Professional Development

Fitting professional development into your busy schedule can be tough. This is why we offer both on-campus and 100% online options through our online partners. Professional Development classes & workshops help you acquire the skills and knowledge needed to get a good job and advance your career.

To search the courses offered remotely, but directly through the Center for Workforce and Professional Development, click here to see our current and upcoming course schedule.

To search the catalog of our 100% online classes, click here to be connected with our online training partners.

Non-Credit Scholarship Opportunities

Noncredit courses are not eligible for the use of federal financial aid.

Workforce Development Scholarship

CMCC scholarship funding may be awarded to qualified individuals to be used towards any of the courses listed below if a learner has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and submitted it to Central Maine Community College (code# 005276).  Please email for more information.

HOPE Program

The HOPE program helps qualifying parents cover costs related to training and education. HOPE can help pay for tuition and fees, prior tuition and fees preventing you from re-enrolling, books, supplies, tools, and equipment, child care, transportation, etc.

Visit the HOPE program website or click here to see the HOPE program flyer and get contact information.

Competitive Skills Scholarship Program

The Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) assists qualified individuals with expenses not covered by Pell Grants or other scholarships including: tuition and fees, required books, supplies, tools, equipment, uniforms, classroom related childcare, transportation, and monthly training stipend for income eligible trainees.

Qualification criteria:

➢ Be at least 18 years old
➢ Do not already have a marketable post-secondary degree or marketable certificate
➢ Family income less than 200% of the federal poverty level
➢ Want education or training for a high-wage, in-demand occupation
➢ Live in Maine and are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
➢ Can successfully undertake and complete the program

The CSSP program offers up to $6,000 per year toward the cost of full-time training and up to $3,000 per year for part-time training.
To view a list of high-wage, in-demand occupations or apply for the program, please visit the CareerCenter web site at:

or call the Lewiston CareerCenter at 207-753-9001. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

TechHire Maine

This program provides financial assistance and other support services for students with:

  • an interest in computers and other technical fields;
  • a core competency in the skills needed to perform coding or IT services.

Visit the TechHire Maine website for more information or contact the Center for Workforce and Professional Development for contact information.

No Cost Training Programs funded by Maine Quality Centers

COVID-19 has upended the economic landscape. In response, Central Maine Community College (and all of Maine’s community colleges) have shifted our short-term workforce training to provide more FREE remote job training programs that prepare people for jobs that are in high demand, right now.

Please see the list of career and training programs offered by CMCC below, and if you have any questions, contact us at

To register for any of the programs* listed below, click to complete the online registration form. Please note that participants are only allowed enroll in one grant program.
*All training programs require that students be 18 years of age or older, have a High School diploma or GED, are eligible to work in the U.S. by the completion of the training program, and have access to appropriate technology to complete the online coursework. Registration priority is for those individuals who are underemployed, dislocated, unemployed, and those adversely affected by COVID-19.

Career Training Programs

Click on the title of the program to view a PDF outline of the program provided by the training vendor.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2019 (MOS)

Description: Microsoft Office is the most widely used business productivity suite. Knowing how to use its products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is valuable in any professional setting. Earning your Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification demonstrates your knowledge of the Office and proves that you’re ready to make an immediate impact at your organization. This course prepares you for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2019 certification exams for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. You will build your expertise in these programs through hands-on exercises, in-depth course material, and supplemental video demonstrations. As you prepare for each exam, you will test your skills at regular intervals with quizzes and exams. By course completion, you will be fully prepared to take the MOS Certification Exams MO-100 (Word), MO-200 (Excel), MO-300 (PowerPoint), MO-400 (Outlook), and MO-500 (Access) exams. This course offers enrollment with a voucher for hte certification exam. The vouchers are prepaid access to sit for the certifying exams upon eligibility.

Pre-requisite(s): Familiar with personal computers and familiar with Windows Office software.

Time: 6 months/335 hours


Child Development Associate (CDA)

Description:Do you love working with kids? A career in child care could be perfect for you. This online course in childcare and education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and achieve your career goals as a teacher or child care professional. This convenient, affordable CDA class allows you to work at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment—and go on to a fulfilling career shaping the minds of the future. The Child Development Associate Training course was designed especially for working adults. Upon completion of the course, you will have earned the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA certification. Information on obtaining the CDA credential can be found here: .

Pre-requisite(s): There are no pre-requisites for this program. It provides the education requirements needed to obtain a credential.

Time: 6 months/120 hours


To register for any of the programs listed above, click to complete the online registration form. Please note that participants are only allowed enroll in one grant program.

Entry-Level Software Developer Training Funded by the Harold Alfond Foundation

The Center for Workforce and Professional Development is currently recruiting participants for an entry-level software developer training program; all costs associated with the program are funded by the Harold Alfond Foundation, so the program is offered to the community at no cost.

Over the course of the 12-week training, participants in this training program can expect to understand basic software development components: simple coding blocks, portion with conditionals, loops, sequencing, etc; receive an introduction to a “C” based procedural language translating code to real world actions, beginning with an internet of things (IOT) enabled device for introduction to hardware, and designing a bottom to top project in the Internet of Things using a development environment; HTML & Javascript, developing webpage functionality; learning more advanced programming language for problem solving (Python); use GitHub and other practice tools of the software developer program to practice collaboration and agile/team development methods.

The curriculum is designed to assist participants in preparation for a certification exam in Python language. This is considered an online training course and does have a designated schedule where participants will meet as a group with the instructor via Zoom; however, there will be a fair amount of self-paced work to ensure all training objectives are met.

To register for the software developer training program listed above, click to complete the online registration form.

Industry Recognized Certifications

The Center for Workforce and Professional Development offers Information Technology, Behavioral Health Professional, and Phlebotomy related industry recognized certification courses. The College has a conveniently located Center for Testing and Assessment where learners may take these nationally recognized exams, in additional to many others.

Individuals who have earned professional certifications, and are interested in an academic program at Central Maine Community College, may be eligible for college credit through a credential review.

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