Career Resources

Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter
Averill Building, KVCC Alfond Campus
207-474-4950

The Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter is part of the Maine Department of Labor and partners with Kennebec Valley Community College to provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. We are also available to assist eligible KVCC students that are in need of tuition assistance or support services during their training period. Support services may include mileage reimbursement, required tools or uniforms, books, or childcare assistance. The CareerCenter hosts Job Fairs on a quarterly basis. CareerCenter services are free of charge.

We can assist individuals seeking:

• Employment
• To improve their job qualifications
• To explore a different career
• A match with a business looking to fill its workforce needs

The Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter provides several public-access computer stations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment.

For more information or to determine eligibility, please visit the CareerCenter links below.

Maine JobLink and Employment
The Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter is the place to start when you are looking for your first job, a better job, or a whole new career. It’s also the place to find information about training and education opportunities.

We offer a wide variety of job postings from across the state of Maine. Our data base, Maine JobLink, lists thousands of job openings and can match you with jobs you are seeking. The CareerCenter has an information center that offers access to computers, telephones, a fax machine and a copy machine to assist you with your job search. For more information, call 474-4950 or click on the link below:

http://joblink.maine.gov/ada/r/jobseeker

The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request. Programs are provided as a proud partner of the American Job Center network.

Veterans Services
The State of Maine is committed to providing veterans with outstanding employment services and career opportunities. At the Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter, veterans and eligible spouses receive Priority of Service for all MDOL services, including employment, training, and placement services. We offer career counseling, job coaching, job development, resume development, interviewing skills and referrals to resources.

The CareerCenter has a veteran that fills the role of Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP – counsels veterans in all aspects of job search and career development) and a veteran that fills the role of Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER – works with employers to facilitate employment opportunities for veterans).

To find out more , contact Ralph.Hendrix@maine.gov. or call 474-4950.

You served your country, now let us serve you.

For other online resources:
http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/hireavet.shtml
http://joblink.maine.gov
http://www.maine.gov/veterans/
https://www.maine.gov/portal/residents/disability.html
https://www.facebook.com/MaineDOLVET/
https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/
http://www.maine.gov/reemployme/
https://www.dol.gov/vets/documents/veteranshiringtoolkit.presentation.pdf

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
➢ 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:

http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml

or call the Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter at 207-474-4950. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

Apprenticeships
The Maine Apprenticeship Program works with Maine businesses to provide a registered, earn while you learn, program for workers. An apprenticeship is a minimum of one year and includes at least 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related classroom instruction.

From the first day of work, apprentices earn a paycheck while receiving practical on-the-job training in an occupation. The hands-on training results in improved skills and competencies as well as the potential to earn a certificate or college credits toward a degree. At the successful completion of the program, workers earn a certified, portable credential that meets the highest standards and is accepted by industries and employers across the U.S.A.

Companies are identifying the importance of growing their own workforce through registered apprenticeships. The Maine Apprenticeship Program works with businesses that have current employees that need enhanced skills to keep pace with the industry or new employees that need customized training to learn and maintain the required job skills.

The Maine Apprenticeship Program does not place individuals in apprenticeship slots but maintains a list of registered apprenticeship businesses and can discuss the positive outcomes of apprenticeship with any company.

For more information: http://www.maine.gov/labor/jobs_training/apprenticeship.html or call 207-623-7981.

To find a Maine business involved in apprenticeship near you: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-finder/listings

Workshops
The following workshops are available on an individual or group basis through the Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter.

Resume Development
Learn the basic do’s and don’ts’ s of resume writing, how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer’s attention, discover websites for skills identification, and learn how to produce a resume that will work for you.

Career Moves
Are you unemployed, employed but considering a change, or recently certified or graduated in a new occupation? Join us on Tuesday’s at 10:00 a.m. at the Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter. This group offers professional advice, tools for career exploration and events that can lead to work. For more information, contact Margo Hanlon at Margo.A.Hanlon@maine.gov
or call (207) 474-4955.

Interview Workshop
Find out how to have the ultimate job interview. Learn how to prepare for an interview, discover what employers are looking for and follow-up advice that will help you land the position you truly want.

Preparing for a Job Fair
Learn how to present yourself for success during a Job Fair. We cover information on how to prepare, how to dress for the Job Fair, how to engage with employers, and what to do after the Job Fair.

CareerCenter staff can work individually or in groups (maximum of 20 participants at a time). To find out more information, please visit the Northern Kennebec Valley CareerCenter or call (207) 474-4950 or toll free 1-800-760-1572.

The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request. Programs are provided as a proud partner of the American Job Center network.
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