ELLSWORTH — Former state senator and Ellsworth resident Brian Langley has been tapped to lead a nonprofit organization working to prepare high school students for college and offering shortened paths toward a college degree.
Bridge Academy Maine, of which Langley will soon take the reins, offers dual-enrollment programs and college credit classes to students enrolled in career and technical education programs.
“Our state is in a workforce crisis,” said Langley in a press release. “We need to show our daughters and sons that there is a good future for them, right here in Maine. The Bridge Academy provides a pathway for students to attain real world credentials in less time and with much less student debt. A win-win for all parties.”
The statewide program has more than 150 enrollees in seven career and technical education programs, including at Hancock County Technical Center. It offers options for students to complete an accelerated associate or bachelor’s degree (one year for an associate and three years for a bachelor’s). Students also can earn credits through the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System.
Langley has long been an advocate for career and technical education programs. He taught at Hancock County Technical Center for many years and has served on the board and as executive director of Bridge Year Education Services, the parent organization for Bridge Academy, since its inception in 2011.
“Senator Langley is the right person to lead Bridge Academy Maine,” said Lisa Larson, president of Eastern Maine Community College, in a statement. “His background in education, his service in the legislature and his experience as a small business owner are the right combination of experiences to lead this organization. In addition, his energy, drive and creativity are already adding strength to our program.”