September 25, 2018
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Thomas College announces fall professional development courses for Central Maine workforce

Community Author: MacKenzie Riley
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Contact: pr@thomas.edu
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WATERVILLE — Thomas College’s Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation is entering its second year offering a variety of highly topical professional development subjects. In 3 and 6-week session, participants receive expert instruction taught by Thomas’ existing faculty in their respective areas of expertise.

Retaining a skilled workforce has become one of the largest challenges for most businesses. One of the objectives of the institute is to assist businesses in Central Maine develop their workforce by helping them advance their employees’ professional skills.

“After serving close to two hundred Central Maine employees through our Institute’s courses, we’ve been able to really hone in on what skills both employees and employers value the most,” said Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation executive director Mike Duguay. “The current courses that we offer have been created to provide the most impactful content possible in the shortest period of time.”

Students can now register for the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation’s fall 2018 Professional Development Series at www.thomas.edu/training. Courses begin as soon as Wednesday, Sept. 26  with most starting the second week of October.

Courses are divided into two categories: The Leadership Academy and the Skills Center. The Leadership Academy offers courses such as the Leadership Symposium, Introduction to Supervision, Intermediate Supervision and Introduction to Agile and Process Improvement. The Leadership Academy aims to create qualified leaders, managers and supervisors with the skills they need to be effective.

The Skills Center provides such courses as Masterful Communications, High-Performance Sales, Effective Teamwork and Technical Writing. These courses help employees learn new skills on how to successfully interact with customers and colleagues.

For more information, please contact Josh Devou at devouj@thomas.edu or 207-859-1159.

About Thomas College: Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on students’ academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at rileym@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313.