Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:52

"Works For Me" program encourages students to explore careers in the trade industry Featured

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BANGOR - Maine is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers to fill high paying trade jobs.

Eastern Maine Community College hosted an event called Works For Me to encourage students to explore careers in the trade industry.


Jennifer Khabari who is the director of advancement at Eastern Maine Community College said Works For Me is just the start of a year-long kickoff campaign to take back the trades.


"We need to figure out a way to get students more engaged and thinking about trades as a long-term career," said Khabari.


She said this program is to get students to understand what the tech and trades are, "People may grow up thinking I want to be a nurse I want to be a doctor, but nobody ends up thinking I want to grow up and scuba dive and weld boats underwater. So this is really an opportunity to get students thinking outside that box," Khabari said.


According to the U.S. Censuses Bureau, Center for Economic studies there will be over 8,000 skilled trade jobs to fill in the next ten years.


"So there's a real boom there's such a need to fill these positions with qualified educated folks," said Khabari.


Students at Eastern Maine Community College said they love this program because it's shorter school time and a lot less expensive.


"There's a lot more job opportunities in the technical world, great benefits," said Lia Hanenburg who is a student at Eastern Maine Community College.


"A state college would cost you ten times for the same exact program," said Kenyan Robinson a student at Eastern Maine Medical Center.


Hanenburg originally went to art school before attending the works for me program and said she realized what she was doing wasn't going to pay the bills.


"Now I can actually do what I want to do later on in life after I establish a career," Hanenburg said.


Shonna Narine

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