Thomas College to Expand Professional Development Offerings to Augusta Web Director | January 22, 2019

WATERVILLE, MAINE, January 2019 — New this spring, Thomas College is offering its professional development courses for area professionals to Augusta in addition to its courses at Thomas College in Waterville. Registration is now open at through Thomas College’s Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation.

The three Augusta classes will be offered at the Buker Community Center in Augusta and will include training in leadership skills, effective teamwork and grant writing.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to expand the number of businesses and employees that we can reach now that we are offering courses out of both Waterville and Augusta,” said Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation Executive Director Mike Duguay.  “These are incredibly important skills that both employers and employees know are crucial to have in this current economy.  As a result, we’re making them as accessible as possible.”

Thomas College’s Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation launched its professional development offerings in August 2017. These offerings of highly topical professional development subjects are structured in 3 and 6-week sessions. Participants receive expert instruction taught by Thomas College faculty.

One of the objectives of the institute is to assist businesses in Central Maine develop their workforce by helping them advance their employees professional skills. Retaining a skilled workforce has become one of the largest challenges for most businesses.

The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation’s spring 2019 Professional Development Series is now open for enrollment.  Registration is available at Courses begin in March.  For more information, please contact Josh Devou at [email protected] or 207-859-1159.

About Thomas College: Celebrating its 125th anniversary, 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 students’ academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. In 2017, Money Magazine 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 Young at [email protected] or 207-859-1313.