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 firstname.lastname@example.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.