Leaders of Maine Higher Ed Describe Challenges to Legislature

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Leaders of Maine higher education institutions vowed Thursday to continue to adapt to the state’s needs and build a skilled workforce, but said they need the Legislature’s continued support to succeed.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page, Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons and Maine Maritime Academy President William Brennan addressed a joint session of the Maine Legislature on Thursday.

Each institution faces its own stark challenges, with a declining pool of high school graduates to draw from, aging infrastructure and a shortage of state funding and federal funding to pump into improvements.

Fitzsimmons said that Maine’s community college system will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its switch from technical colleges to community colleges this fall.

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