Did You Know?                                                        Sept. 16, 2016


VirtualJobShadow.com now available to all high schools in Aroostook County

    AROOSTOOK COUNTY — High school students and educators in Aroostook County have a new tool to better explore career opportunities thanks to Aroostook Partnership.
   The Partnership has 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.
   “I first became aware of Virtual Job Shadow as the Gear Up grant program had paid for it for those high schools that had received the Gear Up funding,” said Aroostook Partnership President Bob Dorsey. “The teachers were very pleased with the program and introduced it to me.  They also said the students liked it as it was easy to navigate and use.”
   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.
   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.

Teacher Socials Set for St. John Valley and Houlton

Following a successful business/teacher social this past spring in Fort Fairfield, the Aroostook Partnership will be offering a similar program in the St. John Valley set for Sept. 28 at the Inn of Acadia in Madawaska from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of these socials is to introduce educators to area businesses, share information about the roughly 3,000 jobs that become available every year in Aroostook County, the emerging trends, etc. in an effort to secure our future county workforce. The Partnership provides appetizers and drinks for the invited educators and businesses.

Another social is being planned for Houlton in October.

Did you know?


Although there has been a decline in manufacturing in the United States, it is still a major component of the economy and is vitally important to the Aroostook economy. Acme Monaco, a medical wire manufacturer in Presque Isle, is undergoing an expansion and will be adding more than 20 new jobs to its current 72 person workforce. Twin Rivers, a paper manufacturing facility, is still a major employer, nearly 400, in the St. John Valley and Louisiana Pacific, which manufactures laminated strand lumber in the Houlton area, employs more than one hundred. Smith and Wesson in Houlton recently invested more than $25-million in new equipment and the facility also employs more than 100. 


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