Invest in people and build Maine’s economy -- Press Herald
… There are 185,000 Mainers who have some college, but no degree, who could put themselves in a position for higher earnings if they could get access to the right program. The state’s community college system is serving that need for thousands of Mainers, but its most sought-after programs too often have to turn potential students away. Helping more workers acquire the skills and credentials would allow them to command more in the job market.
Maine needs to grow its workforce. Part of that effort must be growing the skills of the people already working. – Bangor Daily News Editorial
To continue growing Maine’s economy and to meet demographic needs in America’s oldest state, policymakers must take steps both to engage and empower potential workers already here while also attracting new people. It can’t be either/or — it has to be all of the above…David Daigler, the president of Maine’s Community College System (MCCS), stressed in an interview with the BDN this week that the third piece of that equation — building the skills of Maine workers so that they can better compete in today’s economy — cannot get lost in the discussion. And he’s right.
More funds needed to train more Mainers, says college system prez -- Mainebiz
Maine's seven community colleges are steadily increasing job training opportunities across the state. But additional funding is needed to train more people, according to the head of the Maine Community College System leader.