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August 2, 2019

SMCC offers training for future window manufacturing workers

Southern Maine Community College is launching a new training class to provide Portland-based Paradigm Windows with skilled workers and to improve career opportunities for Maine residents.

The college, with campuses in South Portland and Brunswick, says its new Manufacturing Technician course offers training in workplace safety, technical math, hand tool operation, measurement, assembly, lean manufacturing systems and other job skills.

The course is grant-funded by the Maine Quality Centers, part of the Maine Community College System. There’s no cost to qualified applicants.

Classes begin Aug. 6 and run through Sept. 5. Paradigm Windows, a manufacturer of custom vinyl windows and which currently has 225 employees, will offer job interviews to people who successfully complete the program.

“With a low unemployment rate of about 3%, Maine businesses are in need of qualified employees and this training is vital to helping bridge that gap for our business partners,” said Jim Whitten, SMCC’s Dean of Workforce Development.

More information can be found here.

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