Question 5: An investment in our community colleges
It is no secret that Maine faces a severe shortage of skilled workers.
Question 5 on next week's ballot will help ensure that employers across Maine have the skilled workers they need to grow the state's economy.
Question 5 asks voters to invest $15 million in our community colleges to provide Maine people with greater access to high-skill, low-cost education that leads to good jobs right here at home. It will make it possible for the colleges to invest in:
- Expanded academic programming in high-demand fields that include nursing, welding, diesel hydraulics, and additive manufacturing;
- The renovation and expansion of instructional laboratories and classrooms;
- System-wide improvements in information technology; and
- Energy upgrades and efficiencies that lead to long-term savings.