3,625 workers trained last year, a 300 percent increase over two years ago.

AUGUSTA – Demand for short-term workforce training is at an all-time high at Maine’s community colleges, which saw a 300 percent increase in trainee graduates over the last two years.

That figure – 3,625 people trained in the fiscal year ending June 30 – doesn’t capture the hundreds of students currently enrolled in scores of new, free, online health care training programs.

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