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New deal between Southern Maine Community College and Bath Iron Works

PORTLAND (WGME) - Southern Maine Community College and Bath Iron Works are teaming up to get the ship builder more employees.

The two organizations signed an agreement last week, where students will get training, specifically in the areas of manufacturing technician, and welding.

 

The president of the Maine Community College system, Derek Langhauser, said it's important to keep young Mainers in state and contribute to the economy. He stated "If you look at the demographic data, you see that the state is getting older, so we're going to have a lot of people who are retiring out of the workforce. And we don't have as many young people coming in. So it's absolutely essential that we provide training and education opportunities to as many young people as we can here."

 

The president said it's also key to get people who are looking for new career paths into the program if they're interested.

 

He said the manufacturing technician program will start next month, and the welding will begin next spring.