BANGOR – More than one hundred high school students from across the greater Bangor area are sitting down with professionals to discuss their next move going into college.
Bank of America partnered with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to promote workforce development within the state of Maine.
Various business professionals are there to teach students customer service skills, marketing skills, and much more so they can use them in the future.
North regional manager for JMG Mark Pullen said, “Students need to have the toolbox to go into the workforce and have the skills and the credentials and the knowledge to be successful in career and post-secondary education.”
A digital banking manager with Bank of America said they look for people with marketable skills and how they sell themselves or a product to a local business.
Ryan Moore said, “The skills that we are talking about today really should be marketable for any business in the state of Maine.”
One student said he thought he knew what he was going to do in the future, but after coming to this workshop and interacting with different business professionals he’s changed his career path.
Orono high school senior Moe Pelletier said, “After going to JMG and exploring other opportunities I actually decided that I wanted to be a councilor instead and so this year I’m working up to go to college for that.”
He said he’s learning a lot of life skills and encourages other students to take part in the JMG program. “That they will benefit from it a lot and that I think they should take great advantage of it if they join the program,” said Pelletier.
“Yes that’s the goal I mean in our jmg classroom students are really thinking about that and the path and what they are going to be doing not this year but in the future,” said Pullen.