Bangor Savings Bank and the University of New England Announce New Partnership
New England Council members Bangor Savings Bank (BSB) and the University of New England (UNE) recently announced a new joint education program. Through this program UNE will be offering professional development competency training where BSB employees can take online courses to sharpen their skills.
The “Essential Workplace Competencies Development Program” was funded by a Gates Foundation grant that UNE received in March 2014. Both organizations worked together to create the curriculum which will include modules focusing on “soft skills” such as conflict management and leadership. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and applying that knowledge in real-world settings. The program will launch this fall as a two-year program and the university plans to eventually make the modules available to all UNE students.
“Leadership training is not something you normally get in college. That’s really what we’re looking to do, is round out that skill and strengthen that skill,” stated Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of BSB. In a complementary statement, UNE President Danielle Ripich said, “We will work together to cultivate potential leaders and lay the groundwork for their success as employees here in Maine.”
The New England Council commends both the Bangor Savings Bank and University of New England for their commitment to furthering education.