ACAP welcomes Daggett in workforce development

9 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE — The Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP) has recently announced the appointment of Christy Daggett as senior manager for ACAP Workforce Development, previously known as Employment & Training.

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“We are delighted to have Christy join our team,” shared Connie Sandstrom, executive director. “We knew we had to find someone special to replace Torry Eaton, our long-term senior manager, who is relocating after 28 years of service.

“We think Christy is just the person to lead our workforce development team into the future,” Sandstrom said.

In addition to Daggett’s appointment, ACAP is announcing the department’s name change.

“Workforce development is the name commonly used by similar programs across the state and nation,” explained Sandstrom. “It better reflects the scope of services we provide in this department and from a collaborative standpoint, it made sense for us to make this change.”

Daggett was most recently a policy analyst for Maine Center for Economic Policy in Augusta, where she worked on issues of workforce development, policy strategies to help first-generation college students and adult learners finish college, and higher education affordability.

She serves on the advisory council of the Maine Development Foundation’s Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative, which works with employers to help workers upgrade their skills and education, as well as on the Veterans’ Advisory Council for Volunteers of America Northern New England.  In addition, she has been appointed to the Maine Citizens’ Trade Policy Commission by the Maine Senate President. The commission serves as a mechanism to hear from Maine citizens and make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine jobs and businesses from potential negative impacts of trade agreements.  

She also has served as the president of the board of the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.   Most recently, she was invited to provide expert testimony before the National Commission on Hunger on strategies to reduce rural hunger and poverty.

“As an Aroostook County native, it’s good to be home after many years away,” said Daggett. “I jumped at the opportunity to join ACAP, because in my time in Augusta, my experience growing up in the County informed so much of my work and advocacy before the Maine Legislature and with our federal delegation — I know that rural Mainers are famously hard-working, and that both K-12 education and college education in the County are excellent.  

“I’m honored to work in workforce development, because it is a way to capitalize on Aroostook County’s most valuable asset — its people — and match them with the high-demand, high-skill jobs that are out there,” she continued.

Daggett has a master’s of public policy and management from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. She obtained her bachelor of arts in both history and international affairs from the University of Maine.

She began her duties at ACAP on Sept. 14.