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Senator Collins Speaks at William S. Cohen Institute High School Leadership Program

Cohen Institute Visit

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Orono, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke with students attending the Cohen Institute High School Leadership Program at the University of Maine. High school students from across the state were selected to participate in the program and earn early college credits in courses that focus on the fundamentals of leadership studies.

“Helping to engage young people in public service is crucial for training the next generation of Maine leaders and I thank the Cohen Institute for their important work,” said Senator Collins. “I so enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with these bright young students about my service for the State of Maine, my time in Bill Cohen’s office, and the importance of working together to overcome obstacles and solve problems.”

In 2019, the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service launched the inaugural High School Leadership Program. The program immersed 20 rising high school seniors, including at least one student from each of Maine’s 16 counties, in both the theory and practice of leadership. Due to the success of the program, the Cohen Institute has expanded enrollment to 35-40 students who will attend the program.

Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen represented Maine for 18 years in the U.S. Senate and six years in the House of Representatives. Upon graduating from college, Senator Collins worked for then-Senator Cohen for 12 years. At the beginning of the 117th Congress, Secretary Cohen escorted Senator Collins through the Senate Chamber as she was sworn in for an historic fifth term.