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May 30, 2018

U.S. Labor Secretary tours Cianbro, Penobscot Job Corps training centers

Courtesy / Office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
Courtesy / Office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joins U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in a tour of the Cianbro Corp.’s job-training facility in Pittsfield on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in tours of the Penobscot Job Corps Center in Bangor and Cianbro Corp.'s job-training facility in Pittsfield on Tuesday.

"I was delighted to welcome Secretary Acosta to Maine and show him two workforce development programs in our state that are giving Mainers the tools they need to build successful careers: the Penobscot Job Corps Center and the Cianbro Institute," Collins said in a news release. "Penobscot Job Corps helps young adults gain hands-on job training skills, putting them on track to excel in high-growth fields, and the Cianbro Institute offers intensive training and education to Mainers seeking good-paying jobs in the construction industry. I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Acosta to support these types of workforce training programs that create opportunities for all Americans."

Job Corps provides hands-on career technical training in high-growth industries for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Penobscot Job Corps currently enrolls more than 200 students and is one of the top-performing Job Corps Centers in the country.

The Cianbro Institute, which was established in 2007, recently relocated into a remodeled building in Pittsfield after outgrowing its original facilities. The institute serves Cianbro employees who wish to improve and develop their skills and it hires and trains new team members to prepare them to enter the construction industry. It has fully-equipped classrooms, office spaces for instructors, areas for larger educational gatherings and a skilled-trades multi-functional room to conduct a variety of hands-on educational sessions.

Since the grand opening of the new facility in August 2017, the institute has provided 53,000 hours of education and development time within 32 different programs and given valuable training to more than 1,000 people.

Cianbro: 1,350 employees in Maine

Cianbro is Maine's largest construction company, with 4,000 employees, including 1,350 in Maine, and annual revenue of $755 million, according to the Mainebiz Book of Lists.

It operates in five markets — building; oil, gas and chemical; infrastructure; power and energy; and industrial and manufacturing — across more than 40 states.

The firm was ranked No. 103 on the list of the Top 400 Contractors in America in 2017, tabulated by Engineering News-Record based on contracting revenue.

Acosta said he appreciated the opportunity to join Collins "in meeting with Mainers who are working to prepare job seekers for success in the workplace."

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