September 6, 2018

Thomas College helping workers at central Maine businesses gain skills

About Thomas College

Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on students' academic, career and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the country for adding the most value to its degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15% of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates.

Thomas College's Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation is offering a variety of highly topical professional development subjects in three- and six-week sessions that are taught by the college's faculty in their respective areas of expertise.

One of the objectives of the institute is to assist businesses in central Maine develop their workforce by helping them advance their employees' professional skills and thereby address one of the largest challenges faced by Maine businesses — namely, a skilled workforce.

The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation's fall 2018 Professional Development Series is now open for enrollment. Courses begin as soon as Sept. 26, with most starting the second week of October.

"After serving close to 200 central Maine employees through our institute's courses, we've been able to really hone in on what skills both employees and employers' value the most," said Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation Executive Director Mike Duguay. "The current courses that we offer have been created to provide the most impactful content possible in the shortest period of time."

Here’s what’s being offered

Courses are divided into two categories: The Leadership Academy and the Skills Center.

The Leadership Academy, which aims to create qualified leaders, managers and supervisors by teaching the skills they need to be effective, offers courses such as:

  • The leadership symposium
  • Introduction to supervision
  • Intermediate supervision
  • Introduction to agile and process improvement.

The Skills Center's courses, which are designed to help employees learn how to successfully interact with customers and colleagues, include:

  • Masterful communications
  • High-performance sales
  • Effective teamwork
  • Technical writing.

Registration is available at online here. For more information, contact Josh Devou by email at or by phone at 207-859-1159.


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