Sens. Daughtry, Rafferty applaud proposed $3.2 million for career and technical education

Posted: March 18, 2022 | Senator Daughtry, Senator Rafferty

AUGUSTA — On Friday, Gov. Janet Mills proposed  an additional $3.2 million in the supplemental budget to help career and technical education programs in Maine. Sen. Joe Rafferty, D-Kennebunk, and Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, released statements applauding increased investment in this vital workforce training and education program. Sen. Rafferty is chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. Sen. Daughtry is the sponsor of LD 680, “Resolve, To Reestablish the Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System.” 

Sen. Mattie Daughtry and Sen. Joe Rafferty

Sen. Rafferty:

“As an educator, I know how important it is to make sure students have the right tools to learn. This is especially important for our CTE programs. When Maine students have access to the same gear they’ll use on the job, they’re more ready to hit the ground running when they enter the workforce. We owe it to our young people to set them up for success, and to our local businesses to make sure the people they’re looking to hire have the training and experience they need. This proposed investment is great news for students and small businesses alike.”

Sen. Daughtry: 

“CTE programs are vital to helping Mainers chart a path to good-paying, successful careers. The programs provide local training for local, in-demand jobs, connecting Maine people with Maine employers. We need to be doing all we can to make sure these programs, and their graduates, can thrive. This proposal is a key part of that. It represents a continued commitment to Maine people and our economy.”