University of Maine to partipate in national education design lab project

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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - The University of Maine is participating in a national project designed to help college students enter the workforce.

UMaine is one of seven colleges taking part in a year-long 21st Century Skills initiative of the Education Design Lab.

As part of the initiative's #TeeUpThe Skills campaign, the university is working with corporate partners like Northern Light Health and Bangor Savings Bank.

This groundbreaking initiative is the first of its kind to bring schools and employers together to understand how 21st Century Skill badges can help students in the workforce and improve hiring practices.

"We think this will be a way to help students differentiate themselves in the marketplace and really be able to become better workers for all the employers here in the state of Maine," said David Pease of Bangor Savings Bank.

The pilot project is part of the University of Maine's Engaged Black Bear (EBB) initiative, which awards digital badges representing student accomplishments.