Alfond Grant opens door to free training

Thanks to a generous grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation,  free short-term workforce training programs are underway for Maine community college students preparing for high-demand work as welders, medical assistants, IT professionals and more.

In 2019-20, the first year of the three-year $3.6 million grant, there are free welding courses at SMCC and KVCC, a medical assisting program at EMCC and a computer support program at CMCC.

In 2020-21, training programs are planned for phlebotomy, industrial electrical repair, facility maintenance technician, software developers, and heavy equipment operators. Information about when and where they will be offered will be available in Spring 2020 on this page. Check back!

Read more about these programs in this Bangor Daily News article.

The length of classes depends on the program, such as 10 weeks for computer support or a year for medical assisting. Graduates are prepared to earn an industry recognized credential, such as CMA certification for medical assisting and CompTIA and Microsoft certifications for computer support.

For more information about Alfond-funded free short-term training, please contact Michelle Bladen.

The Alfond grant supports and complements our existing workforce training programs. For information about those and other programs at MCCS, search by location or program here.