Backed with $1.2 million in funding, the state’s seven community colleges and a group of nonprofits are launching an initiative to provide free training for rural Mainers so they can pursue remote work opportunities.
The “Remote Work for ME” project will begin courses in January 2022 and is aiming to enroll more than 700 residents over the next three years, according to a news release Thursday.
Ascendium Education Group is seeding the effort with a $535,000 grant to the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. The foundation is also contributing $208,000. Another $400,000 is coming from the Maine Community College System, and the John T. Gorman Foundation is donating $75,000.
The bulk of the instruction will be six- to nine-month-long courses for people living in rural Maine, preparing them for common remote work jobs, such as medical transcription, IT support, customer service and financial services.
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