In this time of COVID-19, Maine’s businesses and industries have a great need for skilled workers, and there is an untapped resource available to them through veterans and currently serving Guard members and reservists. Those who have served or are currently serving bring many positive attributes to any work environment. They are well-trained and disciplined and work collaboratively in a team environment.

Further education and training for these individuals may be acquired in any one of Maine’s community colleges or universities. It may not be necessary to start at the beginning of any educational program. Through a review of a resume and military training by the educational institution, an individual may find she or he could be awarded advanced standing in their educational program of choice, curtailing many expenses and completion time.

Through this letter, I ask those who have served or are currently serving to do a self-assessment of interest and then make an inquiry at the institution of their choice to fully understand the options that exists for them in the pursuit of education and training. If not pursued, it is an opportunity missed for business and industry and the veteran or currently serving warrior, to say nothing of Maine’s economy.

Thank you for your service,

Bill Cassidy
chair, Maine Community College System Board of Trustees

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