New Program Starting to Increase the Number of IT Graduates in the State

Updated 2 years ago

The state is taking aim at a projected gap between the number of high-tech jobs coming to Maine and the lack of qualified people to fill them. Project Login, spearheaded by the University of Maine System and Educate Maine, aims to double the number of computer science and information technology graduates from the university system, from 80 in 2011 to 160 in 2016. Diana Kokoska, coordinator for the University of Maine at Augusta’s computer information systems program, tells the Kennebec Journal, the three main needs are increased enrollment, improved retention of students and internships for students to gain real-world experience before graduating. Educate Maine is a business-led nonprofit organization that promotes increased educational attainment. Major employers are financially supporting Project Login, and some have pledged to offer paid internships.


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