Maine Center Professional Education
Training the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow
Flexible, customized learning opportunities are more important today than ever before. For people who work full-time, professional education courses and programs represent the chance to broaden and diversify professional skills without committing years to the pursuit of a graduate degree. Leveraging the academic expertise of the university system and collaborating with a range of community partners, the Maine Center supports Maine’s working professionals and entrepreneurs in a variety of ways. Our initiatives start with identifying a specific need from the community and then bringing the right resources to the table to co-create educational opportunities that will directly address that need. In addition to educational programming, we also produce webinars and podcast episodes on emerging topics in law, business, policy, and public health.
The Visionary Leadership Program (VLP) is a collaboration with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs and Bangor Savings Bank. The cohort program provides development opportunities for leaders of startups and small businesses in Maine. Through monthly virtual meetings, the program builds a strong peer group, teaches leadership skills and tools, and introduces participants to experienced Maine business and thought leaders.
“Trend Talks” is a webinar series on outdoor industry trends and insights, which was developed by Maine Outdoor Brands and the Maine Center. The series is delivered virtually to make these topics as accessible as possible to businesses and organizations statewide. Past webinars have explored trends in outdoor participation, retail and consumer purchasing, tourism, and marketing during the pandemic.
The “Entrepreneurship in the Blue Economy” series is hosted by our friends at the New England Ocean Cluster, and presented with Eaton Peabody. Created in 2019, the program convenes an engaged and ocean-loving audience to raise awareness, promote dialog, and facilitate connections between those interested in the region’s blue economy. Past events have highlighted aquaculture, oysters, outdoor recreation, seaweed, and the Maine brand.
Course short title - Understanding the Covid-19 pandemic (Fall 2020)
Course short description - A webinar series on the Covid-19 pandemic that weaves together perspectives from public health, policy, law, and business. Runs Sept. 3 - Nov. 19.read more
Course short title - Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic (Summer 2020)
Course short description - A free webinar series on the COVID-19 pandemic that pulled together perspectives from public health, policy, law, and business. Expanded offering starts Sept. 3.read more
Course short title - Design thinking in a disrupted world
Course short description - Learn design tools and skills to help you develop more innovative solutions to business challenges. New self-paced course starts June 1.read more
The Maine Center and its academic partners also offer custom programming. To learn more about one of the following programs and discuss pricing, please send us a note.
Data Analytics for Business Intelligence
Designed for data analysts and those who manage data analysts, this workshop provides a primer to the Data Analytics process, including data collection, data exploration, data mining, and business intelligence. The workshop covers topics such as web data collection, open data, web analytics, data modeling, data warehousing design, and the data mining development process. The workshop uses either the programming language Python or R and students will have hands on lab work covering data mining techniques such as the k-nearest neighbor algorithm, decision trees, neural networks, and running real data.
Develop surveys to get the data you want
In the age of over-surveying, it is critical to deploy surveys that are useful and targeted. Join us to learn how to design a survey that will get you the information you need. We will discuss how to establish a survey objective and sampling strategy, develop a survey collection plan, improve your response rate, and write and format effective survey questions. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
Set the foundation to be a data-informed organization
If you are serious about being a data-informed organization, you need to have a clearly articulated theory of change. We will go over the “why’s” and “what-for’s” and help you get started creating or refining your own. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
Tell compelling stories with your data
Everyone has data, but it can be challenging to figure out how to use it in creative ways to show and tell stories of your success. This workshop will explore the basics of data storytelling and give you practice tips for data visualization. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
Data Dashboards: Make data work for you
Data dashboards can be a powerful tool to keep your organization data-informed and you don’t need fancy software to make one! In this workshop we will walk through the process of designing simple dashboards that can help organizations visualize program data, indicators, and other metrics. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
How to develop simple, effective data collection tools
Conducting your own program research can return robust information that directly informs and improves your program’s impact. Given the limited resources available to many nonprofits, it is critical to make your research efforts count. In this workshop you will learn how to design simple and effective interviews, focus groups, and surveys that get you the information you need. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
Track your impact: A performance measurement workshop
How do you know if your organization is having its intended impact? How do you collect data to track your outcomes? What data do you already have and what do you need to collect? And, now that you have data, WHAT do you do with it? In this workshop we clarify and define the core components of a performance measurement plan. This hands-on session will guide you through the purpose and processes of developing a performance measurement approach. (Course offered by the Data Innovation Project, housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine)
More professional development courses are available through the University of Southern Maine Professional Development Program. For those looking for educational resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, the Maine Small Business Development Centers and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs offer in-person and online workshops.
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