Hitting a major milestone in just over seven months, Maine Quality Centers announced today that more than 10,000 people in Maine have completed COVID-19 safety training from Maine’s community colleges.

Last year, Maine’s hospitality and tourism industry was preparing for a summer season in the midst of a pandemic, and wanted a way to assure customers that businesses were doing everything possible to be COVID safe.

Working with HospitalityMaine and Eastern Maine Community College, Maine Quality Centers (MQC) developed and launched the first COVID safety training program in June, for restaurant workers. Responding to demand, MQC — the short-term training arm of the system — developed additional industry-specific COVID-19 readiness training programs.

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