ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A year and a half ago, the University of Maine launched Project>Login, an initiative that focuses on attracting students into computer technology related majors, and supporting them throughout their studies.
Project>Login advisors coordinate with local businesses, such as Eastern Maine Health Systems and Cianbro, to provide students the opportunity to have paid internships within their field while still enrolled in school.
Professor Harlan Onsrud says these internships are a key part of training students as well as getting them jobs in Maine after graduation.
"What we would like to do when working with employers in the state of Maine is to get them to bring young people on board," said Onsrud. "Even after their first year of school, to say, 'Yeah okay, well this is a potential student that is going to be coming through, coming through the pipeline, and if we can keep them in the program, then that is going to be beneficial.'"
Professor Onsrud also said that in the next decade there are expected to be about 1.4 million open jobs in computer science and computer engineering in the U.S., and Maine will be one of the states that will need skilled graduates. Project>Login helps to fill this skills gap, and provides students with the opportunity to have a well paying job straight out of college.
Those interested in finding out more about Project>Login can go to www.projectlogin.com.