There’s a lot of money to be made on the beaches in Maine’s coastal community college system.
It’s one of the best jobs in the country, but its not without its challenges.
In a place where there are about 1,400 employees, the coastal community school system employs about 40 people and has one of those high turnover rates that can make it difficult for new hires to stay on top of things.
“The turnover rate is one of our biggest challenges,” says Kristy Maitland, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Labor.
“We have to work to make sure we’re getting new people in.”
The system also has to balance recruiting new students with paying for a full-time workforce.
With an enrollment of just under 9,000 students, the system has about $50 million in annual revenue and a surplus of about $3 million.
But that revenue doesn’t come cheap.
The average cost of attendance for the system’s $70 million budget is about $28,000 a year.
And that’s not counting tuition, fees or room and board, which range from $10 to $30 per semester.
The system also pays its full-timers well, with the median starting salary at $75,000, according to data from the Maine State Employees Association.
For its part, the school system says it spends less on staffing than the average community college.
The Maine State Teachers Association says the median salary of a teacher in the coastal system is $57,000.
To make up for some of the cost, the state’s Coastal Schools Program provides an incentive for students to complete their degrees and pursue jobs in a career that pays more than just a teaching credential.
A $1,000 scholarship is available to students who graduate from the coastal school system and earn an associate degree, or the equivalent, by July 2019.
The program also provides financial aid for students who want to transfer to other public and private schools and careers.
In addition to the scholarship, the Coastal Schools program is a major source of federal funding.
But the program is far from the only source of revenue.
Other sources of revenue include state and local taxes, fees and sales taxes, a state sales tax, the Maine Coastline Conservation Fund, the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which covers low-income households and people with disabilities, and federal student loan funds.
The program has provided about $1.7 billion since it started in 1997, with about $700 million of that coming in the last five years, according the Maine Legislature.
While the coastal education system has struggled to attract new students in recent years, the governor’s office says that the program, which has received more than $1 billion in federal and state funding, has increased the state budget by $3.7 million over the last two years.
To make the program sustainable, the department has set aside about $15 million a year for salaries and benefits.
But that’s just the beginning.
The Coastal Schools and Coastal Development Authority are both expected to open up more offices and hire more employees, Maitlanders says.
Meanwhile, the education department is exploring the possibility of expanding the program to include the Coast Guard, according a press release.
The Coastal Schools, a federally funded program that provides free college, career and technical education for low- and moderate-income students, is one example of how the system is trying to attract more students.
But there are other ways the state is investing in the future.
The Maine Department for Education and the Maine Community Colleges and Universities Agency have formed a strategic partnership to help develop the state-wide workforce for the coastal economy.
The two agencies are developing a workforce development plan that includes a focus on creating more apprenticeship opportunities and a focus to support and support the coastal communities.
The agency will be working with the state Department of Education and Maine Community College to develop the workforce development program, Mates says.