BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Community College announced that it has received a U.S. Department of Labor grant to start a fine woodworking and cabinetmaking program at the school.
The $320,000 award will help fund a full-time faculty position and equipment needed to start up the program, according to an EMCC press release issued Friday.
The community college has formed a partnership with The Hinckley Co., a boat builder with a location in Trenton. Hinckley is growing and expects to hire 50 new employees this year, according to the school.
“This is an age-old industry very special to Maine,” said Andy Fitzpatrick, plant manager at the Trenton facility. “To have a technical college that can keep up with carpentry and boat building advancements, and continually supply marine and other specialty construction tradespeople is exciting.”
The program will be available to students at the start of the fall 2012 semester.
For information, visit the school’s website at www.emcc.edu or call Liz Russell, director of admissions, at 974-4684.