Each month Educate Maine will be highlighting a "Mission Moment" to showcase the work done over the past 10 years. Please enjoy our archive of these stories! 

March Mission Moment: Students 
 
Educate Maine is committed to experiential learning through all of our programs including our internship program. We are also proud to host interns each summer and throughout the year when possible. In 2019 we partnered with Live + Work in Maine to host four campus-based interns across the state to promote internships and career experiences at college campuses and drive interest in living and working in Maine after graduation.
 
Maddie Stevens was based at the University of southern Maine where she was an undergrad studying Marketing, Tourism, and Hospitality.
 
We asked Maddie about her experience and what made this internship stand out among her other experiences. "Educate Maine gave me the opportunity to meet one on one with employers and to make connections in Southern Maine." Maddie added, "At the time I was a student who had very limited networking interactions - this connection helped tremendously giving the connection and a purpose to learn more about Maine employers."
April Mission Moment: Higher Education 
 
Our partnerships with Maine’s higher education institutions run deep and the strong relationships we have intersect across all of Educate Maine’s programs. We intentionally work to support student aspirations, success, college and career preparation and career readiness with our higher education partners because that work is at the heart of our mission. 
 
When strategically planning out our work for the year, we connect and collaborate with our higher education colleagues to make sure we are aligning events, networking opportunities, programming, and professional development. Our cooperation is firmly rooted in doing the best for students so they persist and complete their education and go on to be successful contributing members of Maine’s economy.
 
Our deliberate alignment of Educate Maine priorities with higher education initiatives is evident in Education Leaders Experience, Maine Career Catalyst, Maine Teacher of the Year, and Project>Login. Additionally, we often participate in policy and advocacy work together with our higher education partners. Making gains in educational attainment is a shared goal and directly tied to MaineSpark, of which we are all members.
 
We are grateful for the continued leadership and dedication of faculty, staff, and students at Husson University, Thomas College, University of New England, Maine's Community College System, and the University of Maine System campuses. Educate Maine is proud to partner with all of you!