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Plan aims to double number Maine high school students getting technical education

The Maine State Chamber of Commerce, along with the group Educate Maine, say expanding the number of high school students enrolled in the so-called CTE Centers will give more Mainers access to good paying jobs and careers. (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME) -- The Maine State Chamber of Commerce, along with the group Educate Maine, say expanding the number of high school students enrolled in the so-called CTE Centers will give more Mainers access to good paying jobs and careers.

It will also give Maine employers access to more skilled workers.

One of the strategies is to better educate students and parents about what CTE Centers are all about.

"There is no question in my mind that the more you come to know the CTE Centers, the more appreciated that they are a proven program with proven results,” Dana Connor, President of Maine State Chamber of Commerce, said.

Another strategy is to strengthen partnerships between colleges and the CTE Centers in places like Sanford, Biddeford and Waterville.

Only 14 percent of Maine high school students, about 8,500 students, are currently enrolled in Maine’s 27 CTE high schools.

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