Did You Know?                                                   March 10, 2017


Business/Teacher social set for Presque Isle Wednesday, March 15

    PRESQUE ISLE — The Aroostook Partnership is once again holding a business teacher social to better connect employers with education as workforce needs continue to grow.
    The next event is set for Wednesday, March 15 in Presque Isle at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center starting at 4 p.m.
    Aroostook Partnership President and CEO Bob Dorsey said the idea for the socials came from the “Education to Industry” working group as they look for ways to increase County career awareness.
    “This effort is a continuation of a broader campaign to increase County business and employment awareness to ultimately increase retention efforts to secure our future workforce,” explained Dorsey.
    The most recent social was held in Houlton in October.
    Last spring the first successful teacher/business social was held at Boondocks in Fort Fairfield for educators in Limestone, Fort Fairfield and Easton.
    The Partnership has been compiling data on jobs, turnover rates and economic trends, which will be displayed as well as provided to educators and guidance counselors at these socials. Already confirmed for the Presque Isle social are representatives from TAMC, DFAS, MMG Insurance, Katahdin Trust, Dead River, Huber and others.
   “We want to do two things in this effort – one, provide teachers with employment info that they can share with their students; and two, say thank you to them for their hard work in teaching our future workforce by providing some free appetizers and a drink or two in a relaxed, informal setting,” added Dorsey.
    Again, the event is free and if a teacher from Central Aroostook, Washburn, Presque Isle and Ashland would like to attend, contact Dorsey at rdorsey@aroostookpartnership.org.
    Dorsey said the goal of the “Education to Industry” work is to grow the 20- to 44-year-old workforce in Aroostook County and provide a more skilled workforce for emerging jobs as well as those open due to retirements. 
    In addition to Houlton and Fort Fairfield, a business teacher social was held in Madawaska.
           VJS still available to
Aroostook educators
Career opportunities video project underway

    AROOSTOOK COUNTY — The Aroostook Partnership is taking to the skies to help educate Aroostook County youngsters and others about career opportunities in the region.

    The “Aerial Aroostook” video project is underway. “Aerial Aroostook” will provide a bird’s eye view of the major employers in the region. By utilizing drone footage, aerial photography, informational graphics, narration and music, short video clips will be produced which detail jobs, skills needed, anticipated demand and a little information about what those jobs entail.

    The first video to be produced will focus on healthcare in Aroostook, with anticipated job openings in the hundreds over the next few years.


    AROOSTOOK COUNTY — Aroostook County educators still have access to Virtual Job Shadow thanks to the Aroostook Partnership.
    The Partnership purchased access to VirtualJobShadow.com. It is an online career planning and career exploration resource that provides all the tools and resources for charting a career path by choice, not chance.
    Dorsey and the Aroostook Partnership Board of Directors decided it was too valuable a resource for only a few schools in the region to have access, so funding was dedicated to make it available to all schools in Aroostook.
    Dorsey said the online program is comprehensive, students can see videos of different professions and learn about the education and skills needed, job environment, typical salaries and more. He said students can access the program from any computer or tablet anytime they wish.
    Aroostook educators can get access for their students by contacting customerservice@virtualjobshadow.com to get added to the roster and obtain a password. Also, further information should be available in high school guidance offices or, if your district is part of Gear Up, from the Gear Up Coordinator.
    The Aroostook Partnership is a public-private partnership, representing nearly 100 businesses, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Development Commission, dedicated to aggressive and effective results-oriented economic development actions that leverage the financial commitments and talents of the private sector in close partnership with the public sector.

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