The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Inc. (JMG). This partnership will result in the new role of a JMG College Success Specialist at UMFK.
“Having a college success specialist from JMG is such a vital part of our students’ success,” said UMFK President John Short. “While this position is covered completely by JMG, it will gain us everything. This role will provide our students with someone who is part of a greater network of state-wide business contacts. JMG can connect our students with amazing opportunities to develop skills they will need when they enter the workforce.”
“JMG’s unique connections to Maine businesses are an important part of how we achieve successful results on behalf of our students,” said JMG College Success Specialist Sue Dubay. “By visiting our classrooms, hosting job shadows and internships and volunteering at student enrichment events, JMG’s more than 200 business partners help to expose students to Maine’s diverse network of employers and career opportunities.”
JMG partners with private businesses and public education to offer results-driven solutions to ensure that all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary degrees, and pursue meaningful careers. They serve middle school to post-secondary students in Maine in order to offer a continuum of support. JMG have been serving Maine students at the college level for two years.
“This program can help students in so many ways,” said Dubay.
Dubay comes with eight years of experience working with career education and facilitating internships. She has already begun working with UMFK’s first year experience students developing cover letters and resumes. She is a UMFK alumna, has a Master in Science in Special Education, and has a Career Development Facilitator license. Dubay sees her role as a critical resource to help ensure that all students are successful. Dubay’s focus will be to connect with any student at UMFK that was in a JMG program, any student that was part of the foster care system or any student that has received their GED or Hi-Set high school equivalency. She will also become a valuable member of the UMFK team that connects students to local businesses and the overall Fort Kent community.