ERIC Number: ED471638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Time Is Now. A Community College System for Maine.
Maine Technical Coll. System, Augusta.
This small fact book explains both quantitatively and qualitatively why Maine must convert its technical college system into a community college system. The state ranks below the national average and last in New England for college attendance. One of the major factors in Maine's low college participation is the lack of a comprehensive community college system. Nationally, community colleges enroll nearly half of all college students and serve as a critical access point for working adults and low-and moderate-income students. Report highlights include (1) 68% of Maine employers are having difficulty finding skilled workers; (2) jobs requiring an associate degree or higher are increasing by nearly twice the rate of jobs needing less skilled workers; (3) each year, 45% of Maine high school graduates don't enroll in college; (4) 90,000 Maine adults have a strong desire for a college degree but aren't pursuing one; and (5) 92% of Maine's population is within 25 miles of a technical college campus or center. This report proposes three actions to increase access to higher education in Maine: (1) increase enrollment in two-year technical colleges by expanding occupational and liberal arts programs and increasing investments in faculty and equipment; (2) add student advisors and expand remedial education opportunities; and (3) change the name of the Maine Technical College System to the Maine Community College System. (AUTH/EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Technical Coll. System, Augusta.
Identifiers - Location: Maine