Regional businesses awarded

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AUGUSTA – The spotlight was on Coastal Enterprises, Inc., based in Wiscasset, Inland Hospital of Waterville, Maine Machine Products of So. Paris, and Bonney Staffing—Kelly Scammon Jaeger—of Lewiston, at the annual meeting of the Central/Western Workforce Investment Board at the Arboretum on Oct. 3.

The awards were in recognition of collaboration between private businesses and public workforce development programs to recruit, train, employ, and develop Maine’s workforce.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) has been a major player in the Workforce Board’s WorkReady™ Credential program, focused on developing basic work skills for participants. CEI has supported most recently a program for “New Mainers” in the Lewiston/Auburn area.

Inland Hospital is working to develop special training and certification for its employees and has worked with the Augusta CareerCenter in its efforts to receive a grant from the Governor’s Training Initiative.

Maine Machine Products was able to meet its national and international contracts by working with the So. Paris CareerCenter [staffed by Western Maine Community Action] and SAD 17 [Oxford Hills Adult Education] to find and place needed staff.

Kelly Scammon Jaeger at Bonney Staffing was recognized as a member of the Business Advisory Team for the Lewiston WorkReady™ Credential program as well as her active role in the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce and in the Central Maine Human Resource Association [CMHRA].

The Central/Western Workforce Investment Board, Inc. provides financial and in-kind support for workforce and economic development programs and functions as an advocate and catalyst for regional collaboration in workforce training in key business and employment sectors.

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