Business, Educators Joining Forces to Close Skills Gap

An educational advocacy group and Maine’s State Chamber of Commerce have outlined strategies aimed at doubling the number of students attending vocational high schools, also known as career and technical education.
The chamber and Educate Maine want to promote vocational education through a public-private partnership by highlighting that the state’s 27 vocational schools have state-of-the-art facilities and integrated curriculum.
“CTE has changed dramatically in the last 10 years,” said Margaret Harvey, director for career and technical education for Main. “It is the perception that CTE is not a viable option for any student that is the biggest roadblock. The CTE programs are now using mandated industry standards and assessments which allow students to enter the workforce ready and trained. Students are choosing their own pathways to careers that are sustaining and fulfilling for both them and Maine.”
To see what other strategies this endeavor will use to develop Maine’s workforce, click here.

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