Construction-Sector Workforce Initiative Trains Jobseekers in Lewiston

  Contractors throughout Maine currently face a quandary—they have plenty of work on their job sites, but they can’t recruit enough skilled employees to fill their openings. At the same time, many unemployed Mainers want jobs and could benefit from the steady work that they’d receive in the construction trade, but don’t have the right… Read more »

Eastern Maine Skippers Program Offers a Pathway to Success for Down East Students

Faced with a growing dropout rate that raised concerns about the economic future of Hancock and Washington counties, schools in the Down East region recognized that something needed to be done to help ensure that young people had the skills and abilities to contribute to the continued prosperity of their communities. That’s why they and… Read more »

Axiom Education & Training Center Strengthens Washington County’s Workforce

In rural Washington County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Maine, economic development initiatives have real power to change lives. Susan Corbett, CEO of Machias-based IT firm Axiom Technologies, believes this strongly—so strongly, in fact, that a few years ago she launched Axiom Education & Training Center, a not-for-profit dedicated solely… Read more »

Gateway to Opportunity Gives Young Mainers Memorable Summers

Summer jobs are an important source of income, structure and self-esteem for young Mainers, but these opportunities are increasingly hard to come by. Indeed, the unemployment rate for Maine youth between the ages of 16 and 19 is more than three times the overall rate. Low-income teens are disproportionately affected by this shortage: national research… Read more »