The Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP), a program of the Department of Labor, helps workers learn new skills and Maine businesses access a qualified workforce to succeed in the changing economy. The program is open to eligible mid-coast Maine residents who attend the UMA Rockland Center.
Frank Zeller of the Rockland Career Center will offer a one-hour information session on CSSP at UMA Rockland on Thursday, March 7 from 12 to 1 pm. All are welcome to attend and learn more.
CSSP financial support is available for those enrolled in certificate, two-year and four-year degrees with a focus on industry recognized credentials. Preference is given to those enrolled in skilled, well-compensated jobs with high employment demand. The Department of Labor developed a list of jobs considered high wage, in demand occupations.
The CSSP pays for tuition and fees that are not paid from other financial aid resources. The CSSP grant may also pay for other supports while you are in training, including childcare, transportation, books, supplies and equipment.
Students who are eligible can receive up to $6000 per year for full-time attendance and up to $3000 for part-time. Students may qualify for the grant for each year they remain in the training program.
CSSP funds are grant monies and do not have to be repaid.
The information session is free and open to any interested party. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required by calling UMA Rockland at 596-6906.