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The National Workforce Institute, a five-year collaborative project that supports the development of skilled child welfare leaders across the country. Housed at The Cutler Institute in The Muskie School, the project won the 2011 Quality Award, awarded by the National Staff Development and Training Association.
Thomas Knight, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Southern Maine (USM), in collaboration with Pat Unkefer, Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), have developed exciting new plant growth technologies capable of significantly increasing plant productivity and yield.
IT Decisions Project
The IT Decisions project, funded by the Maine Economic Improvement Foundation, has completed its first phase – a design study of an advanced employment Website. Although the study focused on the IT ecosystem (workers, trainers and employers) the system is applicable to many if not most professions. Innovative features of the design include a skills focus, where qualifications and needs are expressed in a common skill vocabulary; automatic substantiation, where worker claims to skills are substantiated by their training and experience; employer- and trainer-initiated searches, where potential workers and students are automatically identified, and a uniquely flexible matching procedure.

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