Governor Mills Celebrates Lincoln Welding Program Expansion Funded by Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

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governor Janet T. Mills Speaks to Northern Penosscot Students at Todays Welding Program Expansion Ribbon Cutting.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D) joined community leaders today in Lincoln at a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of a major expansion of Northern Penobscot Tech Region 111 funded by a $570,000. investment from the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan.

The Governor’s investment enabled Northern Penobscot Tech Region 111 to significantly expand its welding program, adding nearly 600 st. ft. of space, 10 new welding booths, 10 new welders and 5 ventilators.  The additional space and equipment will give more area high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in welding, earn nationally recognized welding certification and graduate prepared to fill critical job openings in Maine’s economy.

Under Governor Mills career and technical education (CTE) enrollment has grown by nearly 11%, with an almost 300 percent increase in exploratory program enrollment that allowes freshman and sophmores to sample multiple programs to follow their interests.

“I’ve long been a believer in career and technical education programs because they teach students the real-world skills they need to launch successful careers in the trades.  This expansion funded by my Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan will give more students in Nothern Penobscot Region 111 the opportunity to gain a hands-on experience and certification in welding,” said Governor Mills.  “My Administration will continue to do all we can to help our career and technical education system prepare young people to fill-in demand jobs and succeed in meaningful careers here in Maine.”

“On behalf of the Region 111 community, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Governor Mills for her vision and commitment to CTE schools in Maine,” said Curt Ring, Director of Northern Penobscot Tech Region 111.  ‘Recognizing the importance of and acting to create a well-trained workforce is paramount to the success of our state.”