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CMP, Common Good Ventures host forum to lend expertise to STEM Collaborative
AUGUSTA, Maine, December 21, 2011 — Getting Maine students and their parents excited about education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – also known as STEM subjects – was the topic of lively discussion when local business leaders gathered at Central Maine Power Company (CMP) headquarters in Augusta last week.
CMP hosted Common Good Ventures’ (CGV) latest “Springboard” panel discussion, where about a dozen experienced executives from the private and public sectors lent their experience in marketing and communications to the STEM Collaborative, a statewide partnership of education, research, business, government, and non-profit organizations that seeks to improve STEM education in Maine.
“CMP has a long tradition of working with educational institutions and community organizations to raise students’ aspirations and enhance education in STEM subjects,” said CMP President and CEO Sara Burns in welcoming the group. “Like so many other employers, CMP relies on technology and people with knowledge of science and engineering, so we were excited to bring this group together to help the STEM Collaborative.”
Ideas from the discussion included placing higher priority on events like science fairs, engaging like-minded community organizations, and linking college and university STEM programs with education at all levels, from kindergarten through high school. Participants also urged the STEM Collaborative to “sell the sizzle,” and “focus on the cool quotient,” to draw young people into technical fields, and to incorporate social media into their communications efforts.
CGV provides expert business advice and hands-on guidance to Maine’s non-profits to help improve their performance, maximize their impact, and successfully address the state’s social and economic challenges. In the past 11 years, CGV has worked with over 175 Maine non-profits; last week’s Springboard discussion was the latest in more than 50 such facilitated sessions in the organization’s history.
CMP is a charter member in Common Good Ventures’ Corporate Circle. Since 2003, CMP has provided more than $100,000 in financial support, helping Common Good Ventures to sustain its mission to strengthen the performance of its non-profit clients.
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kimberly Lindlof, seated in center, offers an idea for the STEM Collaborative during the Common Good Ventures “Springboard” discussion at Central Maine Power headquarters in Augusta last week. From left are CMP President & CEO Sara Burns, State Rep. Mary Nelson, Lindlof, Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Peter Thompson, and Spurwink Services President Dawn Stiles. Standing is Common Good Ventures Managing Director Barbara Irish.
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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction five times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com .
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.