SMCC expands trade and technical offerings with new trade certificate programs

Southern Maine Community College is expanding its trade and vocational offerings and giving Maine workers more flexible paths to earning one-year technical certificates and two-year college degrees.

The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees this week approved five new certificate programs in SMCC’s Construction Technology, Precision Machining, Automotive Technology and Education academic programs.

“These new certificate programs represent an investment in student success and the Maine economy,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “We have met with business leaders over the past year in developing these programs, which will give students new ways to learn specific skills without having to complete an entire degree program. We are delivering what businesses and students are asking for.”

The new certificate programs are:

  • Construction Technology: Construction Technology Certificate
  • Automotive Technology:
    • Automotive Certificate in Chassis Systems
    • Automotive Certificate in Powertrain Systems
  • Precision Machining: CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Operator Certificate
  • Education: Advanced Certificate in Education

The programs are in development and will be launched over the coming year. They will enable students and workers to access federal financial aid while earning credentials and valuable workforce skills.