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Hundreds come to first Fall Job Fair at USM

Students at Fall Job Fair 2018

Hundreds of University of Southern Maine (USM) students and other job-seekers attended the first-ever Fall Job Fair on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Sullivan Gym on USM’s Portland Campus.

The event, organized by the USM Career & Employment Hub, hosted over 100 employers from Maine and beyond representing a variety of industries from health care, engineering, finance and more.

This was the first time the Career & Employment Hub has held a job fair in the fall semester. Job fairs are just one of many ways the Career & Employment Hub has been working on to connect students with potential employers.

Another is through internships. In 2017 alone, the Hub placed 1,400 USM students into internships in Maine and across the nation.

The Job Fair was held just days after Maine voters approved Question 4, a $49 million University Workforce Bond, the funding from which will be used to expand workforce development initiatives throughout the seven member campuses of the University of Maine System.

At USM in particular, $25 million will be used to double the size of the School of Nursing’s high-fidelity simulation space, expand engineering and computer science classrooms and programming, and construct a new Career and Student Success Center centered around the Career & Employment Hub.

Local news station WMTW-TV covered the event. Read the story, or watch below.