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Public Relations Contact

Tina Erskine
Director of Human Resources, Training & Public Relations Officer
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619
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207.454.1002

 

CALAIS _ It didn’t take much for them to duck and run last week as buckets of ice were dumped on members of Washington County Community College’s faculty and staff.

 

It was all part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge held last week across the nation. To date the ALS Association has raised more than $41 million in donations. The WCCC event was pulled together in just two days, yet the 20 faculty and staff members who participated raised nearly $200 on the day of the event with more coming in.

 

Four of the participants were new faculty members at the college and included: Randy McCormick, Diane Parsloe, George Chmielecki and Elizabeth Sullivan.

 

Responding to a challenge from Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, the WCCC folks took on the challenge and good naturedly got iced. The WCCC staff then challenged the University of Maine at Machias, St. Stephen’s University and New Brunswick Community College in Canada.

 

WCCC Academic Dean David Sousa, who participated, said it was a bone chilling experience. “It was shocking, I didn’t expect it to be quite so cold.

 

Sousa credited WCCC maintenance staff member’s Tab Davis and Mel Greenlaw for making the challenge happen. He said at first they had considered using a bucket loader filled with ice, but decided for safety reasons to stick with individual buckets.

 

According to the ALS Association, their mission is to provide care services to people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease named after the legendary baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease.


“The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships,” the ALS Association web site said,

 

“I am very proud of the people who participated in this worthy fundraiser,” said WCCC President Joe Cassidy, who was one of the participants. “We did our part and I am proud to report, those we challenged did as well.

 

 

St Croix Tissue is building a new state-of-the-art automated facility

St Croix Tissue is building a new state-of-the-art automated facility co-located on the Woodland Pulp site in Baileyville, creating up to 80 new jobs beginning in May 2015. Washington County Community College and St Croix Tissue are partnering to offer a special FREE training program for potential new employees.

THE PROGRAM

In addition to pulp and papermaking classes, the eight courses cover math, communications, basic computer skills and safety. The program will be offered in the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters at WCCC. Applicants to the program must be Maine residents, and submit official High School transcripts, GED or HiSET to be considered.

GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR

Students who successfully complete the St Croix Tissue Program at Washington County Community College will be well prepared to work in this type of environment and will be guaranteed an interview for one of the 80 new positions. This is a chance to get to the head of the line. And it’s FREE!

Click here to download Application Form

 

Call 1-207-454-1012 or visit www.wccc.me.edu/st_croix
Apply today. Space is limited. Application deadline September 5, 2014.

Contact Info

Name:  Scott Harriman

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Phone: (207) 454-1012 or 214-3760

Date Submitted:  July 29, 2014

Updated:  4:40p.m. 7/29/14

 

CALAIS and BAILEYVILLE - Washington County Community College and St. Croix Tissue, Inc. have announced a partnership that will lead to high-paying paper making jobs for workers in Downeast Maine. 

St. Croix Tissue, Inc. announced earlier this year its plans to build a new state-of-the-art tissue paper production facility located in Baileyville, Maine.  The company will be creating as many as 80 new jobs and will begin large-scale hiring in May 2015.  The company and WCCC have partnered to design a one-year training program, to be offered at no cost to participants that will give those individuals who successfully complete the program the skills they need to be well prepared to compete for those new jobs.  Additionally, those who successfully complete the program will be guaranteed an interview by St. Croix Tissue, Inc. next spring. 

For its part, WCCC will partner with Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), located in Fairfield, Maine, to bring several of KVCC’s pulp and paper making classes to WCCC’s Calais campus.  “KVCC is delighted that key elements of our long-standing Pulp and Paper program will help to support WCCC and St. Croix in developing needed skills among the workforce Downeast.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the Maine Community College System to leverage inter-campus collaboration for cross-regional benefit.” said KVCC President, Rick Hopper.

Additional classes - including math, communications, basic computer skills, and safety training - will be offered by WCCC. A grant from the Maine Quality Centers program, an initiative of the Maine Community College System, will enable WCCC to offer the training at no cost to up to 40 Maine residents. 

 “This is a great opportunity for men and women in eastern Maine to get their foot in the door with St. Croix Tissue.  The jobs being created will be high-paying jobs in a high-end professional setting.” said WCCC President, Joe Cassidy.

“Individuals who successfully complete this program will be head and shoulders above their peers as candidates for the jobs we are creating in Baileyville.” said Tissue Manager, Martin Richard.

The program will begin in late September and will run through late April of next year.  Applicants must be a Maine resident and hold a high school diploma, GED, or HiSet certificate to be eligible.  For more information, please contact WCCC at 454-1012.  The deadline for applications is September 5, 2014

 

 

What is “Maine is IT!”

“Maine is IT!” is a grant awarded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program to address the growing need in Maine for skilled information technology workers across many industries. This grant will allow WCCC to offer two new two-year degree programs as well as Microsoft Academy certifications.

“Maine is IT!” recognizes the talent at Maine community college’s statewide to compete with states across the country for grants focused on innovation and collaboration.

Academic Degrees

  • Computer Technology Associates in Applied Science
  • Network Security/Computer Forensics*

Anticipated Certifications

  • Microsoft Academy
    • MOS
    • MTA
    • MCSE

For more information about these academic degrees and certifications being offered at WCCC, contact WCCC’s Admissions Department at 207- 454-1000 or 1-800-210-6932, or Mary-Ann Urquhart at 207-454-1084 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *Network Security/Computer Forensics in partnership CMCC.

Simulation Lab

WCCC will offer a state-of-the-art networking lab to support new programs in Computer Technology, Network Security & Forensics and anticipated certification offerings.

Visit the Maine Community College System's Maine is IT! webpage and the Maine is IT! Facebook page.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Washington County Community College is an equal opportunity employer, adaptive equipment available upon request for individuals with disabilities. WCCC is an EO/AA Employer

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