UMaine Hutchinson Center announces 20% discount on online professional development programs through October 1

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 8:35am

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Belfast, Maine — Registration is now open for all online professional development programs through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. All upcoming professional development programs will be 20% off Sep. 15 through Oct. 1. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

The UMaine 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 programs are open to the general public—enrollment at or employment by UMaine is not a prerequisite.

All programs are held synchronously via Zoom. Class sizes are small and the programs are engaging and highly interactive (programs are not prerecorded). Given their online nature, these professional development programs are accessible to professionals nationwide, offering an opportunity to further expand professional networks. To participate, stable internet connection is required. If internet access is a barrier, please contact the Hutchinson Center.

Three five-day sessions of Grant Writing Essentials, taught by Elizabeth Haffey, will be offered. In this program participants will navigate grant proposals from inception to completion, and learn about finding and vetting funding sources. 

Dr. Terry Porter, from the UMaine Business School, is facilitating two upcoming programs, including  Engaging Your Critical Thinking Skills. Critical Thinking is a two-day program, offered Oct. 27, 4–6:30 p.m. and Oct 29, 9 a.m–2:30 p.m., designed to benefit anyone with a desire to achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their communications. Critical thinking can improve the ability to make decisions, solve problems, advocate for a cause and communicate more effectively in personal and professional relationships.

A new program, Going Green: Sustainability in Business, also facilitated by Dr. Terry Porter, is offered Thu., Jan. 27 & Fri., Jan 28, 2022, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. This program is designed for business practitioners of all sorts who want to create more sustainable businesses. Topics include the triple bottom line of financial, social and environmental progress, environmentalism, and barriers to going green. Participants will come out of the program with a plan in mind for creating, evaluating, and implementing sustainability strategies.

Toastmaster “Transformation” Tom Dowd is offering Public Speaking and Virtual Presentation Skills on Nov. 2 & 4, 2021, 6–9 p.m. This program will help participants improve their public speaking skills and maximize their virtual presence. These skills are applicable both in the online business environment and in-person situations. 

Additional programs are listed on the Hutchinson Center’s website. Custom programs catered to the specific needs of a company, organization or school also are available. Continuing education units are available for all Hutchinson Center professional development programs.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten,; 207.338.8002. For more information about upcoming professional development programs or to register, go online. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties.

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. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot 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 more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who 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. 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, visit