Alfond Foundation’s $3.6 million grant to community colleges boosts workforce development
The grant will help expand short-term training programs to ease labor shortages in health care, information technology and other industries.
Press Herald, December 11, 2018
The Harold Alfond Foundation is giving a $3.6 million grant to Maine’s community colleges to expand and enhance short-term training programs in four high-demand industries facing worker shortages: health care, manufacturing and trades, information technology and construction. The Alfond Foundation announced the grant to The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges on Monday night at an event highlighting the colleges’ workforce and training initiatives. 

Businesses partner with community colleges to meet workforce shortage head-on
Mainebiz, Dec 10
Fuel provider Dead River Co. desperately needs drivers. At Central Maine Power, the need is for line workers. The Appalachian Mountain Club also needs trained workers for its hundreds of full-time and seasonal positions. Those businesses are among the many that are partnering with the Maine Community College System in a focus on short-term training in response to the state's workforce crisis.

KKVCC celebrates new lineworker technology facility with help from Central Maine Power
The utility's parent company helped fund the $1.39 million renovation project with a $250,000 grant.
Central Maine Newspapers, Oct 31
FAIRFIELD — Kennebec Valley Community College is taking its electrical lineworker technology program to new heights with a boost from Central Maine Power Co. The program, which dates back to the 1990s and has helped train nearly 600 graduates for jobs in the utility industry, is in its first year at a new home on KVCC’s Hinckley campus.