This project is in its earliest stages. Please check back in the future to discover trainings, resources and a registry of Maine certified professionals.

The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI) coordinates the implementation of Maine's Employment Services Workforce Development System (EWDS).

The ICI will work with the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) at the University of Maine to support efforts to develop a strong employment workforce in the state of Maine. The Maine Working Together project will provide training, resources, and assistance to Maine employment services providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, and other collaborating team members to ensure that individualized community employment is available to everyone.

Upcoming Events

Case Manager eLearning course for Maine

  • February 1-28
  • Online
  • 40

Our online course is for case managers and anyone responsible for advising, assisting, and advocating for individuals with disabilities seeking employment.

After completing this course learners will

  • Understand the role that employment plays in an individual's life
  • Be able to support individuals in making informed choices about their employment goals

Benefits and Highlights

  • Enhance your career path
  • Increase your capacity to support individuals on an employment journey
  • Complete the course anywhere with internet access at your desk or on the go with a mobile device
  • This course fits your busy schedule
  • This course is interactive and immersive
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Maine Career Planning Certification Training

  • Multiple Required Dates
  • Hybrid (in-person and online)
  • 50

The Training will consist of 3 - Two Hour (2) long webinars, and one LIVE in person day in Augusta at 41 Anthony Ave, All 4 sessions ( three webinars and one live day) are required for the Certification of 12 Hours of Training.

  • February 2nd 10am-12noon (webinar)
  • February 9th 8:30 to 3:30 (Live in Augusta at 41 Anthony Ave)
  • February 16th 10am-12 noon ( webinar)
  • February 23rd 10am-12 noon (webinar)
Additional Information:
  1. Staff MUST be fully certified as a Work Support Professional (proof required) or an ACRE Employment Specialist to attend
  2. There will be assigned homework between sessions
  3. The class will be limited to the first 15 enrollees once registration is live
  4. You will receive the links for the webinars via email after you register

Questions about the Training : Please contact Lisa Sturtevant, 207 287-9210

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Achieving Competitive Integrated Employment in Maine's Rural and Remote Communities: Strategies for Success (virtual training)

  • Wednesday March 15, 2023
  • 12-3pm
  • Online
  • 75

Rural communities are fundamentally different than bigger towns and cities — so, why would we try a one-size-fits-all approach to providing employment services? Maine's rural and remote communities are among the world's most remarkable, but they also introduce barriers to competitive integrated employment for their residents and those who support them. This session will provide participants with an in-depth opportunity to practice rural- specific strategies and techniques to overcome barriers to employment. Participants will learn how innovative and evidence-based approaches to using technology and creative job development and customization can lead to competitive integrated employment in even the most remote Maine communities.

Presenters: Josh Taylor (UMaine), Janet May (UMaine- Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies), and Gina Oswald (Cornell University)

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Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Bring Your Lunch and Join Us for Informative Presentations and Discussions on Best Practices in Employment Services

Best Practices in Job Coaching and Supports

  • Wednesday January 18, 2023
  • 12-1pm
  • Online (Zoom)
  • 25

It is imperative that job seekers receive individualized, effective supports as they start a new job. This webinar will focus on the best practices in supporting individuals who are working. Participants will learn about job training and support strategies. Topics include the role of the job coach, natural supports and social inclusion, systematic instruction basics, and maintenance and fading strategies.

Presenters: Lara Enein and Kelly Wanzer, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Strategies for Developing Job Opportunities in Maine's Rural and Remote Communities

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • 12-1pm
  • Online
  • 25

Maine's rugged and rural landscapes are world-renowned for their pristine beauty, but the remoteness of these communities can create challenges in supporting individuals to find competitive integrated employment opportunities aligned with strengths and interests. Rural-specific barriers like transportation, sparse businesses, and a lack of service providers can create significant challenges. This session will provide participants with effective strategies to address these barriers specific to rural communities. Participants will learn how to boost rural job development by using advances in technology, creative approaches to job matching, and underused self-employment strategies.

Presenters: Josh Taylor (UMaine), Janet May (UMaine- Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies), and Gina Oswald (Cornell University)

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