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Letter to the editor: Vocation and complex colleges building Maine workforce answers

As a restaurant proprietor who frequently struggles to locate workers, I know firsthand that just one of Maine’s biggest economic challenges is the dimension and talent stage of our workforce. Discovering methods to improve and strengthen Maine’s workforce is essential for Maine individuals and our state’s economic success. Luckily, Maine’s vocation and technological training faculties are producing promising answers.

As a current post (“Summer camps establish on hard work to increase vocational systems to middle schoolers,” July 26) highlighted, several Maine CTE educational facilities are presently giving summer months camps for middle faculty college students – earlier presented only to higher university juniors and seniors – to support interact their curiosity in professions these as culinary arts, crisis medicine, carpentry and other trades. These pilot courses are portion of a broader strategy Maine CTE schools are having to grow their arrive at to pupils in earlier grades. This is the variety of ahead-on the lookout answer that will help resolve Maine’s workforce problems and set even extra students on paths to profitable futures.

At Bridge Academy Maine, we help colleges hook up learners to CTE, higher education, work and additional. We comprehend that participating students in studying, early on and in strategies that function for them, will protected a much better long term for a lot of Maine youth. CTE also is essential to achieving an significant target the MaineSpark coalition discovered – that 60 per cent of Mainers have a put up-secondary degree or credential by 2025, so Maine’s people today, companies and financial state are positioned for achievement.

Finest of all, CTE and these pilot programs are aiding a lot of young Mainers get excited about understanding and the career choices that lie ahead.

Brian Langley
government director, Bridge Academy Maine member, ReadyNation proprietor, Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant

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