Augusta, Maine—Efficiency Maine—a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission—has awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants to four Maine Community Colleges to support their work in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act 2009 (ARRA) provided federal stimulus funds for this grant program
“The Community Colleges are vital partners in the effort to ensure that Maine has the workforce necessary to meet the needs of the growing ‘green’ economy,” Commission Chair Sharon Reishus said. “The grants will enable these four campuses to expand their programs, reach more students, and ensure that this generation of students has the skills needed to participate in the developing energy efficiency and renewable energy sector of our economy.”
The $1.3 million which funds these grants is part of over $38 million administered by Efficiency Maine. This announcement marks the last of nearly two dozen separate energy efficiency initiatives that Efficiency Maine has launched to deploy ARRA funds.
The following Community Colleges will receive grant awards from Efficiency Maine:
Each winning Community College will implement plans to coordinate their program offerings with local schools and other college and university campuses.
One of the priorities of ARRA programs is that funding be targeted to appropriate job training activities. By developing a highly trained workforce, these Community College programs will contribute to the long term success of the energy efficiency and renewable energy economic sectors.
Community College project contact information:
NMCC: Timothy D. Crowley, President– 207-768-2807 email@example.com; Elizabeth Crawford, Perkins Coordinator—207-768-2771 firstname.lastname@example.org
EMCC: Michael Ballesteros, Dean of Development and Business Services– 207-974-4600
email@example.com ; Andrew Hopkins, Assistant Dean– 207-974-4869 firstname.lastname@example.org
KVCC: Dana Doran, Director of Resource Development–207-453-5157 email@example.com
SMCC: James O. Ortiz, President—207-741-5501 firstname.lastname@example.org; Bethany Campbell, Dean, Business & Community Partnerships—207-741-5657 email@example.com