Employment and Training
Serve job seekers and employers County-wide at offices located in Madawaska, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, and Houlton. Local employers looking to attract and retain more skilled workers can access technical and funding assistance to support on-the-job trainings and formal apprenticeships. In addition to our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, ACAP also manages special U.S. Department of Labor grants targeting manufacturing, healthcare, IT, and people who have been unemployed for six months or more. Contact Us

Adult Program - ACAP helps over 200 Aroostook County adults every year, matching them with a personal job counselor to help them decide the next step in their career, and how to find the resources to pay for it. Adult services include:

• help with job search

• help with completing a high school diploma

• college preparation and transition activities; occupational training (like CNA and CDL certifications); training in how to start your own business

• paid on-the-job training and work experience in high-wage, high-demand careers

• people attending training or classes can qualify for additional help with childcare and transportation while they attend class or work.

Youth Program - Job counselors work with eligible youth (ages 16 to 24) to identify educational and career goals, and give them special help to reach those goals, including tutoring, financial education, and being matched with a mentor – a successful person already in the Aroostook County workforce who can help give guidance along the way.

• tutoring, study skills training, and high school completion

• paid work experience

• help applying to college and paying for college classes

• occupational skill training, with a focus on recognized college and employment credentials and in-demand occupations

• supportive services like help paying for childcare for parents; follow-up services for at least 12 months after program completion; comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol abuse counseling if needed; entrepreneurial skills training

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Case Management Services - Provides information, referrals, advocacy and assistance with food, shelter, and other resources to those in need. Case Management is a method of providing services whereby a professional Social Worker collaboratively assesses the needs of the client and the client’s family, when appropriate, and arranges, coordinates, monitors, evaluates, and advocates for a package of multiple services to meet the specific client’s complex needs.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) - Provides assistance to income-eligible households for emergency fuel delivery or an electrical disconnect emergency.

Helping Hands Emergency Services - Provides assistance to households for emergency needs (especially fuel) where other resources, including LIHEAP and ECIP, are not available. The program includes follow-up case management services to assist households with preventing future such crises.

Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative

The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) works to reconnect youth who are involved with the Department of Corrections. Through a process of Restorative Practice, youth work with community mentors, complete community service projects, and participate in restorative circles that promote accountability and repair. Our coordinator is fully licensed and is available to promote Restorative Practice in the community, including schools, community groups, businesses, and organizations.

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