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Bristol Lions Updated on Lincoln Academy’s Strategic Initiatives 04/04/2017

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Matthew Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs at Lincoln Academy (right) is thanked by Bristol Area Lions Club vice-president Alfred Ajami for his remarks about the school.

On March 20, Matthew (Matt) Goetting, the school’s Associate Head for External Affairs, joined the Bristol Area Lions Club for dinner and to talk about a topic of mutual interest. After a belated celebration of St. Patrick’s Day over corned beef and cabbage plus trimmings at Deb’s Bristol Diner, Goetting shared his views on how Lincoln Academy is now preparing students for careers with an expanded focus on technology.

At the top of the “to do” list is financial sustainability. As a non-traditional public school, LA must rely on fund raising for capital expenditures. The residential program, with 94 students from 20 different countries, is also a driver in the school’s financial health, especially as it expands to accommodate more foreign students interested in Maine’s seacoast experience. Curriculum and campus are all undergoing upgrades to encourage and facilitate a collaborative learning environment.

Plans for staff development are also underway to make greater use of the retiree and alumni(ae) community of professionals as mentors.

The centerpiece of LA’s strategy to train students, and retain them in Maine’s workforce, is the Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, known as the ATEC. It offers trimester and full year courses on both career avenues of the technology landscape.

On the high tech side, emphasis is placed on computer science, digital media and robotics. Traditional technology also retains its status as an important component with offerings in the metal, woodworking and automotive shop trades. Future plans call for related entrepreneurial courses and a push toward marine studies, the latter intended to leverage community connections with Lincoln County’s growing aquaculture industry and proximity to marine research institutes.

Goetting’s pitch proved compelling, especially since the Bristol Area Lion’s Club has an active scholarship program for LA students. His experience in fundraising, admissions, communications and community relations, gained from strategic educational initiatives in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco, are a welcome addition in sustaining LA’s growth.

In closing remarks, Goetting concluded by inviting all interested parties to visit the school and to join him, as stated in the closing sentence of his web site bio-sketch, in “finding ways to participate in the life of this incomparable region and community.”

The next meeting will be held at 6 pm on May 1 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, with dinner again catered by Deb’s Bristol Diner and staff. First District Governor Norm Hart will be joining the Bristol Area Lions Club for an annual visit. The discussion focus will be on getting new members and member retention. To make reservations, please contact John Janell at 207-563-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 207-677-2584.

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