MCCS: Your Workforce Partner
 March 2014
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.
Southworth employees learn to
assemble a pneumatic circuit and
prepare to test their designs.

SMCC provides customized training to Southworth Products employees

Southworth Products makes equipment to help workers move heavy materials. Because the company's mission is improved worker productivity, it's no surprise that it is committed to providing ongoing training opportunities for its own workers. Southworth recently received a grant from the MCCS Maine Quality Centers (MQC) that enabled it to work with SMCC to deliver technical training to several dozen employees, at no cost to the company. The training focused on fluid power and electrical systems and was held at the company's Falmouth facility and SMCC's Fluid Power Lab.

The MQC program has also recently funded incumbent worker training for Stonewall Kitchen and a consortium of healthcare providers in Lewiston-Auburn. To learn more about how the MQC can help provide training to your employees, contact Amy Look.
Jackson Lab technicians strengthen teamwork skills
with help from EMCC

Fifteen Jackson Lab technicians recently completed teamwork training through EMCC's Center for Business and Industry. Designed to teach participants how to work together in a fast-paced and changing technical environment, the course was offered onsite at the company's Bar Harbor location. Topics included communication techniques, conflict management, and the impact of generational and cultural differences in the workplace.

The Jackson Laboratory continues to be a leader in biomedical research. EMCC, together with the MCCS Maine Quality Centers program, has been instrumental in helping us maintain that legacy, having trained over 500 animal care technicians in our lab animal health science class and 350 employees in our Teamwork in a Technical Environment class over the last 14 years.

Donna Bruno, Employee Training and Event Specialist
The Jackson Laboratory
Student's love of dog sledding leads to business ownership

Alex Therriault is a 21-year-old CMCC student and entrepreneur. A lifelong interest in dog sledding led him to start Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience, which offers dog sled rides and tour packages. With 25 dogs and a growing business, he turned to CMCC to help him gain important skills to ensure that his business succeeds.

I enrolled in CMCC because I was looking for a quality education close to home. I started the company before I enrolled in CMCC's business program, so I had more of a "learn as I go" mentality. I am currently taking classes to help me with the ins and outs of owning your own business, and they are really helping me promote my business in a professional manner and get ahead for next winter.

Alex Therriault
Owner and Guide, Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience, Oxford, ME
YCCC helps open the door for manufacturing trainees
Fourteen trainees recently completed a 320-hour manufacturing program at The Center for Advanced Technology for Industry at YCCC. A partnership between YCCC, the Maine Quality Centers, and three local manufacturers (Corning Inc., Maine Manufacturing, and Wasco Products), the training is designed to provide individuals interested in working in manufacturing with the skills necessary for success in the field. The training included math, blueprint reading, safety practices, team building, and other essential skills.

Each of the partnering companies agreed to interview the graduates for positions within their companies upon completion of the training, and Bank of America has provided a $5,000 grant to ensure that the program continues.  
YCCC trainees

YCCC trainees celebrated the completion of their training with the

educators and manufacturers who helped them reach their goal.

NMCC students put to the test

Seniors in NMCC's plumbing and
Cecil Hafford
Cecil Hafford, Inspector for the Maine Fuel Board, carefully checks a boiler as part of a competition to test students' skills.
heating program recently participated in a competition to test their heating system installation skills.

Their work was judged by Mark Johnson, owner of Johnson's Plumbing and Heating inWoodland and an NMCC graduate, and Cecil Hafford, inspector for the Maine Fuel Board.

"The State of Maine has certain codes that must be followed in regards to plumbing and heating systems. Students must be aware of these codes and ensure they follow state guidelines," said Hafford. Jonathan Shaw and Aaron Legg took first place in the competition.

SMCC prepares firefighters for leadership roles

Nineteen Maine firefighters recently completed training at SMCC's Maine Fire Service Institute Officer Training Academy, preparing them for leadership roles at fire departments across the state. "We teach firefighters how to put out fires. That's the easy part," said Maine Fire Service Institute Director Bill Guindon. "For this, we're putting them through the wringer on leadership, team-building, media relations, conflict resolution and the politics of the job. This is about preparing future leaders."
EMCC's GIS course offers municipal workers on-the-job skills
EMCC recently provided customized Graphic Information System (GIS) training for workers from the City of Ellsworth. The training was offered by EMCC's Center for Business and Industry at the college's Bangor campus. Instructors used the city's actual GIS data so employees could train with the information they use in the field. City workers in Bangor have received similar training, and the course can be customized to meet the needs of any municipality in eastern Maine. 
NMCC precision machining students benefit from donation

NMCC precision machiningDevon Armstrong (left), a student in
NMCC's precision metals manufacturing (PMM) program, works with a coordinate measuring machine with the help of new computer hardware and software donated to the college by Mitutoyo America Corporation.

"There are at least two companies using systems like this one in the state. A student could go to those employers and step right into their environment. The software is virtually identical," says Dean Duplessis, PMM instructor at NMCC. The equipment went on line this fall and expands on the capability of existing program equipment.

Once again, the graduates of MCCS nursing programs have exceeded both the state and national rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). EMCC's 2013 graduates obtained the highest scores in the state with a 96% pass rate. Of the 24 EMCC nursing students who sat for the test, 23 of them are now employed as Registered Nurses, 22 of them in Maine.

The work of two CMCC nursing instructors has recently been published. Peter Miller has contributed a chapter on "Therapeutic Use of Heat and Cold" to the 5th edition of Nursing Interventions and Clinical Skills. Sharon Kinney's work is included in Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing, a publication of the National League for Nursing.

CMCC and Husson University have recently signed a transfer agreement to make it easier for students to pursue a bachelor's degree. "Students who successfully complete approved coursework at CMCC in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice, hospitality and tourism management, and sports management can now seamlessly transfer their credits to Husson University," said Marie Hanson, Husson's College of Business Dean.

SMCC held its second annual Launch or Grow Small Business Success Conference on Jan. 31. Speakers and participants included entrepreneurs, financial advisors, business coaches, and marketing experts. "SMCC educates many of Maine's most creative and dedicated small business owners and entrepreneurs," notes SMCC President Ron Cantor. "This conference is part of our continuing commitment to strengthen Maine's small business economy, which fuels the state's overall economy."
For more information about the training and workforce development programs offered by Maine's community colleges:
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