When I learned that a full-time position as a research assistant was available at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor after my graduation from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, I jumped at the chance to apply. I had been offered a job in Idaho, but I wanted to stay in Maine to be near my family in Aroostook County.
I am fortunate to have found a job here, but many Maine graduates in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields have to go out of state. That’s why it’s so important to vote “Yes” on Question 1, a bond referendum on the June 13 ballot to support job growth in Maine through investment in research, development and commercialization.
Maine’s educational institutions are generating well-trained students, but job creation isn’t keeping pace. The development of a vibrant science and technology sector is critical to creating long-term growth and prosperity for Maine, as well as opportunities for Maine’s STEM graduates.
Maine already has the nation’s highest median age, which can be attributed as a factor in Maine’s lagging economy. The state’s advancement depends on attracting and retaining its millennial workforce. By casting your ballot for Maine jobs on June 13, you can improve Maine’s retention of talented young STEM graduates.