Workforce development is an important piece of spurring economic activity in Washington County because it ensures workers have the skills they need to compete for better-paying jobs or flourish in a career of their choice. SCEC develops, coordinates, and facilitates various workshops, trainings, forums, and other similar business-related events; often co-sponsoring with regional organizations, colleges and universities and other groups, depending on the educational needs of our businesses and communities. We help businesses identify and develop affordable training programs that will improve their workforce and create an environment for job creation/retention Down East. Many of our trainings are offered free or at reduced rates, and can be accessed by video-conferencing technology in Machias and Calais, making them more feasible for clients to attend.
Recent trainings, seminars and workshops include:
- “Selling to the State of Maine” with Maine Procurement & Technical Assistance Center
- Top Gun Prep Q&A with Don Gooding, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
- Small Business Administration HUBZone Orientation workshop with Maine SBA and Maine PTAC
- “Press Release Writing” with Lora Whelan of The Quoddy Tides
- Affordable Care Act Q&A with Consumers for Affordable Health Care
- Food safety/ServSafe certification with Washington County Community College
- “Packaging for Tourism Businesses” with Washington County Tech. Assistance Network
- “Assisting Travelers in a Border Region” with Northern Maine Development Commission
- Customer Service for Frontline Staff with Downeast Business Alliance
- Customer Service for Managers with Downeast Business Alliance and Maine SBDC
- Basic Marketing with Women’s Business Center at CEI
Several of these trainings, such as the WelcomeME Online Training are offered through the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative whose purpose is to deliver a comprehensive, multi-modal training program to meet educational needs expressed by tourism businesses and their employees in Maine’s “rim” counties. SCEC also collaborates with a local network and statewide partners to make workshops available within Washington County.
If you have suggestions for an upcoming training or workshop, or would like to attend a course we’re involved with, please contact SCEC Assistant Director Jennifer Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 255-0983.