Governor Mills Touts Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan’s Investment in Workforce Training at Maine’s Community Colleges
Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills has proposed investing $35 million in MCCS as part of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, her plan to dedicate more than $1 billion in discretionary Federal relief funds allocated to Maine under the American Rescue Plan Act. The Governor has also proposed committing $35 million to the University of Maine System and $20 million to Maine’s Career and Technical Education Centers.
This investment also comes as the Governor proposes in her budget a three percent funding increase to support the operations of community colleges.
“Maine is in constant competition with other states and the world to build and retain a talented workforce that can succeed in emerging industries shaped by new technology,” said Governor Mills. “To keep Maine competitive, to create a skilled workforce, and to craft a diverse economy that attracts new businesses and provides good-paying jobs, we have to invest in our people and in our public education system. The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan does that to support our community college system and bolster its important role in strengthening our workforce.”
Maine’s community colleges offer a wide breadth of affordable workforce training programs across Maine that are easily accessed through free short-term training, degree programs, certificate programs and advanced certificate programs.