June 20, 2018
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Southern Maine Community College gets grant to train employees in medical device manufacturing

By Amber Cronin, The Forecaster

BRUNSWICK — Continuing a longtime tradition of working with local employers to provide workforce training, a grant from the Maine Quality Center will allow Southern Maine Community College to provide training in the growing field of medical device manufacturing.

The $100,000 grant from the Maine Quality Center will help SMCC train 127 employees of Mölnlycke Health Care, a Swedish company that manufactures medical devices. The company last June began construction on a new facility in Brunswick.

Jim McGowan, director of the Maine Quality Center, said the grant was awarded so that SMCC could provide the expanding Mölnlycke Health Care with training that will help them manage their expansion.

“As an international company they’re going through a pretty sizable expansion with the diversity and skill sets they are looking for requiring training,” he said.

SMCC President Ron Cantor said that working with this up-and-coming company to help train workers is just another part of SMCC’s mission to help the midcoast region.

Mölnlycke workers will receive training in job-specific areas at little to no cost because of the grant. Courses are designed by college faculty and outside experts and are offered either at the school’s midcoast campus or right at Mölnlycke Health Care, which is also located at Brunswick Landing.

“In addition to what SMCC is well known for — our 45 degree and certificate programs in South Portland — we do a lot of other things that some people might not realize,” Cantor said. “Part of our mission as a college is to help businesses train the workforce to grow their business. To help people hone their skills.”

SMCC has worked with several other companies in pursuit of that mission, including Bath Iron Works and Moody’s Collision Centers, Cantor said. “It’s something we hope to do more of because it helps the economy and helps people train for good jobs.”

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