December 2010

Maine's community colleges offer affordable customized training and continuing education that give businesses and employees the skills they need to compete. Here's a snapshot of what we've been doing lately and what we can do for you.

NMCC provides emergency medical training to border patrol
NMCC provides EMT training to border patrol agents

Twelve agents with the Houlton Border Patrol's Medical Response Team recently completed a 36-hour recertification course developed for them by NMCC's Continuing Education Division. The agents protect 611 miles of border and are often the first responders on the scene of an emergency. Here, NMCC EMS program coordinator and lead instructor Daryl Boucher (left) leads a lab session in the NMCC Allied Health Simulation Center.

YCCC provides advanced technology training to potential workers

Sixteen Maine residents have completed an advanced technology training course at YCCC that provides them the skills they need to apply for positions as lathe operators at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Saco. YCCC's Community Education and Career Training Department partnered with the company and the MCCS Maine Quality Centers program to offer the 320-hour course which included math, lean concepts, blueprint reading, CNC machining, problem solving, and more.

This training provides students with the skills and knowledge required in today's manufacturing environments. As we continue to seek opportunities to expand and develop our workforce, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is pleased to be a partner in this initiative.
-- Chuck Bates, Manager, Staff Development, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products 

The Maine Quality Centers (MQC) program provides no-cost workforce training to qualified Maine businesses seeking to expand. If you are interested in learning more about how MQC and your local community college can help your firm grow, contact Jim McGowan at 767-5210, x4107 or Tell us what Maine's Community Colleges can do for your business!
Celebrity chef, and former student, shares his kitchen secrets

Former SMCC student and "celebrity chef" Michael Ruoss travelled home to Maine recently from New Orleans to participate in Portland's Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival. He got some help preparing seafood gumbo for the event from SMCC culinary arts students. Ruoss has served as chef de cuisine at Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant, NOLA, and now helps to develop new restaurants. Below, he explains the nuances of his seafood gumbo to a class of SMCC culinary students and culinary instructor Chef Wil Beriau.

Chef Ruoss shares his culinary tips with students.

As wind power expands, so do options for students at NMCC
Students enrolled in NMCC's wind power technology program may someday find themselves working on off-shore wind projects. If they do, they'll have the skills they need should an emergency arise at sea. The college has partnered with Maine Maritime Academy to offer two new courses: one in underwater egress and the other in surface vessel emergency operations.  NMCC wind power students enhance their skills

This is not a required part of our curriculum, but for students who may end up working on offshore wind projects this would be something needed before beginning their work assignment. It makes the students that much more marketable. It is a great addition to their resume.
Wayne Kilcollins, NMCC wind power technology instructor

Photo: NMCC wind power technology student Justin Foran (left) of Milo and instructor Wayne Kilcollins (center) undergo hands-on helicopter underwater egress training at Maine Maritime Academy recently.  Working with the students is MMA instructor John McMillan.

In Brief...

KVCC has hired Vaughan Woodruff to lead its Northeast Solar Heating and Cooling Instructor Training Project that will begin in February 2011. The project is funded by a $3.3 million grant to KVCC from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the nation's solar workforce.

KVCC and SMCC are offering Electronic Health Records systems training as part of a nationwide effort to educate health care and information technology professionals. The programs are being delivered in online and lab formats. For more information:  KVCC, SMCC.

NMCC has received a $225,000 grant from the Efficiency Maine Trust to revise its construction trade programs to include energy studies and weatherization. The grant will allow the college to add new courses and revise existing ones.

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is offering two new business courses (in business finance and taxation) on the SMCC campus. One of the courses, in business finance, will be offered again this spring. The long-term goal: to create a more seamless transfer between SMCC's two-year associate degree in business and UMA's four-year degree.

A dual enrollment agreement between CMCC and Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center in Rhode Island is allowing high school students studying graphic communications to get a head start on their careers. Students earn college credits at CMCC through the agreement, which officials hope will encourage students to enroll in college.

CMCC is offering courses in college writing, intermediate algebra, and introduction to psychology to residents of western Oxford CountyMore information about the courses, which are being taught at Fryeburg Academy during the spring 2011 semester, is available online.

Mainebiz has named Jason Parent, NMCC's director of development and college relations, one of 10 people shaping the future of Maine's economy. Read the article.

YCCC's Dr. John Rainone, Dean of Institutional Advancement, has been named president-elect of the 2011 Board of Directors of the Council for Resource Development in Washington, DC. The group represents over 1,600 community college resource development officers at more than 730 two-year colleges.

The continuing education divisions at all seven of Maine's community colleges offer a wide array of skills training. Here are just a few of the courses, workshops, and programs being offered this year:

Lead Renovation and Repair, CMCC

Weatherization Technician 1, (new session to be annouced), EMCC

Energy Conservation Training, KVCC

Adult First Aid with CPR & AED, NMCC

The Basics of Green Design, SMCC

Community Education and Industry Services, WCCC

Weatherization Technician, YCCC

For more information about the training and workforce development programs offered by Maine's community colleges.

College business and industry contacts
Maine Quality Centers
MCCS business services and resources
Center for Career Development

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