PlumChoice Partners With Maine Community College System to Train and Hire up to 350
Friday, June 11, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
$550,000 Grant from Maine Quality Centers Funds Initiative Through Southern Maine Community College; Trainees will be Eligible for Employment as Home-Based Service Technicians
SCARBOROUGH, Maine,June 10 /PRNewswire/ --PlumChoice today announced it has entered into a partnership withSouthern Maine Community Collegeand Maine Quality Centers, both part of the Maine Community College System, in an initiative to train and employ up to 350Maineresidents as work-at-home service technicians. The effort, facilitated by the non-profit economic development groupMaine& Company, is funded by a $550,000Maine Quality Center grant that will provide customer service and certified Microsoft and Apple systems training at no cost to accepted students.
Representatives of PlumChoice, Southern Maine Community College(SMCC) and Maine Quality Centers formalized the partnership through a grant signing ceremony today at PlumChoice's regional Center of Excellence in Scarborough. PlumChoice, the nation's leading remote technical services provider, opened its Center of Excellence in theMainecommunity last year to provide support and advanced training for its fast-growing U.S. operations.
Students accepted into the training program agree to complete a 72-hour course at SMCC'sSouth Portlandcampus. At the end of the program, each graduate is guaranteed a hiring interview with PlumChoice; those who are hired and who complete at least six months of service in good standing will receive a signing bonus in addition to their normal pay.
The partnership agreement, which commences immediately, stipulates the hiring of up to 350 graduates over the course of the program.
"Beginning last year, PlumChoice made a commitment to the residents of New England to help build a trained workforce that is ready to compete in the 21st century economy. Today's grant signing is a significant next step forward in that commitment," said Rich Surace, Senior Vice President, Operations for PlumChoice. "Our company's business model is predicated on the idea that jobs with a future can be grown wherever there are individuals with a passion for excellence. We greatly value our new relationship with the Maine Community College System and look forward to leveraging this opportunity to create many, many high quality jobs for the people of Maine."
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