how colleges are shaping programs with input from industries

Camden Rotary to host workforce education talk, Nov. 16

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CAMDEN —  Preparing workers for high-quality jobs is a win-win for businesses and employees alike, according to Camden Rotary, in a news release. It is also a boon to Maine’s economy.

Camden Rotary Club invites the public to learn how companies throughout the state, including the Midcoast, are collaborating with community colleges to strengthen Maine’s workforce.

During their meeting Tuesday, November 16, at noon, club members will hear how the colleges are helping new and incumbent workers prepare for high-quality jobs that employers within the state are eager to fill.  The schools offer apprenticeships, short-term certificate courses,  one-year certificates, and two-year degrees to build highly sought knowledge and skills.

Charles Collins, Ed.D., Deputy Executive Director of Workforce Training for the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, will explain how the colleges are shaping programs and services with input from industries that seek skilled employees. He will also explain how the Center supports students’ efforts to succeed.

“Research shows that individuals are more likely to complete their training or education if they have a clear, efficient pathway to their goal,” says Collins. “The Alfond Center and all seven of Maine’s community colleges are helping people find their way to career success by developing the knowledge and skills they need to thrive within Maine businesses.”

The club is actively promoting workforce development and is working with the Midcoast School of Technology to launch an apprentice program for fiber optics network technicians.

“We want to help people qualify for good jobs and are offering career tech education scholarships for local people enrolling in all the types of programs we will learn about on November 16,” says Club President Jonathan Goss. “We look forward to hearing more about how academics and businesspeople can work together to fill skills gaps and create new opportunities.” 

Collins’s presentation is one of many the club has hosted as part of a campaign to support economic and workforce development. The club’s website at  includes recordings of all the talks in this series.

Guests may join the meeting online via Zoom or in person at the Congregational Church in Camden. Meetings start at noon and do not currently include food.

The church requires the use of N95 masks and provides them for visitors. 

Zoom connection details are available from Stephanie Griffin:

Event Date: 

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

Congregational Church in Camden or via Zoom


Congregational Church
Camden, ME 04843
United States