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August 4, 2015

Obama invites Educate Maine’s Project>Login to White House demo

President Obama is hosting a White House event today at which Educate Maine's Project>Login program will be honored along with 21 other projects from across the country as innovators in offering efficient or flexible paths to technology training.

Jay Collier, Educate Maine's program director, and Ken Grady, chief information officer at IDEXX Laboratories, will attend today's White House Demo Day event, where they will receive a "TechHire Community" designation from the president on behalf of Project>Login's extensive network of Maine employers, educators and workforce colleagues.

The TechHire Initiative, launched by President Obama in March, is a multi-sector effort and call-to-action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges and programs like Project>Login to become qualified for jobs in the technology fields.

Educate Maine's Project>Login is a nonpartisan public-private partnership launched in March 2013 that is expanding the network of computing and IT professionals in Maine through education, employment opportunities and other initiatives.

In a joint statement accompanying the press release announcing today's event, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, highlighted the potential impact of the TechHire initiative: "Project>Login is working to accelerate efforts to help qualified candidates identify and pursue pathways to paid internships in CS and IT positions with Maine employers. This includes people with on-the-job experience but no degree, people for whom English is a second language, rural residents, underemployed, long-term unemployed, and single parents with child-care challenges."

Maine employers that have already signed onto the TechHire initiative by confirming they recruit and hire candidates based on their demonstrated technology skills regardless of where they gained them include:

  • Axiom Technologies

  • Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems

  • IDEXX Laboratories Inc.

  • Kepware

  • MaineHealth

  • Maine Medical Center

  • State of Maine Office of Information Technology

  • Tyler Technologies Inc.

  • WEX.

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