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The Skills Gap in Maine – A disconnect between educators and business people

A new report out today aims to deal with the so-called “skills gap” in Maine’s workforce. The report is Capture d’écran 2014-12-16 à 13.34.36part of a series called “Making Maine Work.”

This one, according to Christopher Quinn, president of Kaplan University in Maine, uncovered a disconnect between educators and business people.

Quinn told reporters that 72 percent of higher education officials believe graduates have the necessary skills, but only 42 percent of employers do.

“Cianbro wants welders who can weld, but they want welders who can solve problems in real time,” Quinn said. “Maine Med wants nurses who can deliver world-class patient care, but, at the same time, be able to write and document what they have delivered.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Report: Maine Employers See Bigger ‘Skills Gap’ Than Educators Do | Maine Public Broadcasting.

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