CAMDEN — Camden Rotary Club will discuss how colleges are helping new and incumbent workers prepare for high-quality jobs at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16 at noon. The public is invited to learn how companies throughout the state, including the Midcoast, are collaborating with community colleges to strengthen Maine’s workforce. Schools offer apprenticeships, short-term certificate courses, one-year certificates, and two-year degrees to build knowledge and skills.

Charles Collins, deputy executive director of Workforce Training for the Maine Community College System Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce, will explain how colleges are shaping programs and services with input from industries that seek skilled employees. He will also explain how the Center supports students’ efforts to succeed.

“Research shows that individuals are more likely to complete their training or education if they have a clear, efficient pathway to their goal,” says Collins. “The Alfond Center and all seven of Maine’s community colleges are helping people find their way to career success by developing the knowledge and skills they need to thrive within Maine businesses.”

Guests may join the meeting online via Zoom or in person at the Congregational Church in Camden. Meetings start at noon and do not currently include food. The church requires the use of N95 masks and provides them for visitors. Zoom connection details are available from Stephanie Griffin at

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