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Maine Community Colleges to Get $13M for IT Training Initiative
09/18/2013 01:28 PM ET  

The funds will go to a consortium made up of the state's Community College System and employers, workforce development agencies, industry assocations and other institutions of higher education.

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $13 million in grants to Maine's community colleges, the state's congressional delegation has announced. The money is aimed at increasing opportunities for information technology - or IT - training, as the demand for workers with IT skills grows.

The funds will go to a consortium made up of the state's Community College System and employers, workforce development agencies, industry assocations and other institutions of higher education, in an initiative called "Maine is IT."

"This initiative will not only help workers in our state take that next step in their careers, but it will provide training that can be directly applied to positions that Maine employers are desperately trying to fill," Maine's two senators, Angus King and Susan Collins, and two House representatives, Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, say, in a joint press release.

The initiative is expected to serve more than 2,000 unemployed and under-employed Mainers. The Department of Labor is coordinating with the U.S. Department of Education to implement and administer the program.


 

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