WATERVILLE – Attracting and keeping young workers in Maine has been a problem for many years.
Thanks to a new program announced Tuesday that task may soon be easier. The Harold Alfond foundation is funding a program that will help college students pay off their student loans if they agree to put their education to use by working for a Maine company.
They’re looking for students who would be employed by businesses in the STEM related fields, including science, technology, engineering and math.
Students could receive up to 60-thousand dollars to pay off their loans.
Representative Chellie Pingree, D-Maine 2nd Congressional District said “And, it’s great for companies here who might want to attract people who are currently living out-of-state, but would make a commitment to living here. Or young people who really want to make this their home.that’s a huge chunk of money to help you get through, you know making those payments and having a job.”
The new “Alfond Leaders Program” will be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine and will select 150 Alfond leaders over the next three years.
The announcement was made in a building on Main Street in Waterville where technology company CGI plans to create 200 tech jobs.