Job training: Maine Community College System syncs with businesses to get people working
Mainebiz, May 15
Ralph Jellison was in his early 50s when he lost his job with the closure of Verso Paper Corp.'s mill in Bucksport in April 2015.The Department of Labor's Rapid Response Team introduced him to retraining options, including a six-month program to learn fine woodworking at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. He always liked woodworking, and the program's short duration seemed likely to get him working soon.
http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20170515/CURRENTEDITION/305109994 

At 39, this former millworker is starting a new career as a firefighter
BDN, May 13
Ryan Pickoski was a fourth-generation paper millworker in Bucksport when his world turned upside down almost three years ago. His great-grandfather, both grandfathers, one of his grandmothers, his father and his uncle all worked at the Bucksport mill, which changed hands many times over the decades and most recently was operated by Verso Paper Corp. http://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/13/news/hancock/at-39-this-former-millworker-is-starting-a-new-career-as-a-firefighter/

YCCC graduates “beat the odds”
Seacoastonline.com, May 17
OGUNQUIT — The York County Community College’s 22nd Commencement Ceremony kicked off Saturday with a bagpipe-accompanied processional of graduates, faculty and administration.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20170517/yccc-graduates-beat-odds

WCCC Graduates Urged to Embrace Change
Calais Advertiser, May 19
The sun emerged after days of rain to grace the procession of Washington County Community College graduates as they walked from the college to the auditorium at Calais High School. The shifting weather appropriately accompanied the ceremony’s repeated theme of embracing change, a message that resounded in each of the speeches delivered to the graduates.
http://www.thecalaisadvertiser.com/articles/2017/05/19/wccc-graduates-urged-embrace-change

NMCC Celebrates 178 Graduates
BDN, May 19
Aroostook— Northern Maine Community College celebrated the graduation of 178 students during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13 at the Forum. Students from the Arts and Sciences, Business Technology, Nursing and Allied Health, and Trade and Technical Occupations received their Associates’ Degrees and certificates from 37 programs.
http://bangordailynews.com/community/nmcc-celebrates-178-graduates/

More than 1,000 graduate from Southern Maine Community College
The school holds its 70th commencement exercises at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
Press Herald, May 21
http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/21/more-than-1000-graduate-from-southern-maine-community-college/

Versatility of graduates from KVCC highlighted in commencement ceremony Saturday morning
Press Herald, May 20
AUGUSTA — Between the full-body robes, the unusual hats and the often-stuffy venues, sitting through a commencement ceremony can be a challenge for any college student.
http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/20/versatility-of-graduates-from-kvcc-highlighted-in-commencement-ceremony-saturday-morning/