What is the Academy?

The UNE Academy of Digital Sciences (often referred to as simply the “UNE Academy”) is Maine’s first accelerated certificate-of-completion learning series providing new and advanced learners with the most in-demand professional competencies as defined by both U.S. Department of Labor and local Maine employers.

Developed in partnership with prominent area businesses, our curriculum integrates curated world-class interactive online instruction with professionally mentored, project-based learning. UNE Academy learners acquire the skills that are most needed by local businesses and are then connected directly to employers who are eager to hire qualified and competent employees.

Acquire the Most In-Demand Skills — in Months, Not Years

The UNE Academy was created to serve employer demand for candidates with professional and technical skills in the areas of web development, user interaction, data analysis and project management to meet the needs of learners who want to enter and advance in digital careers in months, not years—including those already working full-time.

Designed to be relevant for learners new to the field or for professionals looking to advance into new digital occupations, the UNE Academy is built upon the same accelerated learning approach that was at the heart of Project>Login’s “Curiosity to Career” model and Maine’s successful campaign to receive TechHire Community designation from the White House.

Four Areas of Career Advancement — Depending on Your Interests

Based on insights from the Department of Labor’s national competency models, as well as local employment needs, we offer eight-week fundamentals courses that give you hands-on, applicable skills in four vital areas of career advancement, depending on your talents and interests

There’s also an introductory course in Digital Sciences Essentials — a good way to test the waters and explore the digital sciences, and also a good refresher for those re-entering the workforce.

Blended Online/Offline Curriculum

The course material is presented online, augmented by attentive mentorship from accomplished area professionals, who will provide guidance through both the Academy’s online interface and frequent “Academy Learning Labs” on UNE’s Portland Campus. Each course includes the completion of a final project — so you learn by practicing workplace-ready skills and creating a finished “product” — and the assembly of a professional portfolio.


Meet the Team