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Maine ACRN

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Maine Career Resource Network is to support the Career Information System. A secondary emphasis is to provide classroom-based career development curricula.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries in Maine include agriculture (especially potatoes), shipbuilding, fishing, forestry, machinery, electronics and tourism. Manufacturing has taken a downturn.

Emerging “new economy? industries include biotechnology, high-tech manufacturing and telecommunications-based businesses. Government, health care and social services and retail trade are the largest sectors for employment.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.5%, as compared to 4.7% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Maine established the Maine Career Development Association, writing new by-laws that established the organization as a division of the Maine Counseling Association, but with separate identity. The Maine CRN provided a grant of $1,500 as a sponsor and organizer of a conference held on June 20, 2005.

• Maine has expanded access to a Web-based version of CIDS. Approximately 60 percent of the school sites have switched to that option, with an expected 100 percent switch to Web-based CIDS delivery in 2005-2006.

• Maine contracts with Bridges Transitions to make the CHOICES career development software available to a multitude of school and non-school agencies statewide.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Maine has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Counselor Education Class
• Career Development Portfolios-- LifeWork Portfolio
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Maine Adult Education Association
• Maine Career Development Association
• Maine Counseling Association
• Maine Learning Results Career Prep Advisory Team
• Maine School Counselors Association
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• The Real Game
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools35
Middle Schools 60
High Schools 140
Community Colleges 7
4-Year Colleges/Universities 15
Other 10

Primary Resources

Maine has published the following resources:
• Career Development Portfolios
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

Maine reported additional funding from the following sources:
• State of Maine
• Other (not specified)
Significant Program Partnerships

• State Department of Education, Learning Results/Career Preparation Task Force
• State Community College Network
• One-Stop Career Network
• Maine Career Development Association

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

State Administrative Location

Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services

Regional Contact Information