PORTLAND – Sen. Peggy Rotundo was recognized for her leadership and continued support for adult education programs in the state on Oct. 25 at the Maine Adult Education annual conference at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Elizabeth Mitchell was also recognized.

Rotundo lives in Lewiston and serves District 16. She chairs the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and also serves on the State and Local Government Committee.

She and Mitchell were responsible for the success of the college transition initiative, which passed during the last session, as well for for increased subsidy funding for programs throughout the state during the past year.

Efforts such as those provided by Rotundo and Mitchell help to insure that basic skills training and college preparatory opportunities are available locally.

Since the National Institute for Literacy reports that American businesses are estimated to lose more than $60 billion in productivity each year due to employees’ lack of basic skills, local adult education programs are vital to help Lewiston and Maine compete in a global economy. The funds will help provide a skilled workforce in the region.

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