Scarborough, ME (PRWEB) March 30, 2007
Recognizing the great need low-income people have and the obstacles they face in achieving work related goals, CCWI created the Workforce Scholarship Fund (WSF). WSF is a CCWI program that provides education scholarships to low-income workers in coastal Maine to help them upgrade their skills to increase their wages, advance within their current profession, transition to new employment or move from part-time to full-time employment. The Workforce Scholarship Fund helps increase the income of residents in coastal Maine by improving their access to education and training opportunities.
In 2006, Northeast Technical Institute of Scarborough, ME made a generous donation of five $1500 scholarships for NTI programs (with the exception of Truck Driving). These five awards were made to CareerCenter customers who had been accepted to or were enrolled in NTI programs. Scholarships were awarded to the following students:
- Elaine DeRuzzo - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
- Judith Doyon - Medical Transcription
- Kamszik - Medical Coding and Billing
- Wayne Twombley - MCSE and MCDBA certification
- Tiffany Bergeron - Medical Transcription
For 2007, NTI has generously provided 10 $1,000 scholarships to the Workforce Scholarship Fund, increasing their overall annual donation from $7,500 to $10,000. Mike Bourret, CCWI's Executive Director, expresses great appreciation for this outstanding contribution. He explained that "NTI will be recognized for their support of the Workforce Scholarship Fund at Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc.'s annual dinner on April 12th at the Brunswick Golf Club."
Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) located in Brunswick, is a non-profit entity founded to administer and oversee the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in its six-county (York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo) geographical area. CCWI plans, oversees, and evaluates local workforce development programs, including the CareerCenter Network (seven are located in the CCWI area). In addition, and as a result of CCWI's role in WIA management, CCWI partners with the economic development community to promote the region's economic prosperity. CCWI serves as the point of contact for business and industry, facilitating communications regarding workforce needs. As a result, CCWI assesses regional business needs and functions as an economic development "convener" -- aligning programs and services to meet those needs; thereby ensuring the availability of qualified workers and promoting coordination among business and the public sector.
Although CCWI receives funding from the federal government to assist very low-income Mainers -- those who are unemployed or making less than minimum wage -- find work or go to school, there is little or no funding available to those individuals who are making more than minimum wage but less than a livable wage and who cannot afford to pay the cost of tuition on their own. The Workforce Scholarship Fund supports those Mainers who are not eligible for federal funding and who are earning more than the minimum wage but less than a "living wage" -- currently defined by CCWI as $14/hour. CCWI can not depend on state and federal funding to effectively increase the income of our neighbors who although employed, do not have enough left over at the end of the month to pay for the luxury of education.