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UMaine Hutchinson Center Announces Funding for Harold Alfond Center for Workforce Development Professional Development Trainings


Belfast, Maine – Through a new partnership with the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, funding for professional development programs taken at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center is available, up to $1,200 per worker through December 2022, with additional funding thereafter. Visit hutchinsoncenter.umaine/edu to learn more.

In order to be eligible for this funding, employers must become members of the Compact. All Maine businesses are eligible; additional resources are available for small and medium-sized businesses. The Maine Workforce Development Compact is made up of Maine businesses, associations, nonprofits, and municipalities committed to working together to solve Maine’s workforce issues. To date, more than 400 Maine employers have become compact members. To be eligible for training, workers must be at least 18 years old, a Maine resident, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

The UMaine Hutchinson Center offers a wide variety of professional development programs, including in-person and online offerings. This fall, Peggy Smith will be teaching the popular online program Helping Calm Strong Emotions with Resonant Language. Tom Dowd will teach several programs, including his in-person offerings on career transformation and public speaking, and his online offerings on time management and virtual presentations. Terry Porter, Associate Professor Emeritus of Maine Business School, offers two in-person programs: Critical Thinking and Business Sustainability Strategies. Restorative Justice Project Maine offers several program sessions on restorative practices.

More information on all upcoming professional development opportunities through the UMaine Hutchinson Center is available on line. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for all programs; learn more here.

The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce has access to $60 million in grants. With its business partners, including the UMaine Hutchinson Center, it is on track to serve 24,000 Mainers with short-term training by 2025. This includes financial support of up to $1,200 per worker through December. 2022 and a consideration of $1,200 in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Spooner, [email protected]; 207.338.8002. For more information on upcoming professional development programs or to register, visit on line. Early registration is recommended as places are limited.

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center at the University of Maine at Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the Midcoast region. It is named after University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The Hutchinson Center’s mission is to expand access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy between University of Maine system entities and University of Maine departments. and divisions, and that engage a larger Maine community. For more information about the UMaine Hutchinson Center, visit hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.