The Future & CTE
Maine is the 2nd oldest state in the nation, with over 18% of its population over 65 years old, just behind Florida’s 19%. This number will only increase in the next 10 years as the Baby Boomer generation retires. The many service jobs in Maine will need to grow even more to match this increase in older population. In Maine, tourism, agriculture, and entrepreneurial opportunities are also on the rise. Maine’s 27 CTE schools will be instrumental in training a workforce to meet those needs.
Nationwide, CTE is gaining in popularity because it not only teaches high school students hands-on skills for jobs that are needed now but also increasingly prepares a workforce for a future job market that is both expanding and changing.
Manufacturing, building construction, road and infrastructure repair, transportation, and logistics are all areas that will likely see an increase in need in the coming years. And CTE programs are also updating, getting ready for those futuristic jobs in burgeoning fields like hybrid automotive technology and green energy like wind and solar power.
It’s probably safe to say that the future will be even more dynamic and unpredictable than the last couple of decades. And it’s equally safe to say CTE will play an indispensable role in preparing workers and college students for those changes.
From all of us at Tri-County Tech, MSAD 46, Dexter, Maine — We wish you all Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!
Karen Walsh – Graphic Arts & Communications
Chef Chris Whitman – Culinary Arts
Sharon Foster – Health Occupations
Nadine Abbott – Health Occupations
Jennifer McKenzie – Computer Systems Repair
Robert Mosca – Precision Metals Manufacturing
John Guay – Building Trades Lead Instructor
Richard Clark – Building Trades Assistant
Steve Hughes – Lead Instructor, Pre-Tech
Steffan Duplessis – ELA Instructor, Pre-Tech
Kristen Caruso – Pre-Tech Assistant
Larry Pelletier – Automotive Technology
Vicki Kimball – Commercial Truck Driving
Chip Wakefield – Commercial Truck Driving Assistant
Steve Spaulding – Criminal Justice Instructor
Barbara Herring – Tutor, Office Support
Wilfred Murray – Building Maintenance
Nelson Cole – Tutor & Tech Support
Donna Whalen – Office Manager
Sarah Hanson – Student Services Coordinator & Academic Support
Patrick O’Neill – Tri-County Director, Assistant Superintendent AOS #94