Fall 2009

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

KVCC leads the way in training solar energy workers
KVCC  has been awarded a $2.8 million, 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a multi-state training and certification program for solar energy technicians. The grant will enable KVCC to train instructors and technicians at its campus in Fairfield and -- through a mobile training laboratory -- at community colleges and high school technical centers across Northern New England. For more info...

This grant not only highlights the state's excellent community college system and our leadership in clean energy, but will also create good paying jobs that can't be exported.
-- U.S. Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree in announcing the grant

Louisiana-Pacific employees stay on the job while earning college degree
A dozen Louisiana-Pacific (LP) employees are working towards a certificate in industrial mechanical maintenance through a program developed by NMCC's Continuing Education division and funded by the State of Maine Department of Labor. The project has allowed the Houlton mill workers to take courses on-site at the LP facility, at the Houlton Higher Education Center, and on-line.

From our perspective this has been a huge success. It has also allowed employees the opportunity to earn their degree while maintaining their ties to the company and completing their course work locally. Moreover, classes are designed around elements here at LP that will help advance our company.
-- Ryan Bushey, LP human resource manager
LP employees earn college credits at NMCC
Photo: LP employee Tony McCormick (left) practices welding techniques with a co-worker in a mobile welding lab set up on-site at LP in New Limerick.

BIW turns to community colleges for training
Faced with an aging workforce and the need for more trained supervisors, BIW has teamed with CMCC's Corporate and Community Services division to create a year-long, entry-level supervisory training program. Six BIW employees are enrolled in this year's pilot program which consists of a combination of on-the-job training at BIW and credit courses at CMCC. Over the past several years SMCC has also collaborated with BIW to provide credit courses on-site to employees. Currently SMCC is offering economics courses to 42 apprentices at BIW.

Maine's community colleges have shown the willingness, commitment, and energy to team with us to improve the alignment between the business and academic worlds. I'm confident our partnership will only grow in the days to come.
-- Pat Conley, director of personnel administration &  employee development
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In Brief...

SMCC's Maine Advanced Technology Center (MATC) is offering a new industry certification for workers interested in careers in creating infrastructure and structural components, including boat hulls, bridge beams, and wind blades. The Certified Composites Technician -- Vacuum Infusion Process (CCT-VIP) credential is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. The project is being funded by SMCC's Community Based Job Training Grant, using federal grant money to enhance the boatbuilding, marine trades, and composites industries throughout Maine. For more info...

Twenty-two students have completed a 12-week CMCC training program developed in collaboration with the Manufacturers Association of Maine to prepare unemployed or underemployed workers for positions in the metalworking trades. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Fourteen Hodgdon Yachts' employees are currently enrolled in Supervising on the Shop Floor, a course offered at SMCC's Maine Advanced Technology Center (MATC). Additional Hodgdon Yacht employees have completed composites classes at the center. The company builds high-end composite yachts and other projects using advanced carbon composite materials.

Since it's creation, the Maine Quality Centers grant program has funded customized employee training for 221 growing Maine companies, representing an estimated $2 billion in private investment in Maine.

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

Supervising People: The Essential Skills for Leaders, CMCC
Emergency Medical Services Refresher, EMCC
All CED and professional development offerings, KVCC
Commercial Driving Academy, NMCC
Intro to AutoCAD 2010 and Intro to Revit 2010, SMCC
All Community Education & Industry Services, WCCC

Leadership and Management Training, 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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