Portland students to learn about colleges, careers in Maine

Posted March 07, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Public Schools will hold a college and career expo titled “Live, Learn and Earn-Right here in Maine” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14, at Abromson Center and Sullivan Gym on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.

More than 500 sophomores and juniors from Portland High School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School will attend the expo.  Students will participate in interactive panel discussions and mock interviews. They also will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from 16 colleges, four gap-year programs and more than 35 businesses.

The panel discussions will cover several segments of Maine’s job market, including: health and biotechnology, arts and media, green technology careers, entrepreneurship and small business start-ups, corporate business (insurance, retail, banking, and finance) and public service.

Gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler and House Majority Leader Seth Berry will participate in the panel on public service jobs. The arts and media panel will include Jackie Ward, WCSH6 morning host.  At each discussion, presenters will talk about career options and the education needed to fill those positions.

Business and community volunteers will hold mock interviews with each of the students at the expo and give them feedback about their performance. Students also will have time to explore demonstrations and

exhibits on topics such as cosmetology, nursing careers and product development for outdoor adventures.

Students from Portland High and Deering were involved in planning all phases of the expo.  They helped choose the panel discussion topics and the schools and companies that will participate in the event.  They also helped prepare their peers for the experience so that they will get as much as possible out of it.  In the weeks leading up to the expo, the high schools are teaching students about interview skills and inviting

local professionals to talk about their own career pathways.

Businesses participating in the expo include: Abogen; Anton LeMieux Financial Group; Aramark; Army; Career Center; Cianbro; CLYNK; Coast Guard; DHS-Homeland Security Investigations; Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); IBEC – Creative; Idexx; KeyBank; L.L. Bean; Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands; Maine Composites Alliance; Maine Education Services; Maine Innkeepers and Maine Restaurant Association; Maine Insurance Agents Association; Maine Marine Trades Association; Maine Masonry; Maine State Police; Muscle Movers; New England CAD Technologies, Inc.; New England Interpreters Services; Opportunity Alliance; Portland Fire Department; Portland Harbor Hotel; Portland Police Department; Project>Login; Riding To The Top; Sappi; Ski Maine Association; Tyler Technologies, and WB Mason.

Colleges and programs participating include: AFS (American Field Service); Americorps; Center for International Educational Exchange; Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health; Chewonki Semester School; College of the Atlantic; Cosmotech; Husson University; Maine Academy of Modern Music; Maine College of Art; Southern Maine Community College; The Experiment in International Living; University of New England; Thomas College; Unity College; University of Maine at

Orono; University of Southern Maine; Unversity of Maine at Machias, and York County Community College.

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