Short-term training in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has upended the economic landscape. 

To meet the challenge, Maine’s community colleges are adjusting our training to provide more opportunities to offer remote job training programs to address COVID-19 related training and workforce needs.

We have updated our short-term training calendar to reflect the changes prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

What kind of training is available? Who can enroll?

We have identified several training programs to be conducted online, including for jobs as medical assistants, phlebotomists and technicians who could help make supplies like swabs and disinfectants. MQC is coordinating its efforts with the Department of Labor and other workforce agencies for the recruitment and screening of participants in the new online programs.

What’s different?

On March 30, Governor Janet Mills signed an executive order suspending certain restrictions on job training funds managed by the Maine Community College System’s MQC program to make that happen faster. 

“Maine’s Community Colleges have always played a critical role in providing training and skills to strengthen our workforce. With the State battling COVID-19, that work is more important than ever. This Executive Order provides our Community College System with the flexibility it needs to enhance their workforce development efforts and help fill vital jobs, such as those in the health care field, as quickly as possible,” Governor Mills said.

Programs are designed so you can get to work fast after initial training.

Many also offer the chance to earn industry-recognized certifications and begin building academic credit toward a college degree.

We regularly offer short-term training in industries across the state, including:

  • Information technology
  • Construction
  • Health care
  • Management and leadership training
  • Lean training
  • Welding
  • Logging
  • Hospitality
  • Commercial driving
  • Software development
  • Manufacturing

Find out what programs are available near you! Check out this list of short-term training programs or contact Michelle Bladen.

Contact us if you’re an employer looking to set up a job training program for new or current employees! We can help design and deliver those programs at your workplace or ours.

For more information, click here, or contact Workforce Training Executive Director Dan Belyea, or a training coordinator at one of our colleges.