Six years ago, Unum reached out to the Commissioner of Education in Maine and asked how the company could partner with the State to continue its support of education. The answer was to support the current leaders in public education. Within a few months, a curriculum was developed with a nonprofit partner, and educators were recruited to join the Educators Leadership Experience. This program is designed to help build education/business partnerships throughout the state.
In the past five years, 125 educators from 15 of the 16 counties in Maine have participated. Team-building, learning about Maine’s economy and meeting colleagues are highlights of the program.
“Educators have been excited to be part of this program to learn about the various business sectors in Maine, and to hear from the business leaders of the type of job skills employers are looking for in their workforce,” said Cary Olson Cartwright, assistant vice president of CSR at Unum. “Many partnerships have been formed to provide experiential learning opportunities for students. We are very happy with the success of this program.”
Throughout the year, the Epsilon Class will visit the University of Maine, The Jackson Laboratory, Eastern Maine Healthcare, Unum, and companies within the manufacturing field. They will also participate in a mock legislative session at the State House and will debate current bills before the Maine State Legislature.
With help by a strong community partnership with Educate Maine and the Maine Principals’ Association, Unum and the ELE program connects education with business, fostering collaboration and innovation in all Maine schools.