Collins and King announce $800,000 to expand employment and workforce training opportunities in coastal Maine

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Coastal Communities Workforce Inc. has received a total of $800,000 to help bolster its displaced worker programs. This funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dislocated Worker Grant Program.

In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic forced 17 employers in coastal Maine to lay off more than 500 workers. Coastal communities will provide workforce training services to these displaced workers in Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties.

“Workforce training programs are proven and effective services that provide laid-off workers with promising new career prospects in growing industries,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This funding will provide vital assistance to Mainers who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic and provide them with the resources and skills they need to secure well-paying jobs. As we emerge from the health and economic crisis, it is critical that we continue to support comprehensive workforce development.

The National Displaced Worker Grant Program provides resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large and unexpected layoff events resulting in significant job losses. This funding is intended to temporarily expand capacity to serve displaced workers, including military service members, and to meet increased demand for WIOA employment and training services, with the goal of re-employing laid-off workers and improve their employability and income.

Coastal Communities Workforce Inc., a non-profit organization, oversees workforce development in counties along the Maine coast and provides training services tailored to the region’s industry sectors.

Michael A. Bynum