SMCC gets medical device manufacturing grant

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BRUNSWICK — Continuing a long-time tradition of working with local employers to provide workforce training, a grant from the Maine Quality Center will allow Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) to provide training in the growing field of medical device manufacturing.

“This is nothing new; we’ve been doing this with a lot of companies like Bath Iron Works and Moody’s Collision Centers,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “It’s something we hope to do more of because it helps the economy and helps people train for good jobs.”

The $100,000 grant from the Maine Quality Center will help SMCC train 127 Mölnlycke Health Care employees post hire. The company, which started construction on a new facility in Brunswick last June, manufactures medical devices.

Jim McGowan, director of the Maine Quality Center, said the grant was awarded so that Southern Maine Community College could provide the expanding Mölnlycke Health Care with training that will help them through their expansion.

“As an international company they’re going through a pretty sizeable expansion with the diversity and skill sets they are looking for requiring training,” he said. “The training will be helpful with both this company and the individuals throughout their careers.”

Workers will receive training in job-specific areas at little to no cost because of the grant. Courses are designed by college faculty and outside experts and are offered either at the Mid-Coast campus or right at Mölnlycke Health Care, which is also located at Brunswick Landing.

Cantor said that working with this up-and-coming company to help train workers is just another part of SMCC’s mission to help the Mid-Coast region.

“In addition to what SMCC is well known for, our 45 degree and certificate programs in South Portland, we do a lot of other things that some people might not realize,” he said. “Part of our mission as a college is to help businesses train the workforce to grow their business. To help people hone their skills.”

Amber Cronin can be reached at [email protected] or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.