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Statement on Passage of the University Workforce Bond

Statement of James H. Page
Chancellor of the University of Maine System

November 7, 2018

“On behalf of our students and our Maine employer partners I wish to thank the voters for their support of the University Workforce Bond. We look forward to putting these investments to work to produce more of the career-ready graduates Maine employers need to grow their businesses and our economy.

“Combined with program expansions and innovations, the investments approved today will increase four-year degree attainment, educating the nurses, engineers, teachers, and other professionals Maine needs.  We will be able to serve and support more career-focused adults in communities across the state and attract more young students to our public university campuses where we provide an affordable, high-quality education that leads directly to opportunities in the Maine workforce.

“The Board of Trustees, the campus presidents, and I wish to thank the  University community, our students, alumni, and many stakeholders across the state for their hard work, support, and advocacy.  The University Workforce Bond is an historic investment in public higher education and an endorsement of the work we do to serve Maine students and communities.  We are eager to continue this important work in partnership with Maine’s next Governor and Legislature.