’re shipping code,” said John Handshoe, BitSource manager: “The broadband’s our highway, our shipping lanes, our trains.”  Similarly, “Aroostook County – rural, with strong banking, insurance and government accounting employment, as well several broadband initiatives and a unique connection to the Canadian internet backbone, is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected growth in IT jobs, and TechHire can help us develop the highly skilled workforce to keep supporting growth in the sector,” says Christy Daggett, Senior Manager of ACAP Workforce Development.

Aroostook residents 17 and over with a high school diploma or equivalent can be eligible for training and placement help through TechHire.  People who qualify will take part in classroom training and paid work experiences tailored to their career goals using a customized track approach.  Among the offerings will be an IT Bootcamp, which is an eight- to sixteen-week program delivering intensive training in IT skills resulting in a nationally recognized industry credential. 

To participate in the recruitment event as a school or an employer, please contact ACAP Workforce Development at 764-3721.

Learn about TechHire

Apr.
7

Event: Totally Trades! Conference in Bangor
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: United Technologies Center, Hogan Rd, Bangor, ME

Totally Trades: A Hands-on Conferences for 8th Grade & High School Girls / young women.

TT Conference attendee in hard hat with tool belt

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades! conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

This year more than 700 girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology. Featured careers include:

  • Computer Science / Information Technology / Programming
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Welding
  • Building Construction
  • Cable Technician
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Alternative Energy
Welding Student Ariel Pelton

Non-traditional welding student Ariel Pelton shares skills with other girls. Read  more.

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,” says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager.

For more info

Apr.
26

Event: Totally Trades! Conference in Presque Isle
Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, ME

Totally Trades: A Hands-on Conferences for 8th Grade & High School Girls / young women.

TT Conference attendee in hard hat with tool belt

New Ventures Maine organizes free, one-day Totally Trades! conferences throughout Maine to encourage female students to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

This year more than 700 girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in trades and technology. Featured careers include:

  • Computer Science / Information Technology / Programming
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Welding
  • Building Construction
  • Cable Technician
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Alternative Energy
Welding Student Ariel Pelton

Non-traditional welding student Ariel Pelton shares skills with other girls. Read  more.

“We give girls a hands-on workshop experience to spark their interest and raise awareness about a career field that they may not have previously considered, as well as provide female role models – women who can lead by example, having already succeeded in pursuing work that traditionally is viewed as ‘man’s work’,” says Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Aroostook County Regional Manager.

For more info

Computing & IT Groups

Maine Technology Users Group MTUG brings together interested individuals in the Maine computer networking and telecommunications industries for education, information, and networking. 

Tech Maine TechMaine’s goal is to provide a platform to highlight the exchange of news, events, and information for Maine technology professionals, technology oriented businesses, and those reliant on technology.

Computing & Digital Meetups

Code for Maine — Meets every week on Tuesdays.Code for Maine is the local affiliate of Code for America. Code for America enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities.”

Hack Portland — Meets in Portland every week on Tuesdays. “What’s a hacker? Someone who likes to know how stuff works — someone who likes to take stuff apart, someone who likes to tweak, fiddle and mess around.”

Maine Hacker Club — Meets in Bangor every 2 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “The goal of the group is to establish a cross generational technical community in central and northern Maine.” 

Maine WordPress Meetup  Meets in Westbrook on the third Wednesday every 2 months. “This is a group for people interested in WordPress. If you’re interested in WordPress, let’s get together and meet each other, talk, teach things to each other, and explore the community!”

Portland iOS Developer Network — “We’ll be meeting to share discoveries, opportunities, quandaries, and solutions relating to development for Apple iPhone and iPad.”

Summer Camps in Digital and Computing Tech

Maine School of Science and Math: Summer Camps — In Limestone. “The MSSM Summer Camp program provides an opportunity for campers to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded peers and an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who share their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Maine Robotics: Build Your Own Computer Camp — In Portland, Falmouth, Augusta, and Bangor. Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth, ages 12 to 16 who want to build and test their own computer.

The Maine Game Summer Camp — In Bangor. “We make video games, let us show you how. We make games like Hearthstone, Crossy Road, Angry Birds and Kerbal Space Program using the Unity game engine and through C# code and 3DS Max.”

Maine Media Workshops — In Rockport. Participants will get an introduction into making a real-time “level design” in the game software Unreal Engine®. This high-end game-making software allow students to create a first person world from their own imagination and build playable games in the game engine.