WATERVILLE — Economist and workforce expert Anthony P. Carnevale will speak at Thomas College about the critically important role of higher education in strengthening the Maine workforce.

Thomas College will host a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Spann Student Commons on the Thomas College campus. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. There is no charge, but registration is required. To register, visit www.thomas.edu/carnevale or call 859-1201.

This event marks the public launch of a research initiative being led by the Thomas College board, president, and a group of local business leaders, with the support of the Harold Alfond Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to determine how Thomas can create training and educational programs to better meet the needs of entrepreneurs, small and family-led businesses in central Maine, and provide leadership, personal and professional development to create a world-class workforce in the region, according to a news release from Nancy Marshall Communications.

“In a knowledge-based, technology-driven economy, the greatest investment we can make in securing a prosperous future for our region and state is to help bring every person to reach their greatest potential. Dr. Carnevale is one of the nation’s most outspoken advocates for changing the educational system to produce more graduates that meet the needs of today’s employers. We are honored that he will be sharing his expertise and insight with our business and community leaders,” Thomas College President Laurie Lachance said in the release.

Carnevale is an authority on education, training and employment. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton as chairman of the National Commission on Employment Policy and appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colby College and his Ph.D. in public finance economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Carnevale has served as research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce since it was created in 2008.

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