"Educational Endeavors" piece on how the absence of a community college system i


Douglas Rooks


Maine Times




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"Educational Endeavors" piece on how the absence of a community college system in Maine has contributed to the declining number of blue-collar jobs throughout the state. According to the latest Maine Economic Growth Council Report, Maine graduates 86 percent of its high school students (13th in the nation), but only about 50 percent go to college (47th). At Gov. Angus King's urging, University System chancellor Terry MacTaggart and Technical College president John Fitzsimmons signed a "Community College Partnership" document outlining how two-year programs in the two separate systems can be more closely aligned. One of the biggest obstacles in funding. Maine's tuition for public four-year institutions is 22 percent above the national average, but tuition for two-year programs in almost double the national average. With information about how systems of higher education work in other states; facts and figures; a list of UMaine and Maine Technical College sites; and comments by Owen Cargol, UMA president, who opposes merging Maine's two systems, and former Maine House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell, who has proposed free tuition in community college programs.


Education, Higher, Community colleges

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