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AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been a big talking point for Governor LePage, and recent job placement statistics say it's true: the Maine manufacturing industry has jobs waiting for skilled workers.

Students graduating from precision machining program at Central Maine Community College can expect a 93 percent job placement rate, according to the Dean of Planning and Public Affairs, Roger Phillippon.

Whether it's the promise of employment, the Governor's push to promote technical training, or a combination of both -- more students are enrolling in skilled labor programs at CMCC.

In the precision machining program alone, enrollment has grown from 75 students to 88 students in one year.

"It has been exponential," said Adam Hanna, an instructor at the precision machining lab.

Dean Philippon said the plan is to continue to grow the technicalprograms with a scholarship called Future for ME.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Future for ME will offer 24 high school students academic support, career guidance, and scholarship money to enter the precision machining program.