BANGOR — Husson University’s Distinguished Speaker Series featured U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as its inaugural speaker for the university’s new Distinguished Speaker Series.
The event took place at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business. The purpose of the university’s new Distinguished Speaker Series is to educate students, alumni, and community members on the challenges facing business-related professions.
“Husson is on the forefront in effective workforce development. It a partnership with some of Maine’s premier employers, benefit those employers and their future employees,” said Collins, a Republican.
The series aims to help educate current and former students, as well as community members, on the challenges facing businesses and other professions.
“My hope is they will realize they as individuals can make a difference, they can make a difference in their community,” said Collins.
“They should always remember to try to give back to their state,” she said.
Husson University President Bob Clark said preparing students for the workforce is imperative.
“What we know is preparing qualified professionals makes a difference in the industry and the economy moving forward. That’s the role we at Husson in educating students for a life in the future will make a difference,” said Clark.
Other topics discussed by Collins included health care, education, the expansion of broadband, and the infrastructure act.
“I have been working with a group of House members that are for our infrastructure bill. They have negotiated with Speaker Pelosi that there will be a vote by the end of this month,” said Collins.
Senator Collins also addressed staffing shortages.
“Employers are desperate for employees. If you drive down Union Street in Bangor, you will see signs for 13, 14, 15 dollars per hour,” said Collins.
Speakers in the upcoming months include Eric Rosengren, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, from 2-3 p.m. on Oct. 13, and Stephen Smith, president and CEO of L.L. Bean, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.on Nov. 18.