Technical colleges have long recruited high schoolers for careers in the trades, but Maine’s persistent workforce crunch has brought other industries into the halls to look for future hires, including aquaculture and advanced manufacturing.

Join moderator Carol Coultas and panelists from both guidance and recruitment offices to talk about how this strategy works for employers and teenagers, and how it might benefit your company on Thursday, November 30 at UNE’s Innovation Hall. Doors open for refreshments and networking at 4:30, conversation starts at 5:00 p.m.

About the panelists

Jon Mason, chief strategy officer, Jobs for Maine Graduates, a nonprofit that helps graduating seniors know their passion and then places them within suitable careers.





Scott Harris, board chair of the Maine School Counselor Association and director of senior placement at Scarborough High School.





Keri Kaczor, Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Program Manager for Maine Sea Grant. Keri  joined the Marine Extension Team as an AmeriCorp volunteer in 2003, and has been engaged in environmental literacy initiatives, ecosystem health monitoring and pollution remediation, and efforts to grow and strengthen Maine’s marine economy, etc.

In 2022, she started her new role that extends across Maine Sea Grant’s Extension and Research portfolio. Her work enhances existing program areas, as well as builds the organization’s capacity around education and workforce development. She serves as the liaison to state, regional and national initiatives, leveraging resources and facilitating the exchange of knowledge to benefit the whole.

Carol Coultas, Business Editor, moderator.
















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