No-cost, Short-term Training Available @ Maine Community Colleges

MCCS is offering more than 25 free online training programs that are tied to skills and jobs currently in demand in Maine.

See the list of offerings which include medical coding, pharmacy technician, medical records technician, and Microsoft office specialist.

Courses can be started online at any time, are self-paced, and typically take between 5 and 12 months to complete. Most allow you to earn industry-recognized credentials that signal to employers that you have the skills they need.

To learn more or to sign up for one of the offerings, see the contact person listed for each course here

Are you an employer looking to set up a training program for new or current employees?

We can help design and deliver training programs at your workplace or at one of our facilities.

For more information, click here, or contact Chief Workforce Development Officer Dan Belyea, or a training coordinator at one of our colleges.

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New CDBG Funds Housing & Micro-Enterprise Support

New COVID-related Community Development Block Grant funds will be available July 1 to support housing assistance, micro-enterprise loans and food security.

The housing funds will be distributed through a partnership with MaineHousing who will distribute funding to each of the participating Maine Community Action Agencies (or other approved entity) to provide Housing Assistance Services in the region. Eligible activities under the CV19 Funding include housing payments of up to a total of $1,200 per month.  This amount can include utility payments such as electricity, heating fuel, and sewer/water costs.  

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Re-Starting Maine's Economy

Plans To Re-start Our Economy

The plan establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins on May 1st. Designed with input from public health and industry experts, this staged approach will allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right, and stay open by following reasonable, practical guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

 

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Virtual Public Meetings and other COVID-19 changes

The emergency response to COVID-19 passed by the Maine legislature introduced some temporary changes to rules governing public meetings in order to allow for more social distancing. More information is available at https://www.maine.gov/foaa/. Guidance is also available from the Maine Municipal Association. More resources from MMA are being added regularly and can be found here: https://memun.org/Coronavirus-Resources.

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COVID-19 State and Federal Business Resources

Here's a list of resources, as of March 26 -- SBA, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Finance Authority of Maine, and others.

Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

Businesses and consumers are strongly encouraged to contact your lending institution first. Many lenders are restructuring loans, delaying payments, etc. to help during this time. 

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LCRPC Annual Meeting Set for June 24

We are pleased to announce that our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6 pm. This won't be our traditional annual meeting -- like many other organizations and public groups, we'll figure out how this may be done later this year or possibly in 2021. 

 

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Bremen Goes Fiber

Bremen will become the first mainland town in the midcoast to become a 100% "Fiber to the Home" Community.

After a highly competitive process, the ConnectME authority awarded three broadband infrastructure grants statewide last week. The Town of Bremen, partnering with Tidewater Telecom, was chosen to receive one of those grants. $120,000 was awarded to support the Bremen fiber optic build-out that will bring high speed broadband to approximately 400 more unserved homes and businesses.

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Gov's Economic Recovery Committee

 
The Governor's Economic Recovery Committee is engaging economic experts and industry representatives from across Maine to develop specific policy recommendations to stabilize the state’s economy and build a bridge to future prosperity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Based on the framework of the state’s 10-year Economic Plan, the committee’s work will focus on two strategies regarding Maine’s economy.
 
 
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New EPA Hazardous Site Assessment Project

The LCRPC has been awarded $200,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup planning and community involvement activities for hazardous waste sites in the County.

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Maine Creates New Economic Strategy

When you work on your town's Comp Plan or your Economic Development Committee sets goals for the year, what's the State's strategy for tackling important issues and setting meaningful goals.

This past summer and fall saw statewide and regional meetings of hundreds of Maine citizens, state agency and non-profit staff, and many others. The outvcome, which you may have heard about is the the first formal ten-year strategic economic development plan for the State of Maine. 

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