Ronald G. Cantor

Ronald G. Cantor

Southern Maine Community College is taking care of business.

The only way for a college to provide students promising futures in high-demand industries is to maintain partnerships with scores of businesses across Maine, collaborating with them to identify and serve their needs.

This is what SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick is all about. Our campus at Brunswick Landing has a unique mission to not only offer students degree programs that lead to bright careers, but also to expand economic development and opportunity.

Last year SMCC provided training to more than 1,300 workers from dozens of Maine companies, organizations and municipalities. On the Midcoast Campus alone, we trained over 400 workers in support of major Brunswick-area employers like Bath Iron Works, Molnlycke Health Care and RollEase.

THE SOUTHERN MIDCOAST MAINE CHAMBER held last month's Big Night Out! networking event and awards ceremony at SMCC's Midcoast Campus.

THE SOUTHERN MIDCOAST MAINE CHAMBER held last month’s Big Night Out! networking event and awards ceremony at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus.

Carolyn Farkas-Noe, interim Executive Director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber, calls SMCC’s Brunswick campus “an asset to our region.” The Chamber has been a longtime supporter of SMCC, even before we opened our Brunswick campus in 2011.

Chamber members — there are 650 of them from 16 towns in three counties — hire our graduates because they have the skills that businesses are looking for. SMCC, she says, “leads people to be more employable for good-paying jobs.”

The Chamber is also supportive of the training programs we provide its members.

Our training helps companies remain competitive by filling jobs with the skilled workers they need or increasing the skill levels of current employees.

Last month, the Chamber held its Big Night Out! networking event and annual awards ceremony at our Midcoast Campus’s beautiful new L.L.Bean Learning Commons which opened last fall. More than 200 people attended, many of whom had never been in the building when it was part of the Naval base.

“We’re very proud to have SMCC as a member of our Chamber, for the opportunities it provides for students and for the local training opportunities for businesses in our region,” Carolyn says.

At SMCC, we take care of business every day.


Ron Cantor is the president of Southern Maine Community College.

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