With offices in Falmouth and Bangor, as well as across the U.S., Tyler Technologies is one of Maine’s premier employers and a UNE Academy of Digital Sciences partner. Helping inform the Academy’s curriculum and model, partners like Tyler are key to our learners’ success. Tyler Vice President Angela Gaudreau knows that the success of programs like the Academy is key for her company’s growth here in Maine and beyond.
“As a technology company with an employment projection of 10% growth for the foreseeable future, Tyler Technologies understands the need for current technical skills in the workforce,” says Vice President, Angela Gaudreau. “UNE’s Academy of Digital Sciences meets this need, providing a valuable resource for students and providing employers with a workforce that has the necessary skills and qualifications.”
Tyler Technologies is the largest U.S. software company solely focused on providing integrated software and technology services to the public sector — cities, counties, states and school districts. Tyler creates, delivers and supports software solutions and services that help local governments and schools manage complex, day-to-day business functions. With a wide clientele and broad product portfolio, Tyler’s team includes project managers, software engineers and developers, user experience designers, and data analysts; Tyler also offers internships in all of its function areas. The UNE Academy of Digital Sciences encourages students to identify their passions so they can identify a career path the suits their goals and serve employers’ needs.
“Programs like UNE’s Academy of Digital Sciences is unique in that its curriculum is a collaborative effort between Maine’s technical employers and the Academy, lending it the credibility and viability not found in traditional technical or digital programs,” says Gaudreau. “It includes hands-on mentorship from participating employers, while offering the flexibility and accessibility of an online accelerated format that will ensure traditional as well as non-traditional students learn the skills that match the growing number of technical jobs here in Maine.”
- For more information about Tyler Technologies go to: tylertech.com
- For more information about the UNE Academy of Digital Sciences go to: une.edu/academy
Sam Saleh is on the move. After completing the Digital Essentials course at UNE’s Academy of Digital Sciences, Sam has accepted a paid internship at IDEXX Laboratories in the company’s IT department.
Sam has always been interested in learning about computers, programming and understanding how they work. While he did not receive a college degree, he took time to teach himself programming and general computer troubleshooting and share his knowledge of computers with others over the course of many years while working construction. He had wanted to make the shift to a tech career but had thought it would require a four-year computer science program. The UNE Academy of Digital Sciences was exactly what he was looking for.
“Computers have always amazed me. The things that they are capable of and how fast things advance in technology is quite mind blowing. I wanted to widen my view on technology. It amazes me that while you think you have a strong understanding of something there is always that next level of thinking. Working with everyone in this program really gives you a different perspective and opens your mind to different ideas and interpretations which has been amazing for me.”
Sam met a range of employers at the Academy’s Roundtable meeting in March. The Roundtable is a professional networking event held at the beginning of every session. Ten to 15 employers meet students starting or completing Academy courses, discover shared interests and opportunities and, when there’s a match, begin the process of investigating positions, including paid internships. Sam’s communication skills, enthusiasm and curiosity landed him his first paid internship where he will have the opportunity to explore many IT roles within a large company.
While he brings his own passions and ambitions to the internship, Sam’s mind is open to the possibilities. “The things I already know are a very small portion of the capabilities of technology. So while I may have my sights set on development, I will also keep in mind the other aspects such as UI and strategy. From one set of skills there are multiple paths one could take.”
Sam’s willingness to consider new and unexpected pathways and his hunger to learn served him well in the Academy and will help him succeed in the workplace. “While it is very hard to picture where you would be in the future, I do have a general idea of what my path will be. I believe that I will successfully get into the industry but will have to prove my worth over an extended period of time before moving into any specific fields. I do hope that I will work on some innovative projects and be able to leverage my creativity to create new and exciting things.”