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Governor LePage Announces Ricker Hamilton as Acting DHHS Commissioner

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:06 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 26, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the appointment of Ricker Hamilton, who now serves as Deputy Commissioner of Programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, as acting Commissioner of DHHS.

"I am pleased to appoint Ricker as acting commissioner of DHHS," said Governor LePage. "He has been actively involved in reforming welfare, improving services for the truly needy and bringing fiscal responsibility and accountability to a department that was plagued by massive shortfalls under previous administrations. Ricker will provide a wealth of experience and a steady hand to guide DHHS as the department continues to improve and reform the programs that are vital to so many Mainers."

Hamilton has 40 years of experience in management, program development, strategic planning and social work in programs that provide services for children and families, substance abuse, mental health, sexual assault and domestic violence, aging and disability and acute psychiatric care.

As Deputy Commissioner of Programs at DHHS since 2013, Hamilton has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He also served as program administrator for adult protective services at DHHS and as an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, where he developed a curriculum on elder abuse.

Hamilton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College in 1976 and his Master of Social Work degree from Boston College in 1984.

Additionally, the Governor announced Alec Porteous will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. Porteous joined the LePage Administration as deputy commissioner of finance in May 2014.

"Alec has a diverse background in the private and government sectors and has been integral in guiding the department to stable financial footing. He will continue to be a strong, reform-minded leader within the department," said Governor LePage.

Porteous previously worked as a policy advisor for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. on Wall Street reforms and the Consumer Protection Act. He also worked as an associate at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital to provide strategic and financial advice to clients, including Proctor & Gamble, Hormel and Unilever. Prior to joining DHHS, Porteous was vice president at Harpswell Capital Advisors in New Gloucester, Maine.

He also served from 2011 to 2013 as state office representative in Portland for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and as her campaign finance director during her 2013 reelection campaign. Porteous received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in 2002 and his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in 2007.



Land for Maine's Future Board Issues Call for New Proposals

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:26:08 EDT

AUGUSTA - The Land for Maine's Future Board announces a Call for Proposals for land conservation projects, with approximately $4.25 million in Land for Maine's Future (LMF) funds available for new projects.

Projects will be funded in the following categories: - Conservation and recreational lands - Farmland protection - Public access to Maine Waters, for boating, fishing and swimming

Proposals that seek to protect Deer Wintering Areas will receive priority consideration in scoring. These are habitat areas that provide shelter and food for white-tailed deer during months of severe cold and deep snow. This new emphasis on deer habitat originated in the statute which authorized the bond funds approved by voters in 2012.

At its May 16 meeting, the Board adopted guidelines for this funding round. Applicants are encouraged to read the "Proposal Workbook," which provides detailed instructions on program requirements, proposal submission and the scoring and evaluation process. The revised 2017 Workbook is posted on the LMF website at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lmf/index.shtml

Proposals will be accepted by the LMF program until 5:00 PM, September 1, 2017.

Eligible applicants include cities, towns and counties, state agencies and non-profit land conservation organizations. All proposals must be sponsored by one of the following state agencies: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

The LMF program works with citizens, land trusts, businesses, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and federal and state agencies to identify special lands to accomplish the State's goals for resource conservation and protection of working forests, farms and waterfronts. The program is administered by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and is supported by bonds approved by Maine voters.

For information contact: Sarah Demers, Director, Land for Maine's Future Program, sarah.demers@maine.gov, 207-287-7576




June Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:20:57 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2017Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-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."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, http://meoc.maine.edu .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Monday, June 19, 9 a.m. to noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call today to reserve a seat.**Career Exploration Workshop - Friday, June 23**This extensive and informative workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation Clients at the York County CareerCenter. VR clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths, and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, June 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required. Check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtm and our Facebook and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **Federal Employment Workshop - Thursday June 29 and Friday June 30, 9 a.m. to Noon**Do you want to apply for a federal job, but are not sure how to navigate USAJobs.com? Would you like assistance building a quality federal resume? Join us for an in-depth workshop designed to cover nearly every aspect of the updated USAJobs website, and federal job postings. This, instructor led, training will guided each attendee through the actual USAJobs website, on your personal laptop or one of our computers. This step-by-step workshop will cover: establishing a USAJobs account, reviewing job postings; identifying qualifications and requirements, a three part process for writing, building, or tailoring a federal resume, Veteran preference and more. Call today to reserve your seat**Employer Recruitments for June at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates: AtWork Personnel, CoWorx and MASIS, Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, noon to 3 p.m.**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**C[...]



Maine State Library Offers "Let's Talk About It" Book Group

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:08 EDT

The Maine State Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer "Let's Talk About It", a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library. This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council's Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series, The Passage of Time, the Meaning of Change, begins Tuesday, June 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library in Augusta and continues for a total of 5 sessions, through August 8th. Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett; Collected Lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay; One Man's Meat by E.B. White; As We Are Now by May Sarton; and The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute. Candace Kanes, independent historian and museum curator, will facilitate the discussions.
DateBook TitleAuthor
Tuesday, June 13The Country of the Pointed FirsSarah Orne Jewett
Tuesday, June 27Collected LyricsEdna St. Vincent Millay
Tuesday, July 11One Man's MeatE.B. White
Tuesday, July 25As We Are NowMay Sarton
Tuesday, August 8The Beans of Egypt, MaineCarolyn Chute


Each Tuesday session will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine State Library Studio on the third floor for approximately 90 minutes.

"Exploring ideas and issues through literature has a unique and fun way of creating community," said Nicole Rancourt, director of Let's Talk About It. "We find that there is great interest among adults in getting together to discuss what they've read with others. Having a discussion leader like Candace Kanes who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience."

Books for the program are available for loan at the Maine State Library. Please call the library at (207) 287-5600 to register by phone or email alison.l.maxell@maine.gov. Please provide us with your complete contact information including name, address, telephone and email. After you have registered, come in (as soon as you can!) to pick up your personal book bag containing all the books in the series. Registration limited to 25 so sign up early! For library hours and directions visit our website at: http://www.maine.gov/msl/about/hrsdirect.shtml

This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:34:07 EDT

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces June programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.**Job Fairs: Wednesday, June 7**- **Health Care Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.** - **Multiple-Industries Job Fair, Noon to 3 p.m.**June is when employers are looking for new graduates and serious job seekers to fill full-time and seasonal positions. Employers will be available to accept resumes and/or interview. A list of exhibitors can be found on the CareerCenter website at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Fridays, June 2 and 16, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers.Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop (CEW): Two-Day Workshop, June 5 and 6. Required assessment on June 1. **This extensive and informative two day workshop will be offered to Vocational Rehabilitation clients at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. **Pre-assessment is on June 1, 2017**. Vocational Rehabilitation clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesdays, June 14 and 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment, and provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed.If interested please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. Alternatively, you can view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, June 30, 9 to 11 a.m.**Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. In this workshop you will explore interview preparation and have the opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. You will learn how to make that great first impression to employers emphasizing your strengths and motivating employers to want to hire you. The workshop will give you tips on how to answer employer's tough interview questions, and is targeted for people just beginning the job search process or those who have not had success in finding work.Space is limited and preregistration is required. Please call 822-3300.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in June, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon**The group offers real time net[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:50 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or to upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume and cover letter writing software, Internet access, and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone. To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/washingtoncountycareercenters .**Manage Your Business with QuickBooks Reports - Friday, June 2, 9 a.m. to Noon**The reporting features of Quickbooks can help you as a business owner gain essential insight in learning to analyze how your business is doing so you can improve your business results. This SCORE workshop will help you drill down into your business details and show ways to improve profitability. To register call Sunrise County Economic Council at 207-255-0983. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited.**Recruitment Event: The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels, Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m. to Noon, Milbridge Public Library, 18 School St., Milbridge**Walk-in interviews and information session. The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels are hiring and will be at this recruitment event looking for employees. For information call Mike at 255-1916. **GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session, Every Tuesday**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? 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 Melanie at 1-800-292-8929. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.**Essentials of College Planning - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) services in particular and touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college options, the college search process and the application structure. The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness and study skills are discussed. For a schedule and to register for a MEOC Workshop, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**The Financial Aid Workshop provides an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding they need to complete their college degree. An emphasis w[...]



After Implementation of Time Limits, Former TANF Recipients Experienced Increase in Wages

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:23:03 EDT

AUGUSTA- Today, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Office of Policy and Management (OPM) released a preliminary study that researched the impacts of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program cash assistance lifetime limit of 60 months. This stems from the 2011 joint decision by Governor LePage and the legislature to reintroduce the federal time limit. The study evaluates the extent to which individuals were able to find employment, the total and average earnings resulting from that employment, and compares those numbers to the pre-policy period. OPM studied the group of 1,856 individuals who left Maine's TANF program during the second quarter of 2012 due to the 5 year time limit. The findings from this study show average wages for TANF leavers increased significantly following the implementation of the time limits. The findings also show a drastic increase in the number of individuals employed. "These findings further validate the message this Department promotes- the best way out of poverty is a job. Through the enforcement of TANF time limits, the Department is able to prioritize the temporary nature of the program; ensuring benefits are going to those Mainers who truly need it while promoting self-sufficiency and financial independence for able-bodied adults," said DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew. The study compared administrative data from the Maine DHHS with wage and employment records available at the Maine Department of Labor (DOL). In examining these individuals' subsequent employment and earnings, OPM was able to determine some of the following: • Individuals who had no record of working in the year prior to the reform, but who found employment after being required to leave TANF due to time limits, experienced a 240% increase in wages from the quarter the policy was implemented through the 2nd quarter of 2015 • Individuals with employment experienced an 84% wage increase over the study period, which ran from the year before the policy was implemented through the beginning of 2016 • That is 44% higher than their prior earnings and TANF benefits, combined • 84% increase in the average number of people in wage and salary employment per quarter compared to pre-policy period. "It is clear that following the TANF policy change, there was a trend of improvement in the wage and employment outcomes for individuals," said Paul Leparulo, Deputy Director of OPM. "We are pleased to share these findings with the LePage Administration and the State of Maine." This follows a similar study carried out by OPM last year. In 2016, OPM released their results from a study that researched the impacts of Governor LePage's 2014 welfare reform that required able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) on food stamps to work, volunteer or participate in training. Those findings showed that: • Average quarterly wages increased 77% within a year of being closed for non-compliance with the new requirements • The number with employment increased 21% • For the group as a whole, total wages increased 114% within a year of leaving the program "We are seeing positive outcomes following these reforms-higher levels of employment and average incomes among those working are now above the Federal Poverty Level-this is what we must continue to push for in Maine. We've empowered individuals to become stable and self-sufficient -lifting them out of poverty and restoring a work ethic that promotes prosperity and a stronger economy," said Commissioner Mayhew. The full report is available online: TANF Report 5-25-17 (*PDF) [...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:58:26 EDT

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2017Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces June programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."**Resume Information Seminar - First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing, how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer's attention, discover web sites for skills identification and learn how to produce a resume that will work for you. You will not have a resume in hand when you leave. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Interview Workshop - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Join us to find out how to have the Ultimate Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for an interview, discover what employers are looking for and follow-up advice that will help you land the position you truly want. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Gateway to Employment Workshop - Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m.**This is an overview of information on resumes, interviews, job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during your job search. **Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information and Registration Session - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon**This is an overview of services and programs available through WIOA to residents of the tri-county area to include intensive job search assistance, potential training opportunities and options like on-the-job training. It also includes eligibility requirements and information on accessing all of these services. Please complete your Maine JobLink registration prior to attending the workshop. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Essentials of College Planning and Financial Aid - Presented by MEOC - Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can call for an appointment or register online.**Steps for successful college enrollment, types of colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adults, admission requirements and financial aid overview and completion. Please bring your last year's income tax forms to the workshop. To register call 1-800-281-3703. http://meoc.maine.edu/workshops/Sign-up for our CareerCenter newsletter in the blue box labeled "Get Notified" at http://www.maine.gov/labor for a full listing of events, news, programs and updates! 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.Tri-County CareerCenter is located at 45 Oak St. in Bangor and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at 561-4050 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.-end-[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:34:24 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009WILTON-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. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."**Vocational Rehabilitation-Thursday, June 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m.**This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career 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). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.**Rumford Area Resume and Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, June 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.***Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME*Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, June 14, 1 to 3 p.m.**The workshop will cover the following topics:- Creating a Great Resume - Preparing for Your Interview - Preparing for a New JobThis workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. **Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, June 21, 2 to 4 p.m.***Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, ME*This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the third Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**Small Business Trainings-Call for more information**Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"Most of these workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 622-8555.This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives 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 their strengths.CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of servic[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:32:12 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017

Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

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

"In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. 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 - Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**SafetyWorks! Ladder Safety - Thursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.**

Come in and meet with local staffing agencies. Agencies represented will be Manpower, Tempo, Maine Staffing Group and People Ready.

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 207-760-6300 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.gov .

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

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June Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:34 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009SKOWHEGAN- 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 June."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Monday, June 5, 1 to 2 p.m.**Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? Looking for tips on how to respond to those hard to answer questions? This workshop will help you become a successful job seeker. Workshops start promptly at scheduled time. Please understand admittance may not be possible after the start time. Please register in advance as space may be limited. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesdays, June 6 and 20, 1 to 3 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.**It All Starts Here-Monday, June 12, 1 to 3 p.m.**Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now! "Sometimes you need a change, and sometimes a change is your only option."**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Tuesdays, June 13 and 20, 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. **Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, June 13, 1 to 3 p.m.**Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the-interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "DO'S and DO NOT'S" and what to expect during the process.**Training Program Orientation-Monday, June 19, 1 t[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:50:49 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-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."In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Thursday, June 1, 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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, June 7, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to services for job seekers with a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Training Orientation-Wednesdays, June 7 and 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.**For people over the age of 24 who live in Knox or Lincoln County and want to explore occupational training programs. People under the age of 25 can call 596-2600 for arrangements. All ages in Waldo County call 930-7047.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.****Credit Repair-Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. to Noon**Understanding the role of personal financial credit as it affects employment and other aspects of life. **Computer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Call to Schedule.**To introduce the computer to people who have never used one before.**Planning Your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon.**The latest tips and ideas a successful job search in today's labor market.Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** 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 their [...]



May Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:33:33 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - 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. "In our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our 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 in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together-Wednesday, June 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. **Planning Your Job Search-Wednesday, June 14, 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. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, June 21, 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, June 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips. **Computer Boot Camp-All sessions are by appointment only.**Basic instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesdays, June 6 and 23**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aide process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Small Business Start Up Workshop-Thursday, June 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afte[...]



Governor LePage Directs Flags to be Lowered on Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:36:10 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today directed that the United States flag and the State of Maine flag at all state facilities be flown at half-staff Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 29.

"Maine has a profound heritage of dedication and service to our Nation," said Governor LePage. "Our brave servicemen and women have fought for us and died for us, and there is no way to repay them for this sacrifice. But on this Memorial Day, we can show that we are grateful for all of our fallen heroes."

Governor LePage also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation and our freedom.

Please note: Flags are flown half-staff until noon to honor those who died in battle and then raised to full height at noon to honor the living veterans. This recognizes those who have sacrificed and those who are still with us.

President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.



Annual reports for business and nonprofit entities are due June 1, 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:16:16 EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions is once again reminding all business and nonprofit entities that annual reports are due next week, on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The bureau originally sent out the deadline notice in early May to all business and nonprofit entities on file with the Secretary of State's office as of December 31, 2016.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding those who must file that they can do so quickly and easily using the Secretary of State's online filing system. To file online, go to https://www10.informe.org/aro/index_on.html . Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, electronic check or with a subscriber account.

The annual report fee is $85 for domestic business entities, $150 for foreign business entities and $35 for domestic or foreign nonprofit corporations. Entities that filed online in a previous year will be able to review the information provided at that time, and will simply need to update that information as necessary prior to filing this year's report. For account subscribers, the online filing service includes additional functionality to assist with managing multiple annual report filings.

Another online service allows noncommercial clerks or noncommercial registered agents to change their addresses. Additionally, this service allows an authorized individual of a foreign entity (organized outside of the State of Maine) to change the principal or home office address. Anyone wishing to make these address changes separately from the online annual report filing service should visit https://www10.informe.org/icrs/change/ .

For those who prefer to file a paper annual report, a preprinted form can be downloaded at: http://www10.informe.org/aro/form_download.html .

A substantial late-filing penalty will be assessed, and may not be waived, on all reports received after the June 1, 2017 filing deadline. The Secretary of State's Corporations Division can assist with questions regarding annual report filing or changing an address. The division can be reached at (207) 624-7752 or by email at cec.corporations@maine.gov.