Photo Caption: Roger Dargie, Owner of Safe Approach, Inc., a manufacturing facility in Poland, recently invited RSU 16 Adult Education students enrolled in Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) Ready2Work Manufacturing Program to tour the plant. The tour offered an on-site exploration of local manufacturing following their classroom instructions. Pictured (left to right): Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill, Roger Dargie, Roland Young, Jamie Dubois, Career Advisor Katie Paiton and James Francis. Photo courtesy of Dave Barnes.
Mechanic Falls – Five students enrolled at RSU 16 Adult Education in Mechanic Falls, recently participated in a Ready2Work Manufacturing Program. Students Jamie Dubois, James Francis, Ethan Sanborn, Terry Verrill and Roland Young successfully completed five weeks of intensive classes. The five-week, 100 hour course was funded by Western Maine Community Action (WMCA), a partner in the CareerCenter system. The training included an OSHA 10 Certification, computer literacy, and 60 hours of Work Readiness classes. Students gained the work readiness skills manufacturing employers are seeking. Mock interviews, tours and industry specific presentations were included as part of the curriculum. “Through this grant WMCA provides services to people in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset Counties,” shares Patti Saarinen, WMCA Program Site Coordinator in Lewiston. “Many of our services are designed for low to moderate income people and dislocated workers. Some services are available regardless of income.” FMI visit the Lewiston CareerCenter, 9 Mollison Way, Lewiston or call 753.9000, or toll-free 1.800.741.2991. Additional information available www.wmca.org.