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How MQC Works

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How MQC Works
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1. Initial Meeting. Our Business & Industry training staff, located at each of our seven community colleges, will meet with you to discuss your expansion schedule and your workforce needs, including job-specific education and skill requirements. The initial meeting may be scheduled as a result of a submitted application or to discuss completing an application.

2. Training Plan & Funding. We’ll develop an education and training program and a training schedule to meet your company's expansion plans. The MQC program director then reviews the plan to determine eligibility for funding.

For companies on a tight time table, MQC projects can be underway within weeks of the initial meeting.

3. Recruitment, Screening and Training. Once funding is approved, we’ll recruit, screen, and assess individuals to participate in the training. Training can be delivered pre- or post-hire. Company involvement in this phase of the project is strongly encouraged. We’ll deliver the training when you need it: in the day, evening, and/or weekends; and where you need it: at your work site, at a community college, or at another convenient location.

4. Workforce Hiring. Trainees who successfully complete the training program are issued a college certificate of completion that lists the specific skills they have acquired. For pre-hire training projects, placement of trainees is not guaranteed. Final determination of hire rests with the employer.

5. Project Assessment. Each training session ends with an evaluation. We guarantee our training, so if you feel we haven’t delivered, we’ll retrain at no cost.

Funding criteria:

  • Business must have a physical location in Maine
  • Trainees must be Maine residents
  • Trainees must be full-time employees working at facilities in Maine
  • Positions must be at a skill level that would take 3 months or more to learn
  • Wages and benefits must be competitive
  • Training must be cost effective
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