On Friday, February 8th, U.S. Senator Angus King joined staff and students at Biddeford High School to honor the 50th anniversary of the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (BRCOT). The Center, opened in 1969, has provided Biddeford-area students the opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge to find a career and enter the workforce.
Following the BRCOT 50th anniversary celebration, Senator King met with LearningWorks staff and students to hear about LearningWorks’ programs and their positive impact on Biddeford children and families. LearningWorks provides free community-based education programs for children, adults, and families throughout southern Maine.
Senator King has made workforce development and career and technical education top legislative priorities in Washington. He has discussed ways to bolster Maine’s economy through technical training at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) in Portland, and at the Cianbro Institute in Pittsfield. He also devoted the April 2018 edition of his podcast, Inside Maine, to workforce development, speaking with Peter Vigue, chairman of the Cianbro Companies about the Cianbro Institute, and Ed Cervone, Executive Director of Educate Maine, about his work to provide technical education opportunities and encourage more people from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue careers in IT.
The Biddeford Regional Center of Technology is one of twenty-seven Career and Technical schools in Maine and serves students from Biddeford, Dayton, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and surrounding communities. Students can focus on sixteen different Career Pathways, including auto technology, legal studies, early childhood education, machine tool technology, and welding and metal fabrication.