Education and Workforce Development

Educational opportunity and achievement are essential to the region’s economic health and quality of life.  Without an educated workforce and diligent efforts to develop the pipeline of workers that businesses need to compete globally, the region cannot succeed. To that end, the Chamber supports:

  • Better alignment of educational opportunities and private sector needs.
  • Improved access to post-secondary education through affordable financial aid and expansion of transfer agreements among high schools, the Maine Community College System and four-year institutions.
  • A detailed analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the University System, Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy, with the goal of finding structural efficiencies to ensure maximum value.
  • Analysis of the cost-effectiveness of K-12 education systems and recent consolidation efforts  in the state, including charter schools, with an emphasis on “best practices” among Maine K-12 schools, particularly those identified as “high performing and efficient” by the state.
  • Expanded access to early childhood education programs as a funding priority.
  • Continued regional control of a fair share of state and federal workforce development funds so as to assure the ongoing success of workforce development programs in the Bangor region.
  • Support for the integration of returning veterans into the community and our regional workforce.