Call for Proposals: New Professional Development Programs

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 2:39pm

Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center is seeking proposals for new professional development programs for 2022–23. Proposals should meet the needs of Maine’s workforce, as defined by the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the Maine Economic Development Strategy.

Though all submissions will be considered, proposals in the following areas are particularly sought: anti-racism/decolonization/diversity/equity/inclusivity, business/entrepreneurship, customer service, early childhood education/childcare, ethics, human resources (trauma-informed management/workplaces, recruiting, cultivating and sustaining diverse workplaces, etc.), industry-specific trainings (insurance, real estate, finances, etc.), project management and technology/computers/coding.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ and veterans are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Instructors do not need to be residents of Maine or based in Maine in order to be considered.

From certificate programs to comprehensive workshops and training seminars, the UMaine Hutchinson Center is committed to providing online and in-person professional development programs to Maine’s workforce. Since 2015, the Hutchinson Center has administered more than 80 professional development programs and supported training for more than 2,200 participants from the public and private sectors. 

The Hutchinson Center’s professional development programs are designed to benefit professionals from a range of sectors, including healthcare workers, educators and members of nonprofit organizations, as well as people who are unemployed, underemployed or trying to make a change in their careers. All Hutchinson Center professional development programs are open to the general public.

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden 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 among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community. 

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduates. Our students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit and