AUBURN — The Androscoggin County Commission received a presentation Wednesday from Susan Cerini, the director of workforce services for Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Cedrini spelled out the services her organization does to help area residents who have lost their jobs to receive training and job placement through a variety of programs. The group has been especially active during the pandemic in helping Maine residents.

The group has partnered with adult education programs, such as Lewiston, Turner and New Gloucester, as well as Central Maine Community College in Auburn to help displaced workers receive training for a variety of new careers, Cerini said. Some of the training was in the fields of health care, machinists and food services.

Cerini noted the organization hosts a virtual lobby, where potential employees and employers looking to fill positions speak with a specialist.

Cerini spoke to the commissioners at the invitation of Commissioner Terri Kelly of Mechanic Falls. Kelly is the commissioners’ representative on the Central Western Maine Workforce Board, which is a partner of the corporation.

In other business…

In other business, the board postponed action on naming two commissioners to a building committee, because facilities director David Cote was injured in a car crash last week and will be out of work indefinitely.

Administrator Larry Post reported that a computer security audit was recently completed by the Risk Pool. Post said the report was “pretty decent,” but Information Technology Director Doug Butler has reviewed the results and has worked with vendors to improve the network.

The Registry of Deeds remained closed due to an exposure to COVID, but he expects the office to reopen by next Monday.

The board went into executive session with Sheriff Eric Samson concerning the possible acquisition or sale of property. No action was taken.


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