Baxter Academy appoints new director

Anna Klein-Christie has been appointed the executive director of Portland-based Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, effective Sept. 2.

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Klein-Christie has more than 20 years of experience working with local and international nonprofits serving youth and is committed to expanding STEM opportunities.

“As our educational programming is at no cost to students in Maine, we welcome all students who are interested in solving some of our greatest challenges through STEM,” Klein-Christie said. “I am excited to strengthen access to higher education and employment opportunities for students, building on the great work of my predecessor, and engage brilliant young minds in securing our shared future.”

Multilingual adult learners to benefit from bank donation

The nonprofit Friends of Portland Adult Education has received $60,000 from Bank of America to enhance Portland Adult Education’s workforce training programs and student career services. The donation will expand employer partnerships and create opportunities for Maine’s multilingual populations that will promote racial equity.

Portland Adult Education served over 1,500 students in its academic and workforce programs in the 2021-2022 school year. The students were racially and linguistically diverse with 72 nationalities represented and they ranged in age from 17-84 years old.

This is the second year in a row that Bank of America has made a $60,000 to the program.

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“Our students are incredibly motivated and hard-working – often juggling families, jobs and other responsibilities while they pursue their education and training,” said PAE Assistant Director Elizabeth Love. “Bank of America’s support will expand opportunities for our students to advance their careers in Maine.”

Local students finish summer stints as interns

Three local college students have completed summer internships in U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ offices.

Falmouth native Nick Forester and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. John Shinkle

Nick Forester, a Falmouth native and graduate of Falmouth High School, worked in Collins’ Washington, D.C., office.  Forester is a rising senior at Bates College, where he studies politics and is the captain of the men’s tennis team. Upon graduation, he plans to attend law school.

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“It is always a pleasure to give Maine students an opportunity to serve the citizens of our state,” Collins said in a prepared release. “Nicholas has a strong work ethic and a commendable desire to work in public service.”

Camden Olson, a Yarmouth native, worked in Collins’ Portland Constituent Services Center. Olson is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Maine at Orono and also aspires to go to law school.

Nicholas Gillert, a Portland native and Deering High School grad, also completed a summer internship in the Senator’s Washington, D.C., office.

“Camden has a commendable desire for public service and volunteering and I was delighted to have him in my Portland Constituent Services Center helping Mainers this summer,” Collins said, adding, “Nick demonstrated impressive leadership skills in the classroom, and I am pleased that he had the opportunity to see the legislative process firsthand as well as serve his fellow Mainers.”