$1.6 million donated to Maine's community colleges
May 11, WCSH6
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Students at Maine's community colleges will be getting some more support thanks to a large donation by a well-known Mainer. Lisa Gorman, the wife of the late L.L.Bean President Leon Gorman, announced she is giving the 'Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges' $1.6 million.

Maine Community College Cultivating New Crop of Farmers
MPBN, May 19
The growing popularity of the farm-to-table movement and a surge of interest in local food is fueling a renewed interest in agriculture. It’s not just an old-fashioned occupation anymore — students at one Maine college are finding their own ways into the field through one of the state’s only degree programs in farming. Spring is lamb season at Kennebec Valley Community College, and Abigial Smith hopes the animals will be part of her future someday.
NHPR: http://nhpr.org/post/maine-community-college-cultivating-new-crop-farmers 

'Not your grandfather's manufacturing industry'
YCCC partners with area manufacturers to create skilled workers
Seacostonline, May 11
WELLS — York County Community College President Barbara Finkelstein is proud of the school’s training partnerships with area manufacturers as they work together to find innovative solutions in an economy where the demand for skilled workers outweighs the supply.

Maine Quality Centers Awards $56,000 Grant to Troy Industrial Solutions in Brewer
A Brewer company is getting a $56,000 grant to help train its workers. It comes from Maine Quality Centers, which provides workforce training grants to Maine employers. Troy Industrial Solutions will receive customized training for up to 45 of its employees, free of charge. The grant will help pay for instructors from Eastern Maine Community College who will provide the training.

UMaine Machias, community college sign collaborative agreement
Bangor Daily News, April 29
PERRY, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias and Washington County Community College are working together to bring more academic choices to students at both institutions.

SMCC to celebrate 70th birthday
BDN, April 26, 2016
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Southern Maine Community College is hosting a seaside celebration of the College’s 70th birthday in honor of all the community leaders, alumni and students who been instrumental in the College’s success through the decades.

YCCC expansion an exciting development
Fosters Daily Democrat, Mar. 30
York County Community College President Barbara Finkelstein called an $8.4 million expansion to the school’s Wells campus “very exciting.” And it sure is. The 18,000-square-foot expansion will allow the college to meet the needs of a growing student base. Currently housed in one building on College Drive in Wells, YCCC operates under “serious space constraints,” said Finkelstein. When it was constructed in 2001, the college’s original building housed 70 students. Since then there's been a steady increase in enrollment, jumping to 1,100 students in 2009 and 1,758 enrolled students last fall. This new building will enable the college to serve a total of 2,400 students.

KVCC ready to help Madison Paper employees
The college offers numerous programs to help keep laid-off workers in central Maine.
Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, April 7, 2016 By Richard Hopper
Unemployment in Maine and across much of the United States is at its lowest in eight years. Yet when the Madison Paper mill closes May 14, 200 employees will lose their jobs. Alas, good jobs are not easy to find in Somerset County, and those who will lose their jobs at Madison likely want to stay where they are — at home in rural Maine, making a good living, embedded in their community, and providing stability for themselves and their families.