Next steps for workforce development in Maine

Proposals for improving the effectiveness of workforce development efforts abound. However, they are disconnected from one another and fail to address the lack of coordination among the many stakeholders, from high school-level CTE centers and community colleges to local chambers of commerce, industry associations, individual employers and government.

So, while the increased spending is certainly welcome, to get full value from the money, Maine needs to overhaul the institutional links connecting citizens, public educational institutions and employers. Maine needs to build effective public-private partnerships for workforce development.

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