University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings talked about USM’s resurgence on the WCSH-TV news program “207.”
Cummings talked about school’s financial turnaround from a $4 million deficit to an $8 million reserve, rising admission and retention rates and new initiatives aimed at further workforce development.
“We are starting to look at what we can do to create more workforce engagement” Cummings told host Rob Caldwell. “We’ve created a new department so that all of our programs — all 50 of our programs — have internships or a clinic or a co-op or a pathway to get them into a job. Our students are really clear with me: ‘Help me get a job. I don’t have the luxury to live on a trust fund. Help me get job opportunities.’”