Director of Human Resources, Training & Public Relations Officer
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619
Name: Scott Harriman
Phone: (207) 454-1012 or 214-3760
Date Submitted: July 29, 2014
CALAIS and BAILEYVILLE - Washington County Community College and St. Croix Tissue, LLC have announced a partnership that will lead to high paying paper making jobs for workers in Downeast Maine.
St. Croix Tissue, LLC 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, LLC next spring.
For its part, WCCC will partner with Kennebec Valley Community College, located in Fairfield, Maine, to bring several of KVCC’s pulp and paper making classes to WCCC’s Calais campus. Other 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 click here or 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.
WCCC will offer a state-of-the-art networking lab to support new programs in Computer Technology, Network Security & Forensics and anticipated certification offerings.
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
CALAIS _ Although the winter of 2013-14 was memorable for its heavy snow and ice cold days that led to broken pipes and huge oil bills, it hasn’t prevented area businesses and individuals from stepping forward to support students at Washington County Community College.
“This winter was a tough one,” WCCC President Joe Cassidy said. “But those people who support the college and the Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund stand ready to help. It is that spirit of determination in Washington County that has helped make this college a success.”
This year’s fund raiser began in March and already more than 35 businesses have pledged $250 or more to the scholarship program.
The scholarship drive runs in tandem with WCCC’s annual golf tournament co-sponsored by Pratt’s Chevrolet, which has been a huge success for the past 13 years.
Last year, the scholarship drive raised more than $16,000 and it hopes to raise that much and more this year. Scholarships were presented to 55 students last year. “I wish I could describe the sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces when they learn they have been awarded a Direct-to-Student Scholarship. It is priceless,” Cassidy said. “We have had so many wonderful stories about how a scholarship has kept a student in college or helped a student move toward graduation.
Individuals and businesses that have stepped forward to date and have submitted their donations include: Border Electric, Calais Ace Home Center, the Calais Motor Inn, the Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, EBS Building Supplies, the Harold Howland Family Scholarship, PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, Roger’s Auto Sales, St. Croix Regional Technical Center, Tammy Smith Tax and Accounting, the Calais Advertiser, the International Motel, WCCC Student Senate, WCCC Show & Shine, WQDY Inc. and Yancy’s Restaurant. Additional donors include: Harbor Bank and Trust of Lubec and Machias, the Downeast Credit Union of Baileyville and Calais, Downeast LNG of Robbinston, Rob Wyatt, project manager for Downeast LNG of Robbinston, Dr. Brian Hoops of Baileyville, Ken and Jane Brooks Family Scholarship and Shining Star Scholarship of Eastport.
What makes this scholarship program so unique is the role that the individual or business that donates plays in the life of the student as each scholarship created goes directly to the student. As in the past, donors are able to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name, or in memory of a loved one. Donors choose the program of study they wish to support and create the scholarship criteria.
Just like last year, there will be newspaper articles about this year’s donors as well as information about each donor’s support posted on the college’s website.
Last year, WCCC was named one of the 10% community colleges in the USA by the Aspen Institute and the 46th best community college in the USA by the Best Schools.org. In addition the college was named in the top 25 best community colleges in the USA by the Washington Monthly.
Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619. Make checks payable to the WCCC 2014 Scholarship Fund. For more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Erskine at 454-1002.