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ERIC Number: ED496813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Jobs and Opportunity: The Power and Potential of Maine's Community Colleges. Executive Summary: Report of the Governor's Community College Advisory Council
Maine Community College System
This report observes that, while Maine's economy is changing at a rapid pace, its workforce is not, and to compete, Maine must dramatically increase the educational attainment levels of its citizens. Many of Maine's core industries face significant shortages of skilled workers, a shortage that is slowing the growth of the state's economy and dimming its prospects for the future. This skills gap also means Mainers are seeing thousands of good jobs pass them by. Maine's community colleges have the potential--if not the current capacity--to bridge these large and troubling gaps. By offering an affordable and accessible gateway to higher education for thousands of low- and moderate-income Maine people, the community colleges have experienced dramatic growth in just three years. Like the state's economy, Maine's community colleges are at a major crossroads, poised for growth but lacking critically important resources to realize their full potential. The Governor's Community College Advisory Council found that Maine has a shortage of skilled workers in nearly every major industry, and the state's community college system has reached capacity in many of their programs, services, and facilities. The Governor's Community College Advisory Council thus recommends that the State commit to a goal of achieving the national average in community college enrollment--30,000 credit students (from 12,500 today)--within ten years. The Advisory Council recommends: (1) a $20.3 million initial State investment, for 4,000 additional college students; and (2) a major capital improvements bond issue to update and expand facilities. These recommendations are detailed in this report. [This report was produced by the Governor's Community College Advisory Council, Maine Community College System.]
Maine Community College System. 323 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. Tel: 207-629-4000; Fax: 207-629-4048; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine
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