Professional Development & Customized Training Options
There are a wide variety of professional development and customized training options for employers. Here is a growing list of program options and potential partners for you to explore.
Who is eligible: Adults who need a high school diploma; specific skills training; or preparation for college classes, entering certificate and trade programs, or employment.
How it works: Maine Adult Education programs provide career and educational counseling, academic skills courses, GED and high school completion, college prep workshops, computer basics, and prerequisite courses such as algebra and lab sciences. Maine Adult Education programs collaborate with the Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenters on WorkReady™, a course focused on “soft skills” for employment and including computer basics.
For more information:
Call 1-800-322-5455 for the Adult Learning Opportunities Hotline
Call (207) 875-2722 to reach the Maine Adult Education Association office.
To locate adult ed programs throughout the state, visit the Maine Adult Education Web Portal at http://www.maineadulted.org. This site allows users to perform a statewide search for courses and offers online course registration and payment options.
Maine’s Industry Partnership/Sector Strategy focuses on building and retaining a skilled workforce and increasing the available labor pool for manufacturing through pipeline and career ladder development. Based on Pennsylvania’s Industry Partnerships, the model could serve as a best practice for other industries. The goal is to identify and quickly respond to the common interests of many stakeholders to replace retiring workers with new workers who have the skills to adapt to changes in the manufacturing sector. According to the report, “The Industry Partnership concept is not just about worker training; it is about constantly evaluating labor-market data and information to stay competitive on the local, state, national, and global levels.”
Nancy Forster-Holt, Ph.D., Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (207) firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine Community College System’s Continuing Education, Professional Development, & Training
Take advantage of numerous credit and non-credit courses, workshops and professional development offerings at Maine’s Community Colleges. Learn more.
Central Maine Community College, Auburn
Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
Washington County Community College, Calais
York County Community College, Wells
University of New England Office of Continuing Education
207-602-2050 / http://www.une.edu/oce
University of New Hampshire Continuing Education
603-862-7380 / http://www.learn.unh.edu/training
University of Southern Maine Professional Development Programs
Professional development certificate programs, workshops, and customized training options
207-780-5900 / usm.maine.edu/pdp
The Community College System’s Maine Quality Centers (MQC) work to encourage businesses to locate or expand operations in Maine through free customized workforce training to qualified new and expanding businesses to ensure they have a pool of qualified workers with the needed knowledge and skills. Training can be delivered either pre- or post-hire and when and where it best suits a company’s needs. The program’s “consortia” approach allows two or more small businesses with similar training needs to jointly participate. To date, MQCs have helped 221 Maine businesses expand or locate operations in Maine, representing over 12,000 new full-time jobs with benefits and a projected $2 billion in related private investment.
College for America, a nonprofit subsidiary of Southern New Hampshire University, offers fast-paced, competency-based associate’s degrees and stackable bachelor’s degrees. The college is heavily focused on employer partnerships. Student progress is based on mastery of competencies rather than completion of credit hours. “What draws students and employers is the promise of mastering competencies they can immediately apply in their workplace.” SNHU President Paul LeBlanc.
Husson University Partners with Companies to Provide Degree Completion – For example, flexible models with a combination of onsite and online offerings allow Hollywood Casino and Jackson Lab employees to complete business education degree requirements in two or three years on site or online.
“Our program will help individuals achieve their full potential while providing their employer with a better educated, more highly skilled workforce.” Marie Hansen, PhD, dean, College of Business at Husson University.
Any other businesses interested in establishing options onsite or online for training, certificates or degree completion may contact Dean Hansen at email@example.com.
Recognition of prior learning from onsite training is also possible.
Husson University recognizes training from Cianbro Institute and provides personal assessments of credits to assist students in finishing a Business and Professional degree.
View employer partnership and student success videos:
Husson University’s Internship Investment Bank
Supporting partnerships with corporate, nonprofit, and public service entities.Learn more at husson.edu/iib.
View Flyer: Husson University Internship Investment Bank.
Kaplan University’s Workplace Readiness Program focuses on ten essential workplace skills: professional presentation; “coachability”; writing effectiveness; ethical behavior; teamwork; attendance and reliability; communication; independent thinking; problem solving, and; positive employee engagement.
Project Log-In, a program of Educate Maine, is focused on increasing the number of Maine’s IT professionals by educating, engaging, and offering internships to more people through collaboration with Maine businesses and educational institutions.
Concierge Contacts – one-on-one support for adult learners seeking to complete their degree.
Degree Completion Scholarship Fund – provides scholarships for adults returning to college after an absence of three years or more who are working toward their first bachelor’s degree. Recipients can receive the scholarship for up to four years. The program also includes help for returning students in navigating the educational system.
The University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation’s partnership with Blackstone Charitable Foundation works to connect Maine college students with new and growing companies to help create a pipeline of entrepreneurs in Maine. The program is part of UMaine’s Innovation Engineering program.
University of Southern Maine Professional & Continuing Education
Offering adult students services, online programs, enrollment advising, and customized corporate partnerships – training programs, professional development certificate programs and workshops, and onsite customized delivery options.
The website is divided into three separate sections called virtual aspirations labs: Teens, Adults, and Employers. The Teen and Adult labs provide comprehensive information to guide the user through a career search, college search, college application and financial aid application. Information is available on obtaining transfer or prior learning credits, specific resources for veterans and their families and resources such as adult education and College Transition programs. The Employer lab provides best practices for employers who want to support their employees’ desire to continue their education in order to secure college degrees. A key component to the Employers’ section is the Employer Honor Roll which lists those businesses that have committed to following certain policies or procedures to support the continued education of their work force.
Everyone, teens, adults and employers, will find what they need there to move forward toward completing a college degree. And, once they have attained their degree, they can join many others in the region who register their accomplishment on a unique Degree Monument that lists those with college degrees who live or work in Androscoggin County.
Resource Guide for Entrepreneurs – Support service, skill development, and more
Who is eligible: Any Maine resident.
How it works: CareerCenters assess skills, abilities and interests of jobseekers to help them develop education and career goals that build on their strengths and experience. Jobseekers are also provided with information and access to programs and services to help them pay for a post-secondary education.
For more information:
Contact your local CareerCenter at (207) 623-7981 (TTY: 1-800-794-1110) or to locate a CareerCenter in your community visit: www.mainecareercenter.com
Who is eligible: Adults in transition.
How it works: New Ventures Maine offers individual and group training including career exploration, financial literacy and small business startup counseling. Their core workforce development training program, Creating Your Future, helps individuals make informed career and financial decisions. The curriculum integrates career and educational advising with financial literacy and asset development skills components and stresses the importance of postsecondary education. An individualized Lifelong Learning Plan is created for each participant. New Ventures Maine also provides the advising component of the LiLA Program and offers Family Development Accounts through all of their centers.
For more information:
Call 1-800-442-2092 or visit: newventuresmaine.org
Who is eligible: Adult workers in need of a high school diploma or college preparation course work.
For more information:
Contact Larinda Meade at (207) 756-8560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.maine.gov/education/aded/dev/transitions.htm or www.maineadulted.org to find a local program.
Who is eligible: Any adult worker interested in going back to school.
How it works: The program provides information and assistance to students completing college admission and financial aid forms. Advisors also assess academic readiness, provide career counseling, and refer individuals to community resources.
For more information:
Call 1-800-281-3703 or visit: meoc.maine.edu