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.

Adult Learner Scholarship Fund

Maine Community Foundation’s Adult Learner Scholarship supports a range of training, including attending two- and four-year colleges and universities, completing a certificate and other non-degree programs, as well as a short-term award, which is intended to support Mainers who are pursuing a workforce credential in a program lasting less than a semester. Click here to learn more and apply.

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.


To be eligible for the education components of the below programs, candidates must meet the Maine Quality Center (MQC) grant requirements:

➢ At least 18 years old
➢ High school diploma or equivalency (GED or HiSet)
➢ Maine state resident
➢ Eligible to work in the U.S. upon completion of the 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.

Read More