The University of New England is pleased to announce the Winter 2017 launch of the UNE Academy of Digital Sciences (the UNE Academy), an innovative blended (online-offline) pilot program that provides accelerated instruction in the digital technology skills that are most in-demand by local employers.
Based on insights from Department of Labor national competency models, this noncredit program puts UNE at the vanguard of a national movement as institutions of higher education look for ways to better serve their communities and to enhance the employability of their students. The first 8-week UNE Academy course, Digital Sciences Essentials, will serve as an introduction to vital areas of career advancement: software development, interface design, data analysis, and project management.
Designed in close collaboration with area business leaders, the program allows UNE to serve as a bridge between Maine’s professional workforce and the explicitly stated needs of prominent area employers, including IDEXX, WEX, Field Stack, Pro Search, and iVantage Health Analytics, whose representatives have been serving as advisors throughout program development and continue to support it today.
Professional mentors will guide UNE Academy students in the completion of a final project and the assembly of a professional portfolio. Employers get a firsthand look at prime candidates, while students get a showcase opportunity to make a memorable first impression. Students who complete a UNE Academy course receive a completion certificate.
The initial target for the pilot program will be current Maine professionals seeking new challenges and immigrants with IT experience seeking an English-language refresher course. The program is designed to evolve rapidly to reflect the needs of a rapidly evolving field. We look forward to finding ways to enhance our partnerships and course offerings, always working to expand the range of opportunities we provide for UNE students and others.
Ellen Beaulieu, Ed.D.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives