Thomas to Offer Professional Development Programming This Fall in Both Augusta and Waterville Web Director | August 22, 2019

WATERVILLE, MAINE, August 2019 — Professional development programming at Thomas College will help develop your employees – and, in turn, help your company address the difficulty of training and retaining employees in a tight labor market.

Now in its third year, our professional development series has helped more than 50 businesses train over 200 employees right here in Central Maine.

The Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation (HAIBI) at Thomas College offers six programs total (1-day, 3-week, and 6-week programs); the first program begins October 1 and the last program starts November 5.

This fall, HAIBI is continuing its partnership with the Buker Community Center to offer two programs (Leadership Symposium and Effective Teamwork) in Augusta.

New this year is a one-day seminar, “Recruiting and Retaining Employees: Your Company’s Most Important Asset,” for Human Resources professionals, supervisors, and hiring managers.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer these programs this fall. Employers, both small and large, are telling us how important it is to quickly train employees in these specific subjects and to have these new skills immediately put to use in the workplace,” said Mike Duguay, Executive Director of the Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation.

For more information and to register, please visit

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 of all colleges and universities 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 higher education institutions 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.