Heidi Durgin, Career Pathways/College Transitions Coordinator at Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education and Joseph C. Costello, VP Human Resources Bancroft Contracting Corporation proudly display the framed commemorative plaques featuring testimonials of recent workforce training partnerships.  Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.
Workforce training partners at Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) marked the celebration a successful partnership with Oxford Hills-Nezinscot Adult Education (OHNAE), and the completion of the first Customized Welding Training program with Bancroft Contracting Corporation in South Paris.  The 92-hour program provided students with 72 hours of hands-on welding instruction at the Bancroft facility and 20 hours of math for welders, safety training and job-readiness through OHNAE.  A commemorative plaque featuring testimonials from training partners and graduates of the program were presented by WMCA Regional Employer Point Assistant, Monica Millhime.  “Keeping up with an ever-changing labor market requires flexibility and willingness to try new approaches,” shares Patti Saarinen, WIOA Program Coordinator, WMCA – Central/Western Maine CareerCenters.  “Working with partners such as Bancroft Construction and Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education has been a wonderful learning experience and opportunity.  Customizing training not only meets the employer’s needs but offers students short-term, hands-on skills building.  Learn, work, and grow is the best cycle for workforce development.” The second cohort with six candidates begins on Tuesday, July 30 at Bancroft.  The training valued at over $4,500 is no cost for income eligible participants through the WMCA Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Funding. For more information, updates and other training opportunities visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/and http://www.wmca.org/. Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.