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Updated: July 9, 2024

Maine employers offer warm welcome to incoming college students

University of Maine campus shot showing building and a flag File photo / University of Maine Along with their acceptances to public universities in Maine, some 20,000 prospective students will receive welcome letters from Maine employers

Along with their acceptances to the University of Maine System, 20,000 incoming freshmen are receiving congratulatory letters from Maine employers that include Bangor Savings Bank, MEMIC and MaineHealth.

The letters result from a collaboration between Live + Work in Maine and the University of Maine System to boost students' interest in careers that await them in the state, from retail to manufacturing.

“Our goal is simple,” reads one sample letter. “We want to show you why we are enthusiastic about doing business in Maine, and demonstrate our commitment to supporting and the next generation of talent from Maine universities.”

The letters were mailed last week.

Nate Wildes standing with hands in pockets
File Photo / Jim Neuger
Nate Wildes

“The idea for this initiative was sparked by the recognition that prospective students often lack awareness of the diverse employment and internship opportunities available to them after graduation,” Nate Wildes, executive director of Live + Work in Maine, told Mainebiz.

“We believe that by connecting these students directly with Maine's business leaders, we can bridge this gap and showcase the unique advantages of pursuing higher education in our state,” added Wildes, who was honored on the Mainebiz 40 Under 40 list in 2022.

“Ultimately, our goal is to attract and retain talented young individuals by instilling confidence in their decision to choose Maine for their college experience.”

The effort aligns with the University of Maine System strategic plan and the state’s economic strategy in encouraging public university programming and partnerships to bolster connections among students, communities and businesses.

The University of Maine System is made up of seven universities — some with multiple campuses — located across the state, as well as a law school, 31 other course sites and the Cooperative Extension. Annual enrollment across the system is around 30,000 students.

The seven universities are in Orono, Augusta, Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias, Presque Isle and Portland/Gorham. Portland is also home to the University of Maine School of Law.

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