FARMINGTON — Throughout a Friday tour of Foster Profession and Technical Training (CTE) Middle in Farmington, Governor Janet Mills highlighted the significance of Maine CTEs in coaching expert staff and spurring financial restoration and long-term development from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maine’s public schooling system has 27 CTE faculties that present Maine college students with coaching for careers, together with in welding, nursing and emergency medication, laptop programming and pre-engineering, electrical, heating and cooling techniques, constructing trades, early childhood schooling, marine trades, automotive know-how, horticulture, hospitality and culinary arts, amongst others.
Governor Mills has proposed investing $20 million for program, tools and facility upgrades for the state’s 27 CTEs as a part of the Maine Jobs & Restoration Plan, her proposal to speculate greater than $1 billion in discretionary federal reduction funds allotted to Maine underneath the American Rescue Plan Act.
Maine CTEs haven’t acquired a big funding from the State since 1998, in line with a information launch.
“Jobs within the trades convey with them good abilities and good pay, in addition to secure, life-long careers, however it’s been a long time since we’ve invested within the upgrades our profession and technical schooling facilities want to coach college students to fill these jobs,” stated Governor Mills. “Funding in Maine’s CTEs is crucial to our financial restoration and long-term development. With newly out there funds, now could be the time to make that funding to attach our college students with rewarding careers and the companies which might be ready to hiring them.”
“Governor Mills’ help for Profession and Technical Training Facilities will assist Maine’s CTEs unleash the potential of Maine’s younger folks, assist fill Maine’s high-growth careers, and create sustained financial development,” stated Dave Keaton, CTE Director of Area Two College of Utilized Expertise in Houlton and incoming the Govt Director of Maine Directors of Profession and Technical Training (MACTE). “The funding from the Maine Jobs & Restoration Plan is lengthy overdue, and can present Maine college students with distinctive studying alternatives and put together them for future success as expert members of Maine’s workforce.”
“The connection between Maine employers and the state’s Profession and Technical Training Facilities is essential for Maine’s economic system to make sure our college students are studying the abilities wanted to thrive in expert trades, well being care, biotechnology, and extra,” stated Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Division of Financial and Neighborhood Improvement. “The workforce investments of the Maine Jobs & Restoration Plan, which whole greater than $100 million, will create new financial alternatives for Maine college students and employers.”
As Lawyer Common, Governor Mills used funds she obtained via a settlement with Tub Fitter to create plumbing packages at a number of CTEs in Maine, together with Foster CTE Middle. In 2019, as Governor, Governor Mills additionally proposed a $5 million bond to help tools upgrades at CTEs. The proposal was rejected by some members of the Legislature on the time regardless of bipartisan help.
Governor Mills has offered the Maine Jobs and Restoration Plan to the Legislature and can journey the state within the coming weeks to debate it in additional element with the folks of Maine.