AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul LePage met with college students to discuss ways that Maine can attract and retain young people as the state’s population continues to age.

The Republican governor invited Bowdoin College students to the Blaine House on Wednesday to present ideas they had for making the state more attractive to young people.

LePage said after the meeting that one idea that sparked his interest was encouraging the creation of more internships at local businesses with the aim of encouraging more students to remain and work in Maine after college.

Gregorie Faucher, a sophomore from Madawaska, said among other ideas that were discussed were ways to forgive student loan debt.

Maine has the nation’s highest rate of baby boomers at more than 29 percent, according to recent census data.