Campus Connections, Top Stories, April 4


Meet potential employers face-to-face at Career Fair

SMCC’s annual Career Fair is your opportunity to meet potential employers face-to-face on campus. The fair takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Campus Center lounge.

Besides meeting with potential employers, you can practice your professional communication skills and learn about the job market outlook. Bring a resume and make a positive impression.

Forty-four employers have signed up to participate. They include:

  • Affinity (Portland)
  • Aircraft Logix (Portland)
  • Bonney Staffing Center Inc. (South Portland)
  • Bridges of Maine LLC (Gray)
  • Butler Bros. (Lewiston)
  • Calderwood Engineering (Richmond)
  • Cornerstone Energy Services Inc. (South Portland)
  • Creative Work Systems (Portland)
  • Crooker Construction LLC (Topsham)
  • CSTARS of Maine (Westbrook)
  • Cumberland County Government (Portland)
  • Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (Brewer)
  • Exactitude, (Cumberland)
  • Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (Berlin, N.H.)
  • General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works (Bath)
  • Group Main Stream (Westbrook)
  • Hazelwood Handyman (Kennebunkport)
  • Hussey Seating Co. (North Berwick)
  • Maine Army National Guard (South Portland)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (Portland)
  • MEMIC (Portland)
  • New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (Portland)
  • Nouria Energy (Worcester, Mass.)
  • Oceanview at Falmouth (Falmouth)
  • Paul G. White Interior Solutions (Portland)
  • Portland Nannies (Portland)
  • R.W. Gillespie & Associates Inc. (Saco)
  • Seabreeze Property Services (Portland)
  • SequelCare of Maine (Yarmouth)
  • Sweetser (Saco)
  • Texas Instruments (Dallas, Texas)
  • Tilson Technology Management, Inc. (Portland)
  • Town of Old Orchard Beach Police Department (Old Orchard Beach)
  • United States Border Patrol (Hodgdon)
  • Wellness Connection of Maine (Westbrook)
  • WGME CBS 13/WPFO Fox 23 (Portland)

Maine is IT! Companies

  • Base36, Inc. (Saco)
  • Carbonite (Lewiston)
  • Casco Bay Molding (Sanford)
  • DSCI (South Portland)
  • MaineHealth (Portland)
  • Net.Tel, LLC (Portland)
  • Plixer International (Kennebunk)
  • Sage Data Security (Portland)
  • State of Maine – Office of Information Technology (Augusta)
  • Systems Engineering (Portland)
  • Tyler Technologies (Yarmouth)

What’s the buzz? TEDxSMCC, that’s what


X’s have been sprouting up around the South Portland Campus ahead of the April 7 TEDxSMCC, a lively and inspirational event that will feature 10 speakers and performers.

Organized by students and faculty, it aims to inspire students and the broader community to consider new possibilities as they navigate their educational, personal and professional journeys. The event will focus on the theme “Mind the Gap” — a reference to the changes felt across the state as Mainers join the technological, economic and social evolutions of the 21st Century.

TEDxSMCC is an independently organized event, licensed by the globally popular conference that focuses on fostering learning and spreading ideas through meaningful conversations.

The SMCC event will be held in the HUB, but all available tickets were claimed the first week they became available. For more information, visit

Community Conversation draws a crowd


Students, faculty, staff and community partners came together at the Community Conversation to share ideas about student success and what we can be doing to meet the needs of students and employers.

More than 150 people turned out for the March 25 event in the HUB, gathering in small groups around tables, brainstorming ideas and then sharing those ideas with the whole group.

Participants looked at various data regarding SMCC students and success rates, and used that data to develop their ideas.

President Cantor told the group to remember the acronym OTTNO, “On Their Terms, Not Ours.” Two questions, he said, are about to permeate everything we do: Are we doing our best to increase student success, OTTNO? And are we doing our best to meet employers’ real needs, OTTNO?

“Our mission and values obligate us, and prepare us, to make the changes necessary to build and maintain a culture of success and accountability,” he said.

Nursing students lend helping hands in in Zanzibar


Five nursing students traveled 7,500 miles over spring break to help local residents in east Africa.

Accompanied by Nursing Professor Lynn Golder, the students — Cody Powers, Laurie Pitts, Lauren Adams (shown in photo), Sarah Ireland and Magen Garland — spent the week in Zanzibar, Tanzania. There, they evaluated more than 500 patients and distributed more than 1,100 pounds of medical and school supplies in collaboration with local medical staff.

The trip was the brainchild of SMCC Nursing alumni Emily Gerardo and Mandy Rodney, whose nonprofit, Baobab Canopy, works with the Mangrove Lodge in Zanzibar to provide medical and educational services to the local community.

Also participating were three other registered nurses, a doctor, two photographers and a Peace Corps volunteer.