In 2007, MCCS President John Fitzsimmons travelled 2,500 miles across rural Maine to meet with nearly 400 community and business leaders from all 16 counties. The conversations focused on how the state’s community colleges could support efforts to improve Maine’s rural economies.
In January 2008, the MCCS announced a $6.6 million investment in programs aimed at addressing the workforce and educational challenges confronting rural parts of the state. Today, those investments continue to make a significant difference throughout Maine and include:
Maine’s community colleges offer an increasing number of courses and programs designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in green technologies. New programs include wind power technology at NMCC and energy services technology and sustainable agriculture at KVCC. In addition, WCCC offers an associate degree program in adventure recreation and tourism. Many MCCS trade and technical programs include an emphasis on green technologies and sustainability. To learn more about these and other green opportunities available through Maine’s community colleges contact the admissions office at your local community college or the business and industry departments.