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Maine woman accepted to national Academy

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ROCKLAND РLinda Buckmaster, Employment and Training Coordinator for Women, Work and Community, is one of 23 workforce development leaders nationwide accepted into the 2010/2011 Sector Skills Academy. The Academy, jointly operated by the Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative and Public/Private Ventures, provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to share best practices and build new skills.

This class represents state and local public agencies, community-based nonprofits, and community colleges that are helping prepare unemployed and under-employed individuals for jobs in a wide range of sectors. Buckmaster will be focusing on the Green Jobs Sector in Energy, Construction, and Transportation in the state of Maine.

Sector initiatives are industry-specific workforce development approaches targeted to a particular industry and crafting solutions tailored to that industry in that region. They provide training strategies that benefit low-income individuals, including the unemployed, non-traditional labor pools, and low-wage incumbent workers. Sector initiatives include local employers as well as nonprofits and educational institutions.

Women, Work and Community is a statewide economic development organization that helps individuals build their careers, start businesses, manage their money, and grow their assets. For more information about upcoming programs statewide, visit www.womenworkandcommunity.org. Major support for the Sector Academy is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. For more information, contact Buckmaster at 596-2615 or visit www.sectorskillsacademy.org

For More Information:

Contact Name: Gilda Nardone (Executive Director)

Telephone Number: (207)621-3437

Website: http://www.womenworkandcommunity.org

Email: lsbuck@maine.edu, nardone@maine.edu