Photo caption:  Bancroft Contracting Corporation, and Workforce Training Partners Western Maine Community Action (WMCA)  and Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education (OH/NAE). hosted a graduation at the Bancroft facility in South Paris for graduates of the Customized Welding Training Program on Thursday, October 17th to award completion certificates and celebrate the successful completion of the second welding Cohort.  Pictured (l-r):  Kyle Lamb, Bancroft Project Manager; Fred Locke, Bancroft Welding Instructor; Monica Millhime, WMCA Regional Employer Assistant Point; Toma Bakoula, welding candidate; Cathy Stairs, WMCA Employment & Training Specialist; Donald Ingerson, Fern Dulac, Morgan Gammon, Nick Reavis, welding candidates; Joseph Costello, Bancroft Vice President/HR and Tina Christopherson, OH/NAE Director.  Not available for photo Greg Aptt.  Photo Courtesy Heidi Durgin, OH/NAE.

Lewiston – Western Maine Community Action, located at the CareerCenter in Lewiston, and Oxford Hills/Nezinscot Adult Education, partnered with Bancroft Contracting Corporation in South Paris to provide a second cohort for a customized professional welding program.  Students Greg Aptt, Fern Cohort, Donald Ingerson, Toma Bakoula, Morgan Gammon and Nick Reavis  successfully completed the 72-hours of hands on welding instruction, safety training, and 20-hours of math for welders, and job-readiness skills training on October 17th.   The 92-hour long program offered students welding processes used by Bancroft Contracting Corporation and other local employers.  “Low unemployment, combined with an aging workforce, create employment gaps that require different approaches to fill needs,” shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Coordinator – Central/Western Maine CareerCenters.  “Combining private industry, education and job training is an efficient and resourceful way to meet the challenges.”  For more information on other programs available for training and partnerships, 207-753-9001.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ and http://www.wmca.org/ for upcoming opportunities for workforce training.