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QUESTION 2 ON NOVEMBER BALLOT TO BENEFIT WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Posted Oct. 18, 2012, at 8:16 a.m.

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Name: Tina Erskine

Email Address: terskine@wccc.me.edu

Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted: October 17, 2012

Calais_ Washington County voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th to decide a number of issues, but an important one facing the county and the Washington County Community College is Question 2.

Question 2 includes $3 million to expand the capacity of Maine’s seven community colleges to serve more Maine people. The funds will enable the colleges to expand degree programs that are in high demand by both students and employers. And some of those funds will come back to WCCC.

If approved by voters, the bond will enable the Maine Community College System to invest $100,000 at Washington County Community College in Calais. The funds will be used to renovate and repurpose a number of classrooms in Howland Hall and to create a new learning space for the college’s computer aided drafting courses and renovate the Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program area.

“These facilities are over 35 years old and are in great need of upgrade in order to allow an appropriate learning environment for our students,” said President Emeritus and interim President Bill Cassidy.

Question 2 reads as follows: Do you favor an $11,300,000 bond issue to provide funds for capital to build a diagnostic facility for the University of Maine System; for capital improvements and equipment, including machine tool technology, for the Maine Community College System; and for capital improvements and equipment at the Maine Maritime Academy?

For more information about what the bond will mean for each of Maine’s community colleges, go to www.mccs.me.edu/novbond.html.

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