Media report on UMS launch of engineering pathway program

WVII (Channel 7) and The Free Press reported the University of Maine System will launch the Maine Engineering Pathways Program in fall 2018 to help more students prepare for a Maine-based engineering career and to build workforce development capacity in response to a critical state shortage. The program is designed so students can graduate in four years from an accredited engineering program ready to join the Maine workforce. The 1 + 3 Maine Engineering Pathways Program creates an opportunity for students to begin the first year of their engineering education at the Bangor and Augusta campuses of the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Machias, or the University of Maine at Presque Isle, then complete their engineering degree at UMaine or the University of Southern Maine. “I think this will be a great new pathway, and I think we’re going to capture students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to study engineering by allowing them to start at one of the smaller campuses,” Dana Humphrey, dean of the College of Engineering at UMaine, told WVII.