Maine Department of Labor Update for Employers Now Posted Bookmark and Share

April 1, 2014

The March edition of the Maine Department of Labor's Update for Employers is available here: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/aa15fd .

This edition covers:

  • Spring Jobs Fairs Scheduled Around the State
  • Sunset of Additional Employment Week of 'Nonliability' for Unemployment Charges
  • Commissioner's Legislation Update
  • CWRI Launches Blog, App for Informed Decision-Making
  • MDOL/UMaine System Online Courses for Employers
  • Disability Mentoring Day 2014
  • Upcoming Safety Training
  • Connect on Social Media
  • Need a Speaker?

Input Requested for Draft State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program Bookmark and Share

April 4, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MAINE DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (DVR) The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation invites you to comment on its Services and State Plan

NOTICE: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will hold a public hearing on April 17, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive, in Augusta. The purpose of this hearing is to receive feedback and comments on the 2015 DVR Annual State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment services. The hearing will be facilitated in the Frances Perkins Conference Room. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on site.

CONTACT: A draft of the DVR State Plan will be posted on the Bureau of Rehabilitation’s website www.maine.gov/rehab/ on April 7, 2014. For a printed copy of alternative formats call the Division at 207-623-6799 or 711 (Maine Relay). Written comments may be made to Betsy Hopkins, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150 or by e-mail at: deb.roy@maine.gov and must be received by 5:00 p.m., May 2, 2014.

Supporting documents

Maine DVR State Plan FFY2015 Draft

Spring Edition of Veterans Update Newsletter Available Online! Bookmark and Share

May 21, 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of the Maine Department of Labor’s Veterans Update is available now online at: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/b8ee6a

This issue features: • Memorial Day Recognition and Events • A Matter of Duty screening in Bangor on May 22 • Government Jobs in Maine: Job and Resource Fair • Job and Military Resource Fairs

To subscribe to the newsletter, visit http://www.maine.gov/labor/ and enter your email address in the box next to the red envelope and follow the directions; from the list of newsletters, select “Veterans Services” from the last category, Jobs and Training. You may sign up for as many newsletters and notifications as desired.

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July Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

SKOWHEGAN—Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in July.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment—Monday, July 7 and 21, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will provide more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include how to tap into the "hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults — Wednesdays, July 9 and 23, at 10 a.m. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year’s income tax forms to this appointment. Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter. It is the same building but go through the DHHS entrance doors.

CareerCenter Application Session Our CareerCenter Consultants assist people with their job searches, career decision making and training plans. If you are interested in obtaining more one-on-one assistance from a CareerCenter Consultant, contact the CareerCenter at 474-4950 to make an appointment and get the list of required documents to bring.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

Revised to correct the Wilton CareerCenter phone number in the third paragraph.

WILTON—For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in June.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Wilton CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WiltonCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesday, July 2 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, July 3, 9 a.m. to noon This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

O'Net Ability Profiler: Call to Schedule O*Net is a career exploration tool that helps individuals plan work livelihoods using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed and to identify occupations that fit an individual’s strengths. This workshop requires five or more participants to run.

Community College Adviser Discuss your college options and explore college choices based on your interests and career goals. Call Randy Berry at 207-740-0112 or email him at rberry@cmcc.edu for an appointment.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

BRUNSWICK—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMidcoastCareerCenter or call 373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are available to the public at no charge and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today’s job market.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: Wednesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Job Interviewing Workshop: Wednesday, July 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

GATEways to Employment: Thursdays, July 10 and 24, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you’ll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market. (Please Note: Maine Job Bank registration/account required)

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Essentials of College Planning Workshop: Tuesday, July 1 and 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free workshops for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, http://meoc.maine.edu .

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 373-4000 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provide public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July Events at the Presque Isle CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 760-6300; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces July programming for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also “like” the CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Presque-Isle-CareerCenter/272239134751?ref=br_tf . Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Creating Winning Resumes: July 2, 9,16, 23 and 30, 9 a.m. Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

Financial Aid: July 9, 23 and 30, 9 a.m. Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-373 or at http://meoc.maine.edu .

Computer Boot Camp Workshop #3: July 11, 9 a.m. Do you have difficulty working with computers? Would you like to spruce up your technological skills? This class can help, but advance registration is required for this class. Call today and reserve your seat for the next computer boot camp. Contact Pete Lento at 760-6318.

Gateways to Employment: July 18, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search!

Gateways to Employment (Houlton): July 22, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search! The workshop will be held at the Houlton Higher Ed Center, 18 Military Street in Houlton.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History: July 25, 9 a.m. Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout July and will be offering a mini job fair on July 7. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. Between five and ten employers will be hiring at the fair. The employers scheduled to participate to date are Western Maine Driving Academy, HW Staffing, Sequel Youth Services, Tradesmen International, and Xerox. Job openings include production, customer service representatives, sheet metal workers and driving instructors.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, like the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

GATEway to Employment – July 10 or July 24, 2 to 4 p.m. – Offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #1: "Four Generations in the Workplace" –July 3, 9 a.m. to noon – Whether throughout the application process or in a work setting, you will encounter people from all four generations making up our workforce. Learn more about what drives workers from the different generations: how they think and how they approach work and life. What you learn could very well impact your job search and your success in your next position. We will also discuss LinkedIn and how to use it effectively in job search. Bring your laptop or tablet to access your LinkedIn profile during this conversation.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – July 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and July 23, 2 to 5 p.m. – An in-depth exploration of job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. The July 10 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The July 23 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – July 11, 10 to 11 a.m. – Do you have a criminal back ground? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2: Displacement Day: When My Job Was Looking for Job...A Reference Guide to Finding Work – July 17, 9 a.m. to noon – Thomas Dowd received the call nobody wanted: “We’re downsizing.” What could have been a devastating day, immediately turned into a journey toward this next book, which was released in March. The award-winning author found the inspiration to start the learning process all over again to land in a better place in just 59 days by using methods he teaches others from his coaching and training experience. This meeting will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn. A short presentation, book reading and discussion on the job-search process, followed by a book signing.

Job Search Skills – July 24, 9 to 11 a.m. – It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Mock Job Interviews – July 15, 9 to 11 a.m. – You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Maintaining Self-Confidence – July 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to noon – Has long-term unemployment got you down? Do you feel your confidence lagging? Attend this three-session class to help you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools that can help you to keep your confidence strong throughout your job search. Call Laurie at 753-6612 to register.

Career Decision Making – July 7 and 11, and July 21 and 25 – This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

Training & Education Resources and Information

Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. Applications are screened and determined initially eligible, then they are entered into a random selection process. We will be accepting applications between June 23 and July 3, 2014. Applications are available at http://www.mainecareercenter.com and at your local CareerCenter. Several orientations to learn more about the CSSP program will be held the weeks of June 23 and June 30. Please call 753-9005 to register for an orientation.

Training Orientation is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x 1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults – Basic steps for successful college enrollment. Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Please bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – July 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m. – For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the third Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, July 1 and 15, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump-start your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, July 16, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, July 23, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, July 30, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before.

The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offers no-cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.

Rockland CareerCenter is at 91 Camden St. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Free Workplace Safety Training Courses in July Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

Courses offered in Augusta and Bangor.

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s SafetyWorks! training and safety consultation program announces free training courses for July.

“Summer brings construction and working outdoors, and we want employees to be prepared to work safely in these environments. That’s why our no-charge SafetyWorks! training courses are ideal,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “These training courses will help keep our workers safe, and help Maine’s employers be proactive about preventing injuries.”

All courses are held in SafetyWorks! Training Institute (STI) at the Central Maine Commerce Center, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted. To register, call (207) 623-7900 or register online at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . Businesses with several employees requiring the same training course should contact SafetyWorks! to ask about the free onsite training program.

To learn more about SafetyWorks! like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/SafetyWorks/113678682016008?v=wall .

Back Injury Prevention

July 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The typical back-related injury is one of the most common injuries. While most of the injuries occur at work, some happen off the job. This program will go over the anatomy of the back, causes of back-related injuries and ways to reduce back-related injuries.

Public Sector: Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS)

July 14, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

This program is for municipal employers, managers and employees (state and county welcome) and is an overview of public sector employer responsibilities, enforcement procedures and proper actions to take when visited by the Bureau of Labor Standards.

Bloodborne Pathogens Train-the-Trainer

July 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If your job responsibilities involve occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, this course is for you. This class will instruct you on how the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910. 1030) applies to non-healthcare employers. This training is designed to provide an understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, methods of prevention, developing an exposure control plan, and required training for employees. Training materials will be provided.

Trenching the Excavation

July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter

You will learn the dangers to employees, soil classifications, OSHA requirements, and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by "competent person. "

Machine Guarding

July 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants in this class will learn about the standards for metal and woodworking machines, as well as various machine guarding techniques. We will be applying basic guarding practices when specific issues aren't covered in the regulation. OSHA Subpart O will be covered.

Safety Officer Training

July 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This training is designed for the new Safety Officer. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, OSHA regulations, facility inspections, required training, and policies and procedures.

Fire Extinguisher/Emergency Action Plan

July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In this class you will learn about Emergency Action Plans, as well as various types of fire extinguishers and how to maintain them. This is a hands-on class. Those attending this class should come prepared to discharge a fire extinguisher.

Video Display Terminal Train-the-Trainer July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Maine's Video Display Terminal (VDT) law requires employers to train VDT operators how to work safely at the computer. This class will prepare trainers, supervisors, and safety team members to recognize the hazards VDT operators are exposed to and eliminate them.

Public Works Safety Series July 30 and 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This series is based on the most common types of hazards and injuries occurring in Maine public works departments. This class is intended for public sector employees only. Class runs from 8:30-4:30 on day one and 8:30-12:30 on day two.

SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

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July Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

June 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2014 Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

SPRINGVALE – The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.

Resume Workshop – Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the basics of resume writing and learn how to promote the qualifications you have that directly match what the employer needs. Registration is required.

York County "NetWorks" – Join us as we continue our updated workshop format and take your job search to the next level by utilizing the power of networking. We will start off our morning with brief introductions over coffee then begin this interactive workshop.

Human Resource Panel – Tuesday, July 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon Three Human Resources Directors from local businesses will provide an overview of their companies; discuss the “ins-and-outs” of resume and job application reviews, their job interview process and appropriate follow-up techniques. Call 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 to register for the York County Works Human Resource Panel Discussion.

Essentials of College Planning Workshop – Monday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Randi Paine from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will be offering a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering topics on College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. The instructor will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Space is limited. Please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC’s website, meoc.maine.edu.

Interview Workshop – Tuesday, July 15, 9 a.m. to noon Learn new interviewing techniques by role-playing interviews. Registration required.

GATEways to Employment – Monday, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon Join us for the beginning installment of our “workshop trilogy.” Learn how assessments can identify abilities, interests and skills and discover the unadvertised job market. Other topics include job search strategies, resumes, cover letter tips and interviewing. Registration is required.

Employer Recruitments for July – please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com for additions and updates.

Springborn Staffing – Monday, July 14, 8:30 to 11 a.m. A representative from Springborn Staffing will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. Openings are available for experienced production, assembly and warehouse personnel. Applicants must have reliable transportation. Please bring two valid forms of ID and resume to interview. Health insurance benefits are available.

Leddy Group – Tuesday, July 8 and 22, 8:30 to 11 a.m. A representative from Leddy Group will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. No appointment needed.

CoWorx – Every Thursday in July (except July 3) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A CoWorx representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale for openings in York County. No appointment needed.

Adecco Staffing – Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An Adecco representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale. Current openings are in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment required.

The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in July:

Women Unlimited – Non-Traditional Occupations Specialist consultations for those interested in exploring non-traditional occupations (NTO) for women and who are considering a potentially better-paying job. Contact Sue LeClair, NTO specialist at 215-6992.

-Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.

-Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Ruth Graves in Saco at 286-1722.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "York County Maine CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "York County Maine CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "York CareerCenter."

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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July and August Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters Bookmark and Share

June 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2014 Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

WASHINGTON COUNTY—Start the summer with a new career! For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Machias and Calais CareerCenters will be offering a variety of programs for jobseekers this summer.

“By taking advantage of the no-charge workshops at our CareerCenters, job seekers can improve their chances at landing the position they want,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can teach you not only how to improve your resume, but also show you new places to look for jobs and connect you with HR managers who provide the inside scoop on what employers are looking for in candidates. I encourage you to get the information you need to compete in today’s job market.”

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of no-charge services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. CareerCenters can assist businesses, recruit employees and can offer workshops at their worksite at no cost to the business.

To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session July 2 and August 6, 2 p.m., Calais CareerCenter; July 24, 9 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? GATEways to Employment is a great opportunity for you! Come and share your ideas and experiences with other job seekers. This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! To register call Michelle at 1-800-292-8929.

Essentials of College Planning presented by MEOC August 5, 10 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

This workshop will survey the basic steps for successful college enrollment. The session will discuss college and trade school options in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. During the session we will review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges for each participant, and, if appropriate, will complete the financial aid form. This session is designed to set the stage for future enhanced workshops or individual counseling sessions. Participants should bring 2012 1040 tax form (or income estimates for 2012) and any high school/GED and college transcripts. To register for a MEOC Workshop call 1-800-281-3703.

The CareerCenter, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias and One College Drive in Calais, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Three Maine Businesses Recognized for Workplace Safety Bookmark and Share

July 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Classic Boat Shop, the Hinckley Company and Pleasant River Pine receive SHARP certification

AUGUSTA—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that three businesses have earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP), bringing Maine’s total SHARP worksites to 70.

Classic Boat Shop in Bernard, the Hinckley Company in Trenton and Pleasant River Pine in Hancock have voluntary undertaken rigorous safety achievement programs. Their acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes these businesses as models for worksite safety and health standards.

“Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We congratulate these three businesses for earning SHARP certification. They demonstrate to their industry peers that making safety a priority pays off for everyone.”

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, “SHARP companies know that a safer facility is not only good for Maine workers, but also good for their businesses. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers’ comp costs.”

To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an onsite health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data. After awarding the SHARP designation, OSHA removes the worksite from its general scheduled inspection list for two years. If the company continues to meet all conditions of the program, the SHARP designation may be renewed for another two years.

Fewer than 2,000 worksites in the United States have earned SHARP certification.

Employers interested in learning more about the SHARP designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.

SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year.

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USDOL Awards Maine $4.85 Million Grant to Expand Training for Jobs in Demand Bookmark and Share

July 7, 2014

Grant expands industry partnerships and targets long-term unemployed and New Mainers

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA— The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is awarding the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services a $4.85 million job-training grant. The Job-Driven National Emergency Grant (JD-NEG) will be used to build and expand upon successful industry partnerships and to establish a customized approach to training, with the goal of reconnecting long-term unemployed and New Mainers to the state’s workforce.

“Maine’s status as the ‘oldest state’ presents a significant challenge in meeting both short- and long-term workforce needs,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We don’t have enough younger workers to replace retiring baby boomers. We need to ensure that people who have lost jobs or who want to work are retrained and provided with the skills and certifications that employers in growing industries demand. This grant will target people who need to rejoin the workforce, helping businesses meet their needs for employees and grow our economy. We need every Mainer.”

Maine’s population is the oldest in the nation with 51 percent of our workers aged 45 or older. The number of young people entering the labor force lags the number aging out, reflecting a continuation of aging trends that have been underway for more than two decades due to the decline in births per year after 1990. To fill the workforce gaps, Maine must connect individuals who are not now or are only marginally attached to the workforce with the skills to fill in-demand occupations.

“Maine’s in-demand occupations require explicit, complex and sophisticated skills, making it difficult for people who have lost jobs in one industry to transfer to jobs in growing sectors,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “We need to re-engage workers who have been disconnected and integrate New Mainers with foreign credentials into high-demand sectors, particularly health care. This grant will do that by targeting specific populations and key industries.”

Paquette explained that, “New Mainers face a number of barriers to getting a job here. They lack information about our work culture and professional organizations, they may need courses in English or accent reduction and they need to know how to transfer their degree to meet our professional licensing requirements. This grant will help eliminate some of these barriers.”

In addition, the grant will build and expand upon successful industry partnerships and establish a customized approach to reconnecting the long-term unemployed and New Mainers to the workforce. This approach will involve substantial employer engagement with specific employers that have current, unfilled openings. The department will partner with Local Workforce Investment Boards to facilitate customized training approaches that address immediate employer needs and the needs of the long-term unemployed. Job-driven workforce academies for specific companies and industries that have reported a demand for entry and mid-level skilled workers will be a major focus of the grant.

Workforce academies will be comprised of tiered levels of industry-specific training beginning with basic skill blocks. That initial tier will teach customer service, professionalism, safety training, basic computer skills, basics of industry terminology, team building and communication skills as well as explore career pathways within the industry. The academy training will then progress in tiers to other training options including customized training opportunities specific to an individual employer’s identified needs, industry-recognized certificate or credential training for occupations in high-demand within an industry sector and company-provided on-the-job training or registered apprenticeship. Workforce academies in areas of Maine where the majority of New Mainers reside will be expanded to include modules specifically designed to meet their specific educational needs.

The grant application identified several work-based training projects. These include training for positions at St. Croix Tissue in Washington County, training welders in central Maine, and training HVAC natural gas installation and maintenance technicians throughout the state; implementing a ten-week pre-apprenticeship construction workforce academy using Cianbro’s in-house training facility; developing health care workforce academies and new health care apprenticeships; and training new composite technicians through on-the-job-training for Maine’s boat-building industry.

The two-year grant will begin implementation July 1, 2014 and run through June 30, 2016.

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USDOL Awards Maine $819,433 for Meeting Workforce System and Adult Education Performance Goals Bookmark and Share

July 8, 2014

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Maine one of only eight states to meet targets

AUGUSTA—The Maine Departments of Education and Labor and the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) have been awarded a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Incentive Grant of $819,433 based on performance in federal Program Year 12 (July 2012 through June 2013). Only eight states met their objectives and earned such a grant. Maine last qualified for an incentive grant 12 years ago.

The award is based on the performance of all of the statewide Adult Education Programs and all of the partners in the workforce development system, specifically the Department of Labor and its CareerCenters and the service providers that work through the CareerCenter system and the Local Workforce Investment Boards. The service providers are Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Aroostook County Action Program, Western Maine Community Action and Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

“I have made it a priority to implement reforms in our systems that result in better outcomes for our citizens,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Giving Mainers the tools to enter a good-paying career should be the focus of our training and adult education dollars. This grant recognizes the progress we have made toward meeting that goal, but we have more work to do.”

The performance-related goals used to determine a state’s eligibility status included employment after training and related services, retention in employment and improvements in literacy levels and other measures. After review of the performance data submitted by states to USDOL and the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), USDOL and USDOE each determined which states exceeded their performance levels for its respective program(s). States that exceeded performance levels for both programs were deemed eligible to apply for and receive an incentive grant award.

“The Governor’s leadership was key to driving system improvements,” said Fred Webber, chairman of the State Workforce Investment Board. “The SWIB, under his guidance, provided policy and performance oversight. The work was carried out by our system partners—Local Workforce Investment Boards and service providers—as well as the staff of the Bureau of Employment Services in the Department of Labor and Adult Ed in the Department of Education.”

Commissioner Jeanne Paquette noted, “Our staff focused on managing the performance of the systems. This is a team effort, and it is paying off in increased investment in job training and implementing adult education best practices to the benefit of Maine’s citizens.”

Commissioner of Education James Rier stated, “We have worked hard to meet literacy goals and to collaborate with the Department of Labor and the State Workforce Investment Board to make Maine’s workforce development system the best it can be. These funds will be used to continue that alignment through competitive grants that focus on collaboration, innovation and best practices.”

Both MDOL and MDOE collaborated on the proposal that was approved by USDOL. The state will use the grant to fund industry partnership activities, recently articulated in the WIA State Plan, and adult literacy. The grant will be awarded statewide to successful sub-grantee applicants through a competitive grant program that is investment oriented and demand driven.

“With Adult Education in DOE providing academic instruction and DOL administering the regional competitive grant and providing data analysis and technical assistance to applicants, we expect to see improved training outcomes with industry-recognized credentials, as well as increases in adult literacy and numeracy and increased wages for trainees,” said Webber.

The grant aims to improve alignment between the workforce development and education systems—all goals of Maine’s current WIA State Plan—with 75 percent of the incentive funds going towards training. The remaining 25 percent will be used for the grant’s project performance and administration. The state has two years to spend the funds (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016). Information on the regional grant opportunities will be available in fall 2014.

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Maine CareerCenters Launch 'Success Story' Blog To Aid Job Seekers Bookmark and Share

July 9, 2014

Stories of clients who found confidence and success through CareerCenters may inspire others

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2014

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA—The CareerCenters of the Maine Department of Labor, part of the Bureau of Employment Services, has launched a new blog that shares stories of job seekers who have successfully accessed resources at CareerCenters throughout the state. The blog illustrates how staff can help job seekers jump start a search or decide on a new career direction. The blog is available at http://careercenterme.blogspot.com/ .

“Many people who are looking for work don’t know where to turn for assistance, and they can become discouraged if they have been unemployed for a long time,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters provide a true 'hand up', rather than a hand out. These success stories illustrate how asking for help can lead to positive changes. CareerCenters provide many resources, and these stories will inspire job seekers to take advantage of them. Our expert staff can provide the boost of confidence you need to take the next step.”

Using the stories of real Maine residents at different stages in their careers, the blog provides examples of the many programs and types of services people have used to get a job, change careers, access training or simply get out of a rut in their job search.

The initial posts include a story of a woman named Victoria who, with the help of the CareerCenter staff, is retraining after 35 years as a medical assistant; a client named Deb who said "the CareerCenter helped me know I was not alone" and another story of a woman named Amanda who gained a long-lasting mentorship and a way to get back to school at the CareerCenter after being laid off for the first time.

This blog will post stories periodically about clients who have gained the confidence to go back to school or find jobs.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are provided at no charge.

Call 1-888-457-8883 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Department of Labor Assisting Helen’s Restaurant in Machias Bookmark and Share

July 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2014
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Rapid Response will help workers left jobless by fire

MACHIAS – The Rapid Response team of the Maine Department of Labor has contacted the owners of Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. Workers who will be out of a job while the business plans for its future may be eligible for unemployment benefits and other services.

“Helen’s is a Maine landmark. Open year-round, the restaurant is also a local institution and gathering place. This is a true loss for the owners, David and Julie Barker, as well as the Down East community,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Staff from the Machias CareerCenter are reaching out to help all those affected get through the challenges the fire caused. Machias is a close-knit community and they support one another.”

The Machias CareerCenter will be the point of contact for those affected by the fire. CareerCenter staff will be meeting with the owners on Monday to set up informational sessions for employees. The CareerCenter, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

The Rapid Response program of the Bureau of Employment Services assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures, including temporary or permanent closures due to fires or natural disasters. The Department of Labor can advise and assist employers and employees with information about their rights, responsibilities and obligations during such an event to safeguard the economic stability of workers and the surrounding community.

To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and jobseekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.com/ .

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 5.5 Percent in June Bookmark and Share

July 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2014 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192

State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released June workforce estimates, noting the unemployment rate was down and the employment to population ratio was up over the last year. Job growth was spread across a number of sectors.

Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for June was the lowest since August 2008. The estimate is down from 5.7 percent in May and 6.7 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 8,200 over the year to 39,300.

The share of the population that is employed was estimated at 61.6 percent, well above the U.S. average of 59.0 percent. June was the 81st consecutive month the employment to population ratio was above the national average.

The U.S. unemployment rate estimate declined to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in May and 7.5 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 5.7 percent. Rates for other states were 4.4 percent in New Hampshire, 3.5 percent in Vermont, 5.5 percent in Massachusetts, 7.9 percent in Rhode Island, and 6.7 percent in Connecticut.

Labor force and unemployment data for the state, counties, and labor market areas is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .

Payroll Survey Estimates – The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for June is 611,400, up 8,000 from one year ago. Private sector jobs were up 8,800, primarily in the leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, and education and healthcare sectors. Those gains were partially offset by a decline of 800 jobs in government.

Nonfarm payroll jobs data for the state and three metropolitan areas is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June, down from 6.6 percent one year ago. Not seasonally adjusted rates ranged from 4.1 percent in Cumberland County to 7.7 percent in Aroostook and Washington Counties. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.

Among metro areas the unemployment rate was below the statewide average in Portland-South Portland-Biddeford (4.1 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (4.9 percent) and at the statewide average in Bangor (5.1 percent).

This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .

July estimates will be released Monday, August 18. The Data Release Schedule is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html .

NOTES:

  1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including unemployment and employment to population ratios for Maine tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (to be published in March 2015) will eliminate those directional patterns. A comparison of preliminary and annually revised unemployment rates is available at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2014/03/workforce-data-revisions-part-1.html .

  2. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month. Estimates for the period from October 2013 to September 2014 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2015. The job count is likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates.

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Blueberry Rakers’ Center to Open in Washington County Bookmark and Share

July 22, 2014

Resource center opening August 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA—With the blueberry harvest underway, Maine Department of Labor staff are again partnering with other governmental and community service organizations to host the Rakers’ Center in Washington County. The official opening is August 4, and the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The facility provides migrant farm workers and their families with access to a variety of resources including legal and employment advice, access to medical care, information on educational resources for children of migrant workers and guidance in applying for other services.

The center will be open August 4 to 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and August 11 to 15 and 18 to 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rakers’ Center will close on August 19. A food pantry provided by the Maine Migrant Health Program is also located on site and will open August 3.

This year the Rakers’ Center is located on the Epping Road in Columbia, next to Columbia Town Hall. For more information, workers are encouraged to call the Rakers’ Center at 207-483-6587.

The Rakers’ Center opens annually during the peak of the blueberry picking season and serves more than 1,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers who are employed in the blueberry harvest. It has been recognized nationwide as a model program because of the centralized services offered.

This month, the Department of Labor posted its updated resource guide for migrant workers on the Maine Monitor Advocate page on the department’s website, http://www.maine.gov/labor/laborlaws/mainemonitor_advocate.html .

For more information about migrant workers issues, contact the Maine Department of Labor at 207-623-7900 or visit the Maine Monitor Advocate webpage.

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Department of Labor Offering Classes for Employers in Bangor on July 31 Bookmark and Share

July 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for two employment law courses in Bangor on July 31

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is taking its no-charge courses for employers on the road to the greater Bangor area this month.

“We want to make it convenient for employers to learn about what they need to do to comply with the law. We know it is hard on small businesses when staff have to travel for training,” said Paul R. LePage. “When employers know how to do the right thing, it makes their business a better place to work. That helps all Mainers.”

These courses are held at no-charge to the employer and are designed for small business owners and staff who have responsibility for managing human resources or payroll functions.

The popular course that educates employers and the public about regulations governing the workplace, “Laws Governing Workplace Rights,” will be held at the Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3 in Bangor on July 31. The first class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

This course covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave and domestic violence) and break requirements. It addresses commonly asked employment-related questions and offers participants an opportunity to ask questions. The course also includes a discussion of employer services offered by the CareerCenters.

Employers interested in registering for either course can learn more and register at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited so reservations are required.

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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Department of Labor Offering Recordkeeping Class for Employers in Westbrook on August 14 Bookmark and Share

July 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the class on OSHA recordkeeping in Westbrook on August 14

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is taking its no-charge injury-recordkeeping course for employers on the road to Cumberland County in August.

“It’s hard on small businesses when staff have to travel for training. The Department is making it more convenient for employers to learn about what they need to do to comply with the law,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “When employers know how to do the right thing, their business are better places to work. That helps all Mainer employees.”

These courses are held at no charge to the employer and are designed for small business owners and staff who have responsibility for managing human resources.

The course, “OSHA Recordkeeping,” will teach employers how to document workplace injuries and illnesses. The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 in the public safety building at 570 Main Street in Westbrook.

This class provides a thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. Participants learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to their organizations. This class includes several hands-on activities covering how to fill out the required injury reporting forms correctly.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited so reservations are required.

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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August Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout August and will be offering a mini job fair on August 4. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. More than ten employers will be hiring at the fair.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, like the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

GATEway to Employment – August 7 or August 21, 2 to 4 p.m. – Offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #1: "LinkedIn and Your Job Search" –August 7, 9 a.m. to noon – Are you using LinkedIn to its fullest capacity? Are you finding job leads on it? Are you engaging in conversations through LinkedIn? Is your LinkedIn profile getting the attention you want? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. We will have a few laptops available for your use but if you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it so that you can access your account during the workshop.

Applications and Resumes for Non/Limited English Speakers – August 14, 9 to 11 a.m. – This workshop will be offered in Somalia and will cover job applications and resumes.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – August 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and August 20, 2 to 5 p.m. – An in-depth exploration of job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. The August 14 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The August 20 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – August 8, 10 to 11 a.m. – Do you have a criminal back ground? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Mock Job Interviews – August 12, 9 to 11 a.m. – You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2: "The Top Ten Worst Job Search Tips Ever" – August 21, 9 a.m. to noon – This workshop will certainly be entertaining but most importantly, you will gain information and insights critical to a successful job search. Presented by Melissa Suey, Career and Leadership Coach, Red Sky Leadership.

Job Search Skills – August 28, 10 a.m. to noon – It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Career Decision Making – August 4 and 8, and August 18 and 22 – This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

Training & Education Resources and Information

Training Orientation is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x 1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults – Basic steps for successful college enrollment. Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Please bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Introduction to Self-Employment – August 21, 10 a.m. to noon – This introductory two-hour workshop will help you decide if self-employment is right for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed to get started, the major elements of a business plan and the many resources avail to help you.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – August 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. – For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the third Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

BRUNSWICK—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMidcoastCareerCenter or call 373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are available to the public at no charge and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today’s job market.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Job Interviewing Workshop: Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

GATEways to Employment: Thursdays, August 8 and 22, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you’ll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market. (Please Note: Maine Job Bank registration/account required)

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Essentials of College Planning Workshop: Tuesday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free workshops for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, meoc.maine.edu .

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 373-4000 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provide public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, August 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump-start your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, August 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, August 13, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, August 27, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Job Seekers' Group: Monday, August 11 and 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m. An informal group where job seekers can share ideas and assistance. No sign-up necessary, just show up.

Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before.

The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offers no-cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.

Rockland CareerCenter is at 91 Camden St. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Workshops at the Presque Isle CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 760-6300; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces August programming for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also “like” the CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Presque-Isle-CareerCenter/272239134751?ref=br_tf . Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Computer Boot Camp Workshop: August 1 and 15, 9 a.m. Do you have difficulty working with computers? Would you like to spruce up your technological skills? Entrance into the class by appointment only. Call today and reserve your seat for the next computer boot camp. Contact Pete Lento at 207-760-6318

Creating Winning Resumes: August 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m. Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

Education and Training for Veterans: August 5, 9 a.m. Come in and speak with our Veteran’s Representative to discuss what educational and training opportunities are available to you.

Financial Aid: August 6,13 and 20, 9 a.m. Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-373 or at http://meoc.maine.edu .

Interviewing 101: August 20, 1 p.m. Interviewing processes are consistently changing in format. Come in to discuss techniques that could help you get through your interview and land that job.

Gateways to Employment: August 22, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search!

Gateways to Employment (Houlton): August 26, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search! The workshop will be held at the Houlton Higher Ed Center, 18 Military Street in Houlton.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History: August 29, 9 a.m. Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WILTON—For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in August.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Wilton CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WiltonCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesday, August 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to noon This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, August 7, 9 a.m. to noon This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

Resumes and Interview Skills: Call to Schedule An in-depth exploration of the job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out positively by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Call us at 645-5800 to check our schedule of dates and times and schedule a workshop.

O'Net Ability Profiler: Call to Schedule O*Net is a career exploration tool that helps individuals plan work livelihoods using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed and to identify occupations that fit an individual’s strengths. This workshop requires five or more participants to run.

Community College Adviser Discuss your college options and explore college choices based on your interests and career goals. Call Randy Berry at 207-740-0112 or email him at rberry@cmcc.edu for an appointment.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

SKOWHEGAN—Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in August.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment—Monday, August 4 and 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will provide more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include how to tap into the "hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Resume I and Cover Letter Writing—Tuesday, August 5, 1 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.

Successful Interviewing Skills—Tuesday, August 12, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults—Wednesdays, July 9 and 23, 10 a.m. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year’s income tax forms to this appointment. Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter. It is the same building but go through the DHHS entrance doors.

CareerCenter Application Session Our CareerCenter Consultants assist people with their job searches, career decision making and training plans. If you are interested in obtaining more one-on-one assistance from a CareerCenter Consultant, contact the CareerCenter at 474-4950 to make an appointment and get the list of required documents to bring.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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August Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

SPRINGVALE – The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.

Resume Workshop – Tuesday, August 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the basics of resume writing and learn how to promote the qualifications you have that directly match what the employer needs. Registration is required.

Essentials of College Planning Workshop – Monday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Randi Paine from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will be offering a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering topics on College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. The instructor will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Space is limited. Please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC’s website, meoc.maine.edu.

Interview Workshop – Tuesday, August 19, 9 a.m. to noon Learn new interviewing techniques by role-playing interviews. Registration required.

GATEways to Employment – Monday, August 25, 9 a.m. to noon Join us for the beginning installment of our “workshop trilogy.” Learn how assessments can identify abilities, interests and skills and discover the unadvertised job market. Other topics include job search strategies, resumes, cover letter tips and interviewing. Registration is required.

York County "NetWorks" – Join us as we continue our updated workshop format and take your job search to the next level by utilizing the power of networking. We will start off our morning with brief introductions over coffee then begin this interactive workshop.

- York County Works - Creating a Profile on USAJOBS.gov - Tuesday, August 26, 9 a.m. to noon. During this session, staff will provide you with tips on how to use usajobs.gov to apply for federal openings. After we complete the process, we will continue to discuss tips, leads and share strategies. Remember, it only takes one piece of information to lead you to your next opportunity! This session is targeted to Veterans and space will be limited as we will be using laptops to assist you in creating your profile. Call 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 to reserve your seat for this workshop.

Employer Recruitments for August– please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com for additions and updates.

- Advanced Marketing Solutions – Monday, August 4, 1 to 5 p.m. A representative from Advanced Marketing Solutions will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. This exciting, expanding and inbound call center is seeking enthusiastic sales agents with or without experience. Applications, on-site interviews and paid training provided. Apply in person or email jobs@am220.com.

- Waban Projects – Thursday, August 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A representative will be at the York County CareerCenter hiring for the following positions: Supported Living Home Direct Support Professonals, CRMA - Per Diem Direct Support Professionals and Waiver Home Direct Support Professionals. No appointment necessary.

- Springborn Staffing – Monday, August 11 and 25, 8:30 to 11 a.m. A representative from Springborn Staffing will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. Openings are available for experienced production, assembly and warehouse personnel. Applicants must have reliable transportation. Please bring two valid forms of ID and resume to interview. Health insurance benefits are available.

- CoWorx – Wednesday, August 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A CoWorx representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale for openings in York County. No appointment needed.

- Adecco Staffing – Every Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. An Adecco representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale. Current openings are in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment required.

The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in August:

Women Unlimited – Non-Traditional Occupations Specialist consultations for those interested in exploring non-traditional occupations (NTO) for women and who are considering a potentially better-paying job. Contact Sue LeClair, NTO specialist at 215-6992.

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Ruth Graves in Saco at 286-1722.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "York County Maine CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "York County Maine CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "York CareerCenter."

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Department of Labor Seeks Employer Feedback on Drug-Testing Statute Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

Online survey available through August 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is soliciting the input of Maine businesses and other organizations regarding the current statute governing employee-testing for alcohol and drug use in the workplace. Businesses interested in participating in the survey must contact the department to receive a survey invitation; invitations are limited to one per business or organization.

During the last legislative session, the department proposed LD 1669, “An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers to Provide a Drug-free Workplace,” which did not pass; however, during the discussions, a number of issues were raised concerning drug testing in the workplace. As a result, the department is seeking feedback to formulate future changes to the law and its rules to address employer and employee concerns. Employers wanting to enact a drug-testing program must have a policy approved by the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards, with the exception of federally covered employees.

"Employers are struggling with issues related to substance use and abuse in the workplace. Our labor laws should provide clarity and support safety for workers and customers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. “While the legislature chose not to make needed improvements to the law, employers are continuing to ask more and more questions. The department wants to make the right changes to ensure that employers and their customers, other employees and equipment are protected from dangerous situations. This survey will help them do that. I encourage all employers, whether they drug test or not, to participate in this survey.”

The department has solicited participation in the survey from all the employers with approved drug-testing policies, insurance providers and organizations with a relationship to the issue, including medical marijuana organizations and providers. Those interested in taking the survey should email Mark Dawson, mark.dawson@maine.gov, in the Bureau of Labor Standards. The online survey takes about 30 minutes to answer; it asks questions about different provisions of the law and asks for suggestions for changes. The survey will be available online through August 15, 2014.

Maine law currently requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants and/or employees for substance abuse to develop and file a drug-testing policy with the Bureau of Labor Standards. The bureau reviews this policy to ensure compliance with state laws and rules before officially approving the policy, which then allows the employer to put it into effect. Prior feedback has indicated that the mandated costs are prohibitive for many small- and medium-sized employers, which deters many employers from implementing a policy.

Maine’s substance-testing law is an outlier in a number of ways. Maine is the only state that does not allow probable-cause testing for the first accident; fully exempts employers who have just one employee subject to federal testing; and requires employers to pay for any EAP or uncovered drug rehab costs.

More information on Maine’s workplace drug-testing laws is available on the Department of Labor’s website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/laborlaws/substanceabuse_testing/ .

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Maine Department of Labor Proposes Rules Changes to Assist Students in Career and Technical Education Programs Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

Call for public comment on changes to training programs for minors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is calling for public comment on proposed changes to rules surrounding job training programs for minors. The public hearing will be held on August 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the SafetyWorks! Institute at the Department of Labor Building, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta.

The purpose of the proposed change is to allow students enrolled in approved Career and Technical educational programs to train on specific equipment, located at a business, that is necessary for their course of study. Because of the size and expense of some modern, standard industrial equipment, CTE schools cannot afford to purchase or maintain that equipment solely for training students. The changes would allow students to train on the equipment at a business under strict supervision. Businesses hosting the training will have to comply with a number of conditions under the proposed rules.

“Many technical educational programs are at a disadvantage because some of our labor laws have not kept up with the changes in technology and job training,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “These changes will keep students safe but provide the opportunity to gain specific skills on updated equipment that our schools cannot afford to buy. This helps our students start on a great career and our businesses remain competitive.”

The proposed changes affect the “Rules Governing Hazardous Occupations for Minors Under the Age of Eighteen in Non-Agricultural Employment.” The link to the proposed rules is posted below. An accessible version will also be available.

“These changes are a result of collaboration between the Departments of Labor and Education,” said Commissioner of Education James Rier. “Our CTE students need access to training equipment so that the skills they learn in the CTE programs match the skills needed in their industries, and the Department of Labor responded.”

“The top priority is to keep students safe while using the equipment,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “We have built a number of provisions into the rules that require close collaboration and supervision between the business and the CTE staff. Employers training students must meet specific criteria to ensure safety and compliance. At the same time, the changes provide the employer with a highly-trained future workforce, so it is worth their investment of time and personnel to do it the right way from the start.”

There are a number of changes proposed, including redefining "Student Learner" to include the students in a CTE cooperative program; defining a “CTE-Student” as one who is enrolled in an approved CTE program offered from a CTE center or region as defined in Title 20-A M.R.S.A., Chapter 313, 8301-A, 8306-B, 8401 and 8451; and requiring the CTE program to maintain control over the educational experience including the schedule and educational performance deliverables through a written agreement.

The changes require not only that the CTE program include close supervision by an experienced adult who has direct line of sight and within the student’s hearing range but also that the CTE program provide basic safety training for the CTE student related to the selected program and field of work prior to the student performing work that would otherwise be prohibited by the rules. Per the changes, all apprentice, CTE student or student-learner programs must have a written agreement that provides a description of the job, processes, expectations, schedule of work and name of the individual; the employer and school coordinator or principal must sign the agreement.

The new rules also give guidance for situations where 17-year-old high-school graduates who have completed an approved training program but cannot currently be employed in a hazardous occupation due to their age. Under the proposed rules, the graduate may work in a hazardous occupation in which training under an apprentice or student-learner program has been completed as provided in this section, even though the youth is not yet 18 years of age. Federal law allows such employment. For example, this would allow a 17-year-old who graduates after completing several years of training to avoid waiting one to three months until his or her birthday to be employed in his or her trained profession—with that profession being one currently prohibited for individuals under the age of 18.

Last, the rules changes detail the definition, program overview and hazardous occupations for Junior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Persons, previously not identified under Title 26. A paid or volunteer junior emergency medical service person who is 16 or 17 years of age may partake in allowed activities as defined under the proposed rules and in accordance with the Maine Emergency Medical Service Act of 1982 (32 M.R.S.A. Chapter 2-B), and the Maine EMS Rules.

Written comment can also be submitted by September 3 by 4:30 p.m. to Susan Wasserott at Maine Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054 or 207-621-5096 or Susan.Wasserott@maine.gov .

These rules are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards. Additional information about employment laws in Maine are available at the Bureau of Labor Standards’ website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/bls/index.shtml .

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Supporting documents

Rules Governing Hazardous Occupations for Minors Under 18 in Non-Agricultural Employment

August Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

WASHINGTON COUNTY—End the summer with a new career! For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Machias and Calais CareerCenters will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers this August.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of no-charge services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. CareerCenters can assist businesses, recruit employees and can offer workshops at their worksite at no cost to the business.

To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session August 6, 2 p.m., Calais CareerCenter; August 28, 9 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? GATEways to Employment is a great opportunity for you! Come and share your ideas and experiences with other job seekers. This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! To register call Michelle at 1-800-292-8929.

Essentials of College Planning presented by MEOC August 5, 10 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

This workshop will survey the basic steps for successful college enrollment. The session will discuss college and trade school options in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. During the session we will review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges for each participant, and, if appropriate, will complete the financial aid form. This session is designed to set the stage for future enhanced workshops or individual counseling sessions. Participants should bring 2012 1040 tax form (or income estimates for 2012) and any high school/GED and college transcripts. To register for a MEOC Workshop call 1-800-281-3703.

Is Starting a Business For You? presented by CEI August 11 and 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

This workshop is geared specifically to help people who are considering starting their own business - now or in the future. Information will be given about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, issues to consider before and during the start-up phase, and tools and assistance available in Washington County and beyond. Other topics addressed include the importance of business planning, marketing basics, and business funding sources. While there is no cost for either workshop, only 20 seats are available for each session so advanced registration is required. To register, contact Dodie Emerson at 255-1933 or Atrica.S.Emerson@Maine.gov.

The CareerCenter, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias and One College Drive in Calais, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Department of Labor Offering Safety Classes for Employers in August Bookmark and Share

July 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers this month in Augusta.

“Safety helps both businesses and workers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “When employers and employees know how to do the right thing, businesses are better and safer places to work. This also helps our job creators retain and recruit employees while also lowering costs. It’s a win for everyone.”

These courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees to ensure and promote safety in the workplace. The courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Institute at the Maine Department of Labor on Commerce Drive in Augusta.

Public Works Safety Services - July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and July 31, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This two-day course is designed to cover numerous topics relating to public works type agencies, including workzone set up and flagging.

Ladder Safety - August 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. However, falls can be reduced if people use caution when climbing ladders or when working in places where falls are a potential hazard. This course will show participants how falls from ladders can be prevented through education that includes planning for their use, inspecting the ladder prior to use and using basic ladder safeguards.

Noise and Hearing Protection - August 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will cover effects of noise on hearing, hearing protection, health standards and OSHA requirements.

Auto Lift/Jack and Jack Stand Compliance - September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will cover types of automotive lifts, jacks and jack stands, proper use, inspection and compliance criterion.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited so reservations are required.

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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