Students to hear talks on economy, technology

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BRUNSWICK — As part of an effort spearheaded by Southern Maine Community College and Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, nearly 1,000 students from three high schools will take the day on Feb. 1 to learn about Maine’s future in engineering, wind technology and composites.

They will also hear about the creation of the new SMCC Midcoast Campus and the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center, a partnership between SMCC and the University of Maine, at Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The teens will also hear from Brunswick native Karen G. Mills, head of the U.S. Small Business Association, and Dr. Habib Dagher, a leader in Maine’s composite and energy future and director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC).

The talks will be held at the Orion Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham from 8:15-9:15 a.m., at Crooker Theatre in Brunswick High School from 9:45-10:45 a.m., and at Montgomery Theatre at Morse High School in Bath from 12:45-1:40 p.m.

Only the Topsham and Bath events are open to the public.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.