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Photo caption (featured l-r):  John Ferland, Hahnel Bros., VP/General Manager; Dan Deschene, Consigli Construction, Assistant Superintendent; Jen Tiner, Lewiston Adult Education Assistant Director; David Foulke, Northeast Painting & Coatings, Project Manager; and Joe Perryman, St. Laurent Construction, General Manager, proudly display framed commemorative plaques, presented by Regional Employer Point Assistant, Monica Millhime, on behalf of Western Maine Community Action.  The plaques feature Lewiston Construction Cohort #4 testimonials shared by construction program graduates and business partners.  Photos courtesy of Monica Millhime, WMCA.

Workforce training partners at Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) marked the celebration a successful partnership with academy training partners at Lewiston Adult Education, and four local construction business partners Hahnel Bros., Northeast Paint and Coatings, St. Laurent and Consigli Construction following the completion of the fourth Lewiston Construction Cohort.  Lewiston Adult Education, in partnership with the Lewiston CareerCenter, Western Maine Community Action, John T. Gorman Foundation, Community Concepts, City of Lewiston, Take2/Goodwill, and Fed Cap offer a construction skills training program designed to equip students with the work readiness skills and sector-specific skills necessary to become employed in an entry level construction position.  Students are provided a work experience with local employers and are eligible for on-the-job training upon completion of the program. Participants must: pass CASAS assessments in reading and math, have the ability to work in the United States, and successfully complete an eligibility screening including an employer-sponsored drug screening. Successful candidates earn a Work Ready credential, OSHA 10, RRP certification completing assignments addressing workplace safety, hand and power tools, construction measuring, fractions and basic geometry.

“Working in partnership is the best way to address the challenges of today’s labor market,”  shares Patti Saarinen, WIOA Program Coordinator, WMCA- Central/Western Maine CareerCenters.  “In our 5-county area, we are fortunate to have community organizations, educational facilities, and employers willing to collaborate on training projects that benefit both job seekers and business.  We look forward to the Spring 2020 cohort.”

A fifth Construction Cohort is planned for Spring 2020.   The course is no cost for income eligible participants through the WMCA Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Funding. For more information, updates and other training opportunities visit https://www.facebook.com/WesternMaineCommunityAction/ and https://wmca.org/.