Thomas College announces spring 2018 Professional Development courses for Central Maine Workforce

WATERVILLE, MAINE, January 2018 — Thomas College’s Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation knows the greatest asset a company can have are highly skilled, trained and engaged employees. A recent study conducted by the Association for Talent Development indicates that companies whose employees have engaged in a comprehensive training program reported a 24 percent higher profit margin than companies that didn’t.

One of the objectives of the institute is to assist businesses in Central Maine stay competitive and advance their position in the marketplace. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that all employees have the most advanced and up-to-date skills.

The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation’s spring 2018 Professional Development Series is now open for enrollment. Registration is available at Courses begin Monday, March 5.

“We are delighted to once again be able to offer professional development courses to the Central Maine workforce this spring,” said Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation Executive Director Mike Duguay. “These courses have been tailored to working professionals who are looking to quickly gain knowledge and apply it immediately on the job.  Our intent is to provide the most impactful content as possible in the shortest period of time.”

Courses are divided into two categories: The Leadership Academy and the Skills Center.  The Leadership Academy offers courses such as the Leadership Symposium, Introduction to Supervision, Intermediate Supervision and Introduction to Agile and Process Improvement.  The Leadership Academy aims to create qualified leaders, managers and supervisors with the skills they need to be effective.

The Skills Center provides such courses as Masterful Communications, High-Performance Sales, and Effective Teamwork. These courses help employees learn new skills on how to successfully interact with customers and colleagues.

Registration is available online. For more information, please contact Josh Devou at or 207-859-1159.

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on student’s academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the Country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit or contact MacKenzie Riley at or 207-859-1313.


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