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Free culinary training for 125 Mainers announced

Thursday, November 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathleen Pierce
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HM CEO Steve Hewins, Maine Community College 's Dan Belyea and Nichole Sawyer and Terry Hayes, workforce director for HM at Sugarloaf November 4. 


CARRABASSETT, VALLEY, Maine — To stem the acute shortage of restaurant workers plaguing Vacationland, HospitalityMaine and Maine Community College System received a $44,000 grant to train 125 locals for culinary jobs.


Announced at the HospitalityMaine Summit at Sugarloaf Monday, the grant from Maine Quality Centers allows Mainers interested in culinary careers to take free online classes as part of the association’s apprentice program. 


The new cloud-based program lead by Washington County Community College and HospitalityMaine, removes geographic barriers. 


“Now you can receive online training and get a job at all of our restaurants across the state, from Millinocket  to York,” said Terry Hayes, the association’s director of workforce development. “The service area is very broad, this is exactly what we need.”


CEO and President of HospitalityMaine Steve Hewins called this a “landmark partnership” that “relieves the only barrier we’ve found.” 


“You don’t have to drive because it’s online. Now we will have apprentice opportunities for students across Maine,” said Hewins.  


The association’s earn-while-you learn apprenticeship program launched earlier this year. It includes education and job placement for both culinary and hospitality careers. 


Dan Belyea, director of workforce training for Maine Community College System addressed the crowd of restaurateurs and hoteliers at the summit with the news.  


“The Maine Community College System is here to support real, just-in-time training that meets the needs of employers at the speed of business,” he said.


To apply for the apprenticeship program visit: