NEC Members in Maine team up to address skills gap

New website encourages IT careers

On Thursday, the Portland Press Herald reported the launch of a new tech website. The site, projectlogin.com, is the product of a dynamic partnership between Maine educators and industry leaders. Several New England Council members, including Bangor Savings Bank, Pierce Atwood, TD Bank, and WEX all played a role in developing the new web page and helped to ensure its initial success.

Project Login’s goal is to combat an alarming “skills gap” in Maine. The “skills gap” refers to the existing disparity between the number of tech jobs and the number of qualified applicants available to fill them nationwide.

Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor estimate that there will only be enough U.S. computer degree graduates to fill 61 percent of the nation’s estimated 1.4 million tech jobs in 2018 if current graduation rates and trends remain. In Maine specifically, that figure is even lower.

Supporters of the Project Login initiative hope to reverse these degenerative trends and stimulate New England’s economy by doubling the number of computer science and information technology graduates from the University of Maine System from 80 in 2011 to 160 in 2016. In order to achieve this goal, the website offers a multitude of services that appeal to students and job seekers.

The New England Council congratulates its members on the successful launch of Project Login!

To learn more about more, visit www.projectlogin.com

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