Mainebiz: UMaine System’s $150M graduate center plan addresses need for high-skill workers

From Mainebiz, November 14, 2016.

By James McCarthy

Eliot Cutler, CEO of the Maine Center for Professional Graduate Studies, says the ambitious $150 million proposal to create a new graduate center for business, law and public policy is based on two related premises.

Many Maine employers can’t find workers with the high-level skills that are needed to compete in an increasingly global economy, he says, and the University of Maine System’s graduate programs are uniquely positioned to help solve that problem.

“The biggest challenge we face in this state is not taxes, it’s not energy costs, it’s that we don’t have the workforce we need to be competitive in the 21st Century,” says Cutler, who was selected to lead the UMaine system’s initiative in April 2015. “If you look at the states that are doing well, it’s all because their workforce has the skills that are needed in today’s world. That’s why we’ve put that [need] front and center of the business plan.” Continue reading