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Maine Colleges, Universities Partner with Defense Industry to Recruit and Train Thousands of Workers

Maine military contractors, community colleges and universities, state agencies and the U.S. Navy announced Friday that they are launching a $6.5 million effort to attract and train thousands of workers to begin addressing “unprecedented workforce needs” in the state’s defense industry. The group, called the Maine Defense Industry Alliance, will establish a workforce development system and focus on recruiting, training and upgrading workers’ skills. Jobs include precision machining, welding, marine design, manufacturing and advanced manufacturing, and registered apprenticeships.

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