Generous Workforce Development Funding Available from the Harold Alfond Center Through December 2022

The Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce has access to $60 million in grant funding. With their business partners (including the UMaine Hutchinson Center), they are poised to serve 24,000 Mainers with short-term training by 2025. This includes financial support of up to $1,200 per worker through December 2022.

This means that Mainers like you can get the workforce training you need through training vendors like the UMaine Hutchinson Center with no cost to you or your employer. What an incredible opportunity!

How does this work?

This is an employer-driven program. That means in order to participate, your employer will need to become a Compact Member.

You don’t need to know in advance which UMaine Hutchinson Center professional development programs you want your employees to register for but if you’d like to review some of our options, feel free to take a look here.

What are the steps?

Below, we’ve laid out the steps. If you need any help along the way, we suggest reaching out to, who is administering this program. We’ll do our best to help you but our official role here is a third-party training vendor. We administer the trainings themselves and the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce ensures that the funding goes where it’s supposed to and helps employers and employees along the way.

Step One

Employer fills out Workforce Development Compact membership application, including agreeing to compact member obligations as laid out by MCCS.

Step Two

Employer fills out Compact Member Funding Request form.

Step Three

Once approved for funding, the employer will receive a Compact Member Identification Number that will allow employees to register for a program.

Step Four

Employee registers for the program using the Compact Member Identification Number.

Step Five

The employer receives 80% of funding upfront (sent directly to the employer’s organization/company) and 20% after the Hutchinson Center confirms:

  • learners’ demographics have been entered, 
  • list of participants who have completed the training, 
  • exit surveys have been submitted

Step Six

Employee(s) participate in the training and get valuable workforce training.

Who is eligible?

All Maine companies qualify and there are additional resources available to small- and mid-sized companies.

To be eligible for training, workers must be 18 or older, a Maine resident, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

What’s the timeframe?

This grant secures funding for up to $1,200 per worker to participate in professional development and workforce development training through December 2022. A $600 match is available in 2023, 2024, and 2025.

December 2022 will be here before we know it. If you’re interested, we highly recommend becoming a compact member right away in order to ensure that your employees can take advantage of this generous funding opportunity.

What kind of professional development and workforce development trainings does the Hutchinson Center offer?

A mix of in-person and online trainings in many skill areas, including sustainable business strategies, critical thinking skills, grant writing, public speaking, restorative practices, and Nonviolent Communication. You can learn more about all of our programs here.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need clarification?

I want to sign up for one of your programs but my employer doesn’t want to or can’t become a compact member and I’m unable to pay the full price. What should I do?

Fret not! We want to help you get the professional development training and skills you need. Check out this page for more information on scholarships, discounts, and more