Commissioner of Education Pender Makin visited MSAD #46 and the Penquis Region on Friday, January 3rd, to listen and learn about the successes and challenges facing students, teachers, and schools. On a tour of Tri-County Technical Center led by Sarah Hanson, Commissioner Makin learned about the various programs and opportunities afforded to learners across the Penquis Region, including metals manufacturing, computer-aided design/drafting, sustainable energies, commercial truck driving, and more. Commissioner Makin, along with other Maine Department of Education representatives, regional administrators (including Superintendent Kevin Jordan, Dexter Regional High School Principal Steve Bell, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Matt Drewette-Card, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative Director Thelma Regan, and more) were also treated to a meal prepared by the TCTC Culinary Arts class before heading to Dover-Foxcroft for a series of round-table discussions with local students, teachers, social workers, administrators, and local representatives about the unique needs and obstacles facing our school systems today.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, listen, and learn with us, Commissioner Makin!