February 01, 2017
PORTLAND, Maine The University of New England Academy of Digital Sciences has been chosen as a learning provider by Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI), which together with Educate Maine received a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor TechHire grant to help people upgrade their skills in the digital age. People participating in UNE’s accelerated digital sciences program may be eligible for tuition and other support services from CCWI to best position them for success.
CCWI’s TechHire grant will prepare 500 Maine people for careers in computing, digital and information technologies over four years. The Academy, which was announced by UNE in December 2016, is Maine’s first accelerated professional certificate series covering a full-spectrum of digital skills that lead from curiosity to career. It was developed in collaboration with prominent Maine businesses including IDEXX, WEX, Tyler Technologies, and L.L. Bean in order to serve as a bridge between Maine’s professional workforce and the explicitly stated needs of area employers. The UNE program is poised to work with 80 students in 2017.
"The UNE Academy will help Maine people of all ages master the soft and hard skills to enter new professions and move up in their careers,” said Jay Collier, founder and director of the UNE Academy. "We're pleased to be doing our part to help Maine people, and the economy, thrive.
The TechHire grant is targeted to help people ages 17-29 who have great potential in digital sciences but need supports such as additional career preparation, childcare or transportation. Returning veterans and those who are under employed are also encouraged to apply.
CCWI’s Mike Bourret, Executive Director states, “this grant will help young people and other workers throughout Maine increase their competencies in Information Technology. It is also a great opportunity for Maine employers to increase their competitiveness by obtaining a skilled workforce.”
"We are thrilled to hear the UNE Academy will be serving TechHire participants through their accelerated training program,” said Jason Judd, Project>Login Program Director at Educate Maine. “UNE's innovative program is a wonderful resource for Maine people interested in attaining digital skills and quality employment."
To learn more about the UNE Academy of Digital Sciences, visit http://www.une.edu/academy