a variety of academic and job training supports

Career services available in Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagahoc counties

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 4:30pm

The Maine Job’s and Recovery Plan has committed $6 million dollars to address the workforce development needs of those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Maine’s Department of Education/Adult Education will help eligible adults and employment sectors recover from the stresses of the pandemic through a variety of academic and job training supports including Career Advancement Navigators and College and Career Success Coordinators.

The adult education-based Navigators serve primarily in geographic areas of the state with less access to post-secondary and other educational opportunities as well as support services. These areas include the counties of York, Kennebec, Androscoggin, Oxford, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox, and Sagadahoc. Navigators help people in their communities to take the next step in their careers.

Adult education coordinators will sit at each of the seven community college campuses. Coordinators will be responsive to the needs of current and prospective community college students who may need additional assistance with advising and career planning or in acquiring the academic skills needed to successfully complete college-level work. Adult education students will also be provided with the assistance and support needed to make a successful transition to community college.

The Navigators will help clients find their way to training, much of which is available free right now, in order to transition into new and in-demand careers.

“As an experienced adult learning, leadership, and career development professional, who has focused heavily on applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to meeting the needs of all learners, my passion is helping every client build their personal and professional toolkit, particularly Mainers who are overcoming significant obstacles,” said Cassie (Mary) Robichaux, the new Navigator serving Midcoast Maine, in a news release. “I will advocate for people and connect them with their purpose, by providing the support, resources, and high-touch relationships that are so important to our individual and collective success.”

Cassie Robichaux is available to meet with clients in person at any local Adult Education site throughout the Midcoast counties or via Zoom. For an appointment, email cassie.robichaux@msad40.org, or contact your local Maine Adult Education program.

For more information: https://midcoast7.maineadulted.org/career-counseling-and-advising/