Students connect with career opportunities at UMFK breakfast

FORT KENT, Maine — University of Maine at Fort Kent students were able to network with and gain first-hand knowledge about possible career pathways they might pursue by meeting up with local professionals at a breakfast sponsored by Jobs for Maine Graduates and TRIO. 

Port Directors Dave Albert and Scott Cyr of U.S. Customs and Border Protection were among the dozens of professionals who volunteered their time to talk with students about their careers at the meeting held Thursday, Oct. 24. 

Catherine Shelmerdine, a UMFK freshman interested in a career in law enforcement questioned the officers about opportunities in the field. 

“The growth of our agency in the next eight years will be astronomical; you’re in a good place at the right time,” Cyr told Shelmerdine.

Albert explained that U.S. Customs and Border Protection works closely with U.S. Border Patrol to protect the country from the dangers of terrorists, human smuggling, human trafficking and drugs. 

“We are a team,” he said. 

Shelmerdine, originally from Warren, is majoring in conservation law enforcement at UMFK and comes from a military family.

“My idea of the perfect career is in the military or law enforcement,” she said. 

Albert explained why he and Cyr took the time to meet with the students at the event.

“We’re vested in the community. We live here and we have our kids here,” Albert said.

Sheldermine said she enjoys attending UMFK so far, and the breakfast meeting reinforced that. 

“I really like that it is community-oriented; you get to know students and professors and you get opportunities like this,” she said. “At larger schools you might not get treated one on one.” 

Other fields represented by professionals who attended the event included business, behavioral science, forestry and nursing. 

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