Community college answers the call for more skilled trades workers in Maine

Lindsey Mills outlines this problem: The task is two-fold: keep more college graduates living and working in Maine and solve a problem employers are facing statewide. One Maine community college is looking to answer both by rolling out two new trades programs.

AUBURN — “I had been looking into doing engineering for many years because that’s what my father did,” said Matthew Scott, a student at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. “Then I discovered I don’t like the calculus and I’d much rather be building stuff and designing my own stuff.”

Scott is pursuing a four-year degree in precision machining technology. At Central Maine Community College the trades programs are thriving.

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