On January 3rd Maine Department of Education’s Commissioner Pender Makin visited the Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC) in Dexter for a tour of the facility and to have a round-table discussion with students, educators, and legislators about successes and concerns from the Dover-Foxcroft/Dexter region.
During her visit, the Commissioner got the opportunity meet and talk with educators and administrators as she toured TCTC, and to talk with students as she visited classrooms to learn about the innovative things happening at their school. She also enjoyed a delicious lunch with students and educators prepared by culinary arts students and instructors from TCTC.
Following the tour, the Commissioner got the opportunity to hear from a student panel comprised of students from area high schools who grew up in the region, and heard from educators and legislators from the surrounding area to discuss education issues and concerns from their perspective. During her visit she was also able to celebrate and experience the strong bonds, resilience, and creative thinking of the leaders in the area to keep the community and the education system thriving through economic and regional struggles.
Below are a few pictures from the visit. There is also an in-depth news article written by Sheila Grant of the Eastern Gazette Newspaper and can be found in the January 10-16, 2020 issue.