MCCS: Your Workforce Partner
January 2013
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.
For Portland Pirates, something's cooking at SMCC
SMCC student Kimberly Warger reviews a recipe with Portland Pirate Brendan Shinnimin.

Maine's community colleges provide all types of businesses with customized education and training programs for their employees. But it's not every day that a group of professional hockey players arrive on campus for the serious business of improving their cooking skills. At the request of the Portland Pirates management, SMCC's business and industry department created a four-hour cooking class to improve the athletes' nutrition and conditioning, and, hopefully, extend their careers. Read more about the class and the dishes they prepared in the Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald.
KVCC, paper industry partner to tackle looming worker shortage

Within 10 years, roughly 40 percent of Maine's 7,300 paper workers will be over 60 years old. To make sure the industry has enough skilled workers as those individuals reach retirement age, three of Maine's paper companies have partnered with KVCC to offer free tuition and textbooks to 30 students enrolled in an introductory on-line course in pulp and paper-making technology. The course forms the foundation for the nine courses offered in the college's pulp and paper degree program, the only one of its kind in the Northeast. The companies involved in the project include the UPM mill in Madison, SAPPI Fine Paper in Skowhegan, and Verso Paper's Androscoggin Mill in Jay. For more info...
How does your business build a dedicated workforce?

"From inception to execution CMCC partnered with us to produce a team-building event that was not only high energy and fun, but accomplished specific learning objectives. We were very impressed with the thorough planning, thought, flexibility and level of detail that we experienced. Our expectations were pleasantly exceeded." 


John Manganello, Employee Development Specialist III, General Dymanics - BIW,

on the customized team building module created for the company by

CMCC's Corporate and Community Services division

New MQC projects help Maine businesses expand

Maine's community colleges provide no cost, customized training to qualified Maine businesses through its Maine Quality Centers (MQC) program. With its flexible training schedules and ability to create unique solutions, MQC has recently partnered with six Maine businesses to meet their training needs and help them expand. 
  • NMCC is providing 200 hours of training for six propane and natural gas technicians with K-PEL Industrial Services Inc. in Presque Isle.
  • SMCC has been working with M´┐Żlnlycke Health Care to design technical and soft skills training for approximately 57 new employees at its new Brunswick Landing facility.
  • SMCC is also providing 18 hours of on-site, I-Car Professional Certification classes and soft skills training for up to 18 employees at Moody's Collision Center.
  • At YCCC, 17 Maine residents recently began a 320-hour training program to address the workforce needs of three York County manufacturers: Corning Inc., Maine Manufacturing, and Wasco Products. YCCC has worked with these and other manufacturers to strengthen the skill levels of their applicant pools. The companies will interview successful completers of the training in the hopes of meeting their expected workforce needs.

For more info on how Maine Quality Centers and your local Community College may be able help your firm grow, contact Jim McGowan  at (207) 699-4902. 

A new teaching tool arrives at NMCC 

A wind turbine that made its way to NMCC from Germany (by way of Denmark and Nova Scotia) is one of the largest teaching tools ever acquired by the college and will provide significant learning opportunities for students in its wind power technology program. "Our wind power program is already a leader in New England, and this equipment will further advance the program and, most importantly, the knowledge and skills of our students," said NMCC President Tim Crowley.

Photo: NMCC wind power technology students (l to r) Shawn Bryant, Bryce Keenan, and Daniel Fuller look over the hub assembly for the Vesta V25 turbine. 
EMCC and area hospitals provide advanced training to CNAs

Fourteen certified nursing assistants recently upgraded their skills through EMCC's new Experienced CNA program. Developed in partnership with Mount Desert Island hospital, the program is one of the first in the country and was funded by a Federal Health Care Sector Grant. The need for CNAs with higher skill levels is particularly acute in rural areas, and a number of rural Maine hospitals contributed staff, facilities, and students to help launch the program. Participants received over 100 hours of training and class time over a 12-month period.
Doctor by day, precision machining student by night

Mike Parker, a urologist at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, has been taking precision machine technology classes at CMCC in Auburn for two years.  His goal: to build a 2-foot tall steam train, constructed from parts he will machine himself.
"I've had a practice for 30 years and performed thousands of operations," Parker told the Lewiston Sun Journal. "But I wanted to build something - sort of my life's work....People try and learn machining over the Internet, but they end up doing things and asking questions that are pretty basic. These are things you learn the first day in class. So I don't know why more people don't do that and take classes at the local community college."
Read more about Mike Parker's train journey here

Richard Hopper
World Bank Educator named President of KVCC

Richard Hopper, a higher education specialist with the World Bank, has been named KVCC's next president. A Fulbright scholar and resident of Westport Island, Dr. Hopper received a Doctor of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He will assume his new post on April 22, 2013, succeeding Barbara Woodlee who will retire in April after 30 years as KVCC's president. Dr. Woodlee will continue to serve as part-time Academic Officer for the system.

KVCC is one of three Maine colleges and universities working with Cianbro to offer its employees a seamless pathway to a college degree. KVCC, St. Joseph's College of Maine, and the University of Maine Augusta (UMA) are now offering college credits to workers participating in select Cianbro training programs. The new initiative increases access to higher education for hundreds of Cianbro employees and provides them with a pathway to an associate, baccalaureate, or master's degree.

SMCC and the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
are offering the opportunity to earn three certifications in sustainable construction practices during the coming months. The certifications include: Green Construction Management, Green Operations and Maintenance, and Green Electrical. More information about the courses and certifications are available here.

SMCC is offering a slate of early-morning classes with the start of the second semester to provide more options for working professionals and ease early morning traffic to the South Portland campus. Starting in January, ten classes will begin at either 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m.

Several York County businesses were honored by the Center for Entrepreneurship at YCCC at its 8th annual Entrepreneur Awards celebration in November. When Pigs Fly Bakery won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Rookie of the Year Award went to Brownie's Barkery; the Small Business of the Year Award went to Congdon's Doughnuts; and Arundel Machine Tool Co. was honored as Employer of the Year. The Entrepreneur Program is an initiative of YCCC's Continuing Education and Career Training department.

Maine's community colleges were highlighted in a recent WABI-TV report on efforts to prepare individuals for manufacturing jobs in the state. Watch the video:
A graduate of WCCC's Adventure Recreation and Tourism program
has donated a 26-foot Ericson sloop to the college for use in its sailing course which leads to individual certification through the U.S. Sailing Small Boat program. After learning how to sail on dinghies, students move up to the larger boats, including the Ericson, and study topics that include nautical navigation theory. The course culminates in a three-day sailing expedition on Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays to test a student's navigation and boat handling skills. The Ericson is, in the words of one WCCC student, "an invaluable resource."
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