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Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP)

The primary goal of CSSP is to provide eligible individuals with access to postsecondary education, training for industry-recognized credentials, and support that lead to skilled, well-compensated jobs with anticipated high employment demand. CSSP provides support to adults who have not previously earned a post-secondary degree with a family income lower than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Federal Bonding Program

Provides Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for "at-risk," hard-to-place job seekers.

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Foreign Labor Certification Program

Permits U.S. employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary or permanent basis to fill jobs essential to the U.S. economy.

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Maine Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship is a proven training method that helps employers obtain and maintain, skilled, dedicated workers. Employers offer a “learn while you earn” opportunity for their apprenticeship workforce.

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National Farmworker Program

Economically disadvantaged individuals who have worked on a farm in the past 2 years may be eligible to receive job training assistance and support services to obtain stable, year-round employment in high growth, high wage occupations. Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), a non-profit organization, operates the NFJP statewide.

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Rapid Response

Provides information on Unemployment Insurance, CareerCenter Services and Health Insurance Options to assist workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures. When an employer must lay off workers, there are several steps to take in order to address the needs of the affected workers and the community.

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Reemployment Services: Worker Profiling ReEmployment Services

The Bureau of Employment Services and BUC work collaboratively to ensure that Maine's WPRS program is beneficial by assisting unemployed workers with returning to work and effective in reducing the overall length of unemployment. WPRS will provide targeted claimants with relevant reemployment services and Eligibility Review Interviews to help minimize the length of unemployment.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Workers who lose their jobs or have their hours or wages reduced because of foreign trade may be eligible for training, job search, relocation, health insurance premiums, and if over 50, wage subsidies. A petition can be filed by the company, three workers, a union official or the state Department of Labor on line at www.etareports.doleta.gov/petition

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Veterans

The CareerCenter offers specialized employment and training services for Veterans. If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces a CareerCenter Representative can help you find a job, get new skills, or access other state or federal resources available to Veterans. CareerCenter Veterans' Representatives are also available to meet with eligible veterans.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

A federal tax credit that offers an incentive for private sector businesses to hire individuals from 8 targeted groups that have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

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Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides employment, training, education, and vocational rehabilitation services to Adults, Dislocated Workers and Youth through the CareerCenter system.

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WARN

Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification program helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.

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