University of Maine at Fort Kent students enrolled in computer science and computer applications will have the opportunity to meet information technology professionals and employers at a networking video reception to be held in the Nadeau Hall Nursing Conference Room on Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The video conference is sponsored by Project>Login, the newest program of Educate Maine—a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college and career readiness and increased education attainment.
The initiative includes internship opportunities, resume posting for students, instructional events, educational resources, and a network of support designed to grow the computer technology workforce.
The Fort Kent video networking session is the last of a series of events held at University of Maine System campuses with computer science, computer engineering, and IT degree programs to bring students and employers together with a goal of doubling the number of computer and technology degree graduates in Maine in four years.
Business representatives will be prepared to speak briefly about their company, their role, entry level IT opportunities, IT internships, and career paths at their organizations, as well as answer questions from UMFK students.
According to U.S. Department of Labor projections, the shortage of trained computer technology professionals is becoming a national problem. The Department predicts that there will be 1.4 million vacant computing jobs in the U.S. by 2018. Using current graduation rates, only 61 percent of those vacancies will be filled by U.S. computing graduates, and only 39 percent of those will be filled in the state of Maine.