Maine Voices: State’s community colleges are innovating to help meet workforce needs

Cheryl RauNews, Portland Press Herald

BY JEAN GINN MARVIN, SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD As summer and Maine’s hospitality, construction and other key industries have kicked into high gear, no one needs to be told that our state faces a serious workforce shortage. The evidence is all around us in help‑wanted listings, offers of signing bonuses and abbreviated business hours. The good news is that unemployment in … Read More

UMaine gets grant to improve food safety

Sarah MorrisseauNews, Portland Press Herald

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ORONO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding the University of Maine a $4.9 million grant to improve food processing technologies for products like grains, seeds and nuts. The school is among 36 universities in the country to receive a total of $19 million in grants from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The … Read More

Large Canadian insurer picks Maine to expand, start hiring

Sarah MorrisseauNews, Portland Press Herald

BY WHIT RICHARDSON Attracted by the Portland area’s reputation as an insurance industry hub, a financial services firm that is also one of Canada’s largest insurance companies plans to open a satellite office in Scarborough that could eventually house 200 employees. The Sun Life Financial office will become a primary part of the Toronto-based company’s disability insurance business, said Dan … Read More