Monday, April 30, 2018

Experience the Kentucky Derby in Maine

Tracks offering Maine’s fastest trotters and pacers, elite racing teams, purses, glory, prizes, contests and other special events on "Derby Day."

Bangor Raceway/Scarborough Downs - May 5th is the biggest day in horse racing in the United States and in most places around the world. Millions of viewers will tune in to watch the Kentucky Derby, one of the most popular and recognizable sporting events in the world. Over 165,000 horse racing fans will flock to Louisville Kentucky and the storied Churchill Downs for this prodigious event!

“Derby Day” also marks the 2018 opening at Bangor Raceway, while Scarborough Downs, Maine’s other commercial harness racing track, has been hosting racing since the end of March. Avid racing fans celebrating at both tracks will have one eye on the Kentucky Derby and the other eye on some of the best live harness racing of the year. Excitement will be in the air as Maine’s fastest trotters and pacers, and their elite racing teams, compete for purses, glory, and bragging rights. Prizes, contests and other special events are planned at each track in tribute to the Kentucky Derby.

About the Kentucky Derby
(From kentuckyderby.com & churchilldowns.com)

"There are few American sporting events with the history and popularity of the Kentucky Derby. It’s rich traditions—sipping a mint julep, donning a beautiful hat, and joining fellow race fans in singing “My Old Kentucky Home”—transcend the Kentucky Derby from just a sporting event, making it a celebration of southern culture and a true icon of Americana. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to 1875.  The race is often referred to as "The Run for the Roses®" and has continuously produced “the most exciting two minutes in sports”; uninterrupted, even when coinciding with profound historical events like The Great Depression and World Wars I & II.

As with any major event, the Kentucky Derby has undergone various changes in its long history. From shortening the distance of the race, the introduction of traditions like draping the winning horse in a garland of roses, to the growing size of Derby crowds, the Kentucky Derby has embraced the change of time, while honoring the integrity of the spectacle race set forth by Meriwether Lewis Clark.

Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs Racetrack conducts Thoroughbred horse racing in Louisville, Kentucky during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval racetrack and a seven-furlong turf race course. Thoroughbred racing, the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks have run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack since 1875. In addition, Churchill Downs Racetrack has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championship eight times."

The Maine Harness Racing Commission’s mission is to provide oversight and support of the Maine’s harness racing industry with a goal of promoting fairness and integrity of the sport.

May Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

The following services and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All services/events require appointments or pre-registration in person or by phone. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.

**Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together - ** Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfer to today's job market. By appointment.

**Gateways to Employment-Every Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon.** Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. Call to pre-register.

**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop -** Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. By appointment.

**Effective Interviewing Skills Workshop -** Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips. By appointment.

**Computer Boot Camp -** All sessions are by appointment only. Basic instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).

**Career Exploration Workshop-Wednesday, May 16, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18.** An extensive and informative three-day workshop offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed for those careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 373-4018 for more information.

**The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**

**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesday, May 1 and 15**

Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aide process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .

**Writing Your Business Plan - Thursday, May 24, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**

Anyone considering starting a small business has heard the question "Do you have a business plan"? Just what is this document and why is it so important? In this two-hour workshop, Maine Small Business Development Center Master Business Advisor from CEI will explain the importance of writing a business plan for all small businesses. Using a case study and presentation approach, Swanson will walk through all the components of a business plan and coach participants on writing their own plan. Call 373-4000 to Pre-Register.

**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 16 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact Workforce Solutions at 207-775-5891 and ask to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative.

**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call 207-386-1664 or go to http://www.newventuresmaine.org . Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Northern Aroostook Region Management Plan – 5 Year Review Public Meeting

ASHLAND, Maine - The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Bureau’s Northern Region Office (45 Radar Road, Ashland), from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, to receive comments on proposed amendments to the Northern Aroostook Region Public Reserved Lands Management Plan adopted in 2007. These amendments resulted from a scheduled 5-year Plan review conducted over the past few months. Written comments will be accepted until May 23, two weeks after the Public Meeting.
The 15-year multiple-use Management Plan adopted by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands for the Northern Aroostook Region in 2007 is subject to reviews at the 5 and 10 year intervals, and a full revision at 15 years. The purpose of the 5-year review is to document progress on addressing the Plan recommendations, and to assess whether any conditions have changed that would warrant amendments to the Plan prior to the 15-year revision. This review is conducted first with the Plan Advisory Committee (AC), and if any amendments are proposed, a public meeting is required to receive comments prior to adoption of the amendments.
The Bureau has corresponded with the AC regarding two proposals developed by the Bureau and requested comments. The proposals are for developing one or more camper trailer campsites at the Deboullie Unit, and for making an existing water-access campsite at Eagle Lake accessible to ATVs, and possibly to other vehicles in the future. The potential for these types of recreation improvements was discussed in the Plan; the Bureau has determined that the proposed amendments are now warranted due to ongoing demand for the enhancements.
The proposed amendments and the management have been posted on the Department website at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/n_aroostook.
After the comment period, the Final plan amendments will be prepared for review and adoption by the Commissioner and will become part of the Northern Aroostook Region Management Plan.
For more information, contact:
Jim Vogel, Management Plan Coordinator (jim.vogel@maine.gov)Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands22 State House StationAugusta, Maine 04333(207) 287-2163(207) 287-6170 (fax)

May Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Rockland, Maine - The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

The following services are free to the public and available at the CareerCenter. All require pre-registration or an individual appointment made in person or by phone at 596-2600 unless otherwise noted.

**Career Directions -** Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, and motivations, and see how they connect to today's job market. By appointment.

**Resume and Cover Letter Writing -** Learn the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. By appointment.

**Small Business Start-Up Class-Tuesday, May 22, 1 to 3 p.m.** Learn the basics about creating a business plan, with certified business counselor David Hill. Call to pre-register.

**Effective Interviewing Skills -** Learn some ideas to make your next job interview more effective. By appointment.

**Planning Your Job Search -** The latest tips and ideas for a successful job search in today's labor market. By appointment.

**Computer Boot Camp -** To introduce computer basics to people who have never used one before. By appointment.

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation -** Introduction to services for jobseekers who feel they have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job. By appointment. Call 596-2641.

**Training Program Information -** For details about training in various occupations, call Workforce Solutions at 930-7047 or the CareerCenter at 596-2600. Please note, eligibility requirements apply.

**Employer Services -** To learn about no-cost services including Hiring Assistance, Workforce Training Workers, Labor Law Assistance, Layoffs, and Workplace Health and Safety, call 596-2600.

**Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:**

**New Ventures Maine** offers no-cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call the Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664. The Rockland area office can be reached at 593-7942, and is at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite 402 Rockland, Maine 04841. http://www.newventuresmaine.org

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter."

Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St., Suite 201. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays except on holidays, and can be reached at 207-596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

May Programs for Job Seekers and Employers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

PORTLAND - The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces May programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Unemployed Professional Group - Tuesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon**

The Unemployed Professional Group offers real-time networking, professional advice, current information as to what employers are looking for in resumes, invitations to networking events, and contacts for the "hidden job market". This workshop is a great resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and employers seeking individuals looking for work. It is a great tool for career exploration. Join us for the kind of networking where every Tuesday morning brings something special to the group. No registration is required.

**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Tuesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, by Appointment Only**

Discuss college and trade schools in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues, admission issues and financial aid. Bring your 2017 Federal Tax Return and your High School or GED Transcripts (if available). Contact Randi Paine at 1-800-281-3703 to register.

**Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter - Wednesday, May 2, 12 noon to 3 p.m.**

More than 25 employers that are recruiting will be available to meet job seekers, accept resumes, and discuss current open positions. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume! View an exhibitor list under "Job Fairs" at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Available positions are also posted online at http://www.maine.gov/joblink . 

**Resume Information Seminar - Fridays, May 4 and 18, 9 to 11 a.m.**

This not-to-be-missed workshop will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to ensure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers. Registration is required as the workshops fill quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.

**Career Exploration Workshop (CEW) - Two-Day Workshop: Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8. Pre-Assessment Required on May 3**

This extensive and informative two-day workshop is offered to Vocational Rehabilitation Clients, who will be able to explore a variety of career paths and research the required skills needed. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.

**Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Orientation - Wednesdays, May 9 and 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**

This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment. The orientation provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed. If interested, please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. Alternatively, you can view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .

**Employers' Emporium: Making the Most of Maine JobLink - Wednesday, May 23, 2:30 p.m.**

This workshop is designed to help employers identify and develop tools that will enable them to attract and retain the workforce they need in this very tight labor market. This workshop is designed to help employers use the State's no-cost job-matching tool effectively. Please contact Cindy Edwards, cindy.edwards@maine.gov for more detailed information.

**Job Interview Workshop - Friday, May 25, 9 to 11 a.m.**

Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. Explore interview preparation and have an opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. Learn how to make that great first impression to employers, emphasizing your strengths and motivating employers to want to hire you, and tips on how to answer employer's tough interview questions.

This workshop is targeted for people just beginning the job search process, or those who have not had success in finding work. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 822-3300.

**Gateways to Employment - Call for schedule and to register**

This workshop is an introduction to the job search process covering a variety of topics tailored to entering the job market. Topics may include assessing individual abilities, interests and skills; discovering the "hidden job market"; cover letter tips; job search strategies; and other resources for job seekers. These sessions are targeted to both first time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search. Contact Senja St. John at 822-3347 or senja.st.john@maine.gov for information.

**About the CareerCenter**

The Greater Portland CareerCenter is part of a two-story, 75,000 square foot facility, co-located with the Department of Health and Human Services. The new facility offers a high-tech information center and computer lab for job seeking, resume writing, and applying for jobs, and spacious conference rooms and interview rooms to host workshops, job fairs, and individualized employer recruitments.

The CareerCenter is a stop on Portland Metro Route 5 and is located just off Exit 46 of the Maine Turnpike, and offers free parking. The CareerCenter is is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or by calling 822-3300 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711).

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

May Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

SPRINGVALE - The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted. 

**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. to 12 noon**

A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two to three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit Maine Educational Opportunity Center's website, meoc.maine.edu.

**GATEways to Employment - Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**

Join this workshop for a basic overview of CareerCenter Services as well as resume, interview and job search skills. Gateway to Employment gives an overview of basic information on Resumes, Interviews and Job Search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.

**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon**

Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the dos and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call 324-5460 today to reserve a seat.

**York County Monthly Job Fair - Monday, May 21, 1 to 4 p.m.**

Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required. Check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml and York County CareerCenter on Facebook and Twitter for a list of participating employers.

**Vets Serving Veterans Helping Veterans - "Exploring Employment Techniques" - Thursday, May 31, 10 a.m. to Noon**

Join us for an interactive Veteran Support Group discussion. Gain knowledge of support services available to our Maine Veterans. You can register by calling 324-5460 or emailing one of our Veteran Service Representatives: mark.t.braun@maine.gov or francis.a.abbott@maine.gov

**Veterans Helping Veterans -"Federal Employment through USA Jobs" (Workshop) Thursday, May 31, 1 to 3 p.m.**

Join us for an interactive Veteran Support Group discussion and gain knowledge of the proper steps to apply for a federal job. You can register by calling 324-5460 or emailing one of our Veteran Service Representatives: mark.t.braun@maine.gov or francis.a.abbott@maine.gov

**Employer Recruitments for March at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**

- **Bonney Staffing, CoWorx, MASIS and Waban - Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, noon to 3 p.m.**

Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.

**York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in May:**

**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center at 207-571-3301.

**New Ventures Maine** - Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and communities. New Ventures Maine helps individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, and take action towards their goals: start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the community. Looking for something different? Register for no-cost trainings at locations across Maine. Check online to see what they have scheduled at http://newventuresmaine.org/ or call 1-800-442-2092.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for York County Maine CareerCenter. To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook and search York County Maine CareerCenter. To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for York CareerCenter.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

May Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

SKOWHEGAN- Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in May.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950 unless otherwise noted.

**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Tuesday, May 1 and 15, 1 to 3 p.m.**

This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well-written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.

**GATEway to Employment - Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.**

This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the "hidden job market," identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

**Successful Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, May 8, 1 to 3 p.m.**

Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "Dos and Dont's" and what to expect during the process.

**Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Wednesday, May 9 and 23, 10 a.m.**

This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year's income tax forms to this appointment. Call MEOC at 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices that are in the same building as the CareerCenter. Enter through DHHS.

**Computer Skill Basics: Start at the Beginning - Friday, May 11, 9 to 11 a.m.**

This course is designed for the novice user to learn the basics of the computer components:

- Understanding the mouse and keyboard. - Cover the "basics" of typing a document using Microsoft Word. - Learn to get you "up and running" with your job search.

**It All Starts Here - Monday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m.**

Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now!

**About the CareerCenter**

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are at no cost to participants.

Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

May Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

WILTON- For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in May. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

"Maine had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. in March, and over 4,500 more Mainers are working this year versus the same time last year," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Employers need qualified people to fill many open jobs, so I urge you to connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter. Our team will help you search for a new or better job, improve your resume writing and interview skills, and get the most out of the job fairs happening right now."

**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Thursday, May 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m.**

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations at the Wilton CareerCenter are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning - Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m. to Noon**

This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call 1-800-281-3703 for workshop details and registration.

**Employer Expectations: Wednesday, May 16, 1 to 3 p.m.**

The workshop will cover the following topics:

- Creating a Great Resume - Preparing for your interview - Preparing for a New Job

Individual follow-ups may occur for resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. The workshop is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US. This is a workshop for anyone who is interested in improving their resume writing skills; as well as tips on interviewing, and new job preparedness from an employer's perspective. Please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

**Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Wednesday, May 16, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, 2 to 4 p.m.**

This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the third Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

**Small Business Training**

Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:

- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"

Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 207-622-8555

**About the CareerCenter**

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The Wilton CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Staff work directly with employers, educational institutions and other stakeholders on their needs for a quality workforce during the rest of the week. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Secretary Dunlap to host ranked-choice voting information sessions

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will make four stops across the state during the month of May to provide information to voters regarding the new ranked-choice voting method that will be used in the June 12 Primary Election. Secretary Dunlap will visit:



For those who are unable to attend, Secretary Dunlap will also offer the presentation and question-and-answer session via Facebook LIVE on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m., on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaineSOS/ .

Secretary Dunlap will provide information on what voters can expect to see at the polls and how the ranked-choice tabulation will be conducted, and answer voters' questions. He will also remind voters of the related People's Veto referendum question, which will be presented on a separate ballot on June 12.

Voters will find information about ranked-choice voting on the Secretary of State's website on the RCV Resources page at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/rcv.html .

Maine DOE approves formation of 12 regional service centers

Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr has approved the formation of 12 Regional Service Centers as part of the Department’s EMBRACE Regionalization initiative. Collectively, the 12 centers represent 84 discrete School Administrative Units (SAU) and 56 percent of Maine’s students.

“We recognize the hard work of the visionaries who have realized the positive impact that regional service centers can have on the future of Maine’s educational landscape,” said Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “These partnerships will allow participating districts to provide much-needed programs and services for the students of the region."

Maine DOE Regional Service Centers (RSC) are non-profit multi-service agencies formed in 2018 under 20-A M.R.S Chapter 123. The centers are established and operated for the purpose of serving its member school units’ needs and to:

  • Increase access to high-quality engaging student programming.
  • Increase SAU efficiency and effectiveness through technical assistance.
  • Provide direct, regionally shared services.
  • Implement grants received for state initiatives.
The Regional Service Center model is built to ensure maximum flexibility and creativity. The types of services reflected in the partnership agreements of the 12 RSCs address the needs of the local school communities that will be served by the regional service centers.
 
To see a summary of the Regional Service Center Part I and Part II applications and their approval status, view the Status of Regional Service Centers webpage. To view regionalization initiatives by location, including RSCs, and both rounds of EMBRACE grants, click on the EMBRACE Regionalization Google Interactive Map.
 
Over the next few months, the newly formed RSCs will work to obtain each member school unit’s school board and local approval. The RSCs that receive final approval from the Commissioner will begin serving their membership in the 2018–19 school year. The Regional Service Center application processes is ongoing. The Department anticipates an opportunity for a second round of applications in the next fiscal year.
 
Each SAU that is a member of a Regional Service Center will receive a Regionalization and Efficiency Assistance Allocation as part of their General Purpose Aid (GPA) from the State of Maine, and the Regional Service Center will receive direct State funding for operational costs.
 
For more information on regionalization opportunities, visit the Department’s EMBRACE Regionalization Information Center.

Dove Cameron Attends 2018 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Pasadena, California - Twenty two year old actress Dove Cameron looking lovely wearing a pink top, pants and white heels attends the 2018 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Center on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
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Jaylen Barron Attends 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk Benefiting Lollipop Theater Network

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Los Angeles, California - Twenty year old actress Jaylen Barrons looking great wearing black top, pants, shoes and blue denim jacket attends the 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk benefiting the Lollipop Theater Network at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.


Trinitee Stokes Attends 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk Benefiting Lollipop Theater Network

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Los Angeles, California - Twelve year old actress Trinitee Stokes looking wonderfulful wearing pink top, pants, black/pink jacket and shoes attends the 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk benefiting the Lollipop Theater Network at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.


Lilimar Attends 3rd Annual Young Entertainer Awards

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Universal City, California - Seventeen year old actress Lilimar looking lovely wearing red jumpsuit and black heels attends the 3rd Annual Young Entertainer Awards at The Globe Theatre back on April 15, 2018 in Universal City, California.


Lilimar Attends 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk Benefiting Lollipop Theater Network

Los Angeles, California - Seventeen year old actress Lilimar looking beautiful wearing white top, tie-dye pants, jacket and white shoes attends the 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk benefiting the Lollipop Theater Network at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Soni Bringas Attends 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk Benefiting Lollipop Theater Network

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Los Angeles, California - Sixteen year old actress Soni Bringas looking fabulous wearing gray sweater, purple top, black pants and gray shoes attends the 2nd Annual Lollipop Superhero Walk benefiting the Lollipop Theater Network at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.