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Maine’s Community College Foundation is working on a 1.2 million dollar Remote Work for ME project at community colleges

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:31 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Maine’s Community College Foundation is working on a 1.2 million dollar Remote Work for ME project at community colleges.  This project will provide rural Maine residents free training so they can work remotely.  Megan Cole spoke with the president of the foundation and has more.

While many are physically returning to work, there are some who would rather continue to work remotely.

“As much as 80% of people because of the experience in the pandemic say they wanna work at least hybrid model when they go back to work.  And so remote work is not a fad, it is gonna be a permanent part of how we do business.”

John Fitzsimmons is the president of Maine’s Community College foundation.  He says the foundation is currently working on a 1.2 million dollar remote work for ME project, which will provide free training to Maine residents so they can work remotely.  He says there are a number of jobs that they’ll be providing training for.

“Medical transcriptionist to as you expect IT an easy transition but people working in the financial field, administrative positions in companies, so theres a whole gambit of jobs that people realized can be performed remotely and equally important.  It isn’t just 100% remote there’s hybrid where you have an opportunity to work from home for a few days and come to the office for a few days.”

He says this will not only allow more job opportunities, but also save people time and money.

“What I see happening as we move forward with this is people are realizing…studies will show that people can save up to $4,000 a year working remotely because you’re not traveling and also the loss of time I mean Mainers are just so hard working people….there’s individuals who travel a hour and a half sometimes two hours one way to go to work.  Well now, you can perform that right in your backyard.  You get the best of Maine.”

Fitzsimmons says that they will be offering courses in January of 2022.

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