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. Click to view our PDF course brochure or scroll down for details about specific classes!

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 Click on the title of the program to view a PDF outline of the program provided by the training vendor. We have reached our capacity for the Certified Pharmacy Technician, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Outpatient Coder, Certified Administrative Professional, Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep, Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist, Professional Recovery Coach, ICD-10 Medical Coding, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician programs.

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. These no-cost programs are only available to underemployed, dislocated, unemployed, and those adversely affected by COVID-19.

Career Training Programs

Behavioral Health Professional*

This program has two options for participants; please specify which you’d like to be considered for on the online registration form.

  1. Open Enrollment: Completion of BHP certification to work for any agency/employer across the state.
  2. Black Bear Support Services: Provides participants the opportunity to earn while you they learn as an employee of BBSS. Completion of BHP certification leads to potential employment with Black Bear Support Services.

Description: BHP training and certification is required for direct care providers working in Children’s Behavioral Health Services, either in the school or home/community setting, in programs receiving MaineCare reimbursement for section 28 RCS, 28 RCS Specialized, and 65 HCT or Day Treatment Services. Additional requirements for BHP certification include current Child & Adult CPR/First Aid certification and completion of an OSHA compliant Bloodborne Pathogens training. Included in the class schedule are the requirements to become a certified Behavioral Health Professional, Red Cross Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED instruction/certification, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens instruction/certification. BHP discussion topics include: introduction to BHP; professionalism; working as a team; cultural competency and family dynamics; communication; documentation; child development; children’s behavioral health; autism; trauma; understanding and managing behavior; and principles of instruction.

Pre-requisite(s): Proficiency in English language, access to transportation

Time: 4 weeks/42 hours

*If participant has a criminal background, it won’t prevent them from being as accepted as a participant in the training, but it may prevent them from obtaining a job as a BHP post-training.


Medical Related Courses:

Medical Terminology

Description: You can make a difference in other people’s lives if you know how to speak the language of medicine. With the high demand for healthcare workers, mastering medical terminology is an important first step in your healthcare career. This online medical terminology course will help you gain a greater understanding of the human body, how to describe it, and how to use medical terminology in a healthcare setting.

Pre-requisite(s): Basic computer skills

Time: 6 months/60 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.

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.

How to use the course search

  • Use the search box, above the table, to enter any key words of interest. You may also click on any table header (in red) to sort by that column.
  • Click the green circle next to the course to expand further information including but not limited to description, registration, and more.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CWPD intends to offer summer classes 100% online. We will re-evaluate the format in which our list of fall courses is offered as we get closer to their start dates.