- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) - Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, three community colleges and a heavy equipment dealer are creating a program to train mechanized logging operators.

Peter Collins from Milton CAT said the heavy equipment dealer is donating $1.2 million worth of equipment. Additional support is being sought from the “Put ME to Work Program,” which was enacted by the Maine Legislature and provides $1 million for the next two years to support creation of new job training programs.

Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Washington County Community College in Calais, and Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle are backing the program, establishing instruction in three of the most heavily forested regions of Maine.

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