Govs. McKernan, Baldacci: ‘Yes’ vote on Question 5 will help schools prepare state’s future leaders

October 17, 2018

Investing in community colleges is key if Maine intends to remedy its skilled-labor shortage.

When the Maine Vocational Institute was established in 1946 in Augusta, it offered four programs and enrolled 80 veterans who were newly returned from World War II. It was a time of rapid technological change and the state needed more skilled workers to help grow its economy.

Sound familiar?

Seventy-two years later, that first institute has grown into Maine’s seven community colleges. The importance of these schools to the people of Maine and the economy of our state cannot be overstated as we confront ever greater technological change and a serious and growing need for skilled workers.

On Nov. 6, we will have an opportunity to vote “yes” on Question 5 to make needed investments in all seven colleges. Read more»