PVAEC and TCTC are offering a CDL-B course to prepare you for written and road tests for your CDL-B license. Instruction is based on State Laws, Industry Regulations and Equipment Maintenance required for licensing. State of Maine standards for classroom and driving instruction are adhered to during the course. Students spend a good part of their instructional time operating trucks through a combination of on the range practice and road time. Students that successfully complete the program will possess entry-level skills as required by the trucking industry. There will be a pre-employment drug test, and DOT physical (included with tuition costs). Gaining your CDL-B license opens up many employment opportunities including, bus drivers, lineman utility truck, snow plow truck, and more! For more information, please call 564-6525. (start date TBD – most likely late winter 2020). $2,600 (Tuition assistance is available).
Get a private, one-on-one lesson tailored to suit your needs for your computer or device. Lessons are $5 for every 1/2 hour, generally scheduled on Mondays. Schedule your lesson by emailing Leah at Lgomes@pvaec.org or call her at 564-5883.
Farm stands, farmers’ markets and other direct to customer marketing methods have always relied on “Word of Mouth” marketing to get most of their customers. Now customers are communicating in a variety of ways including digitally and farmers need to be sure their customers can find them easily in the digital universe. 90% of Americans have cell phones and 60% have smartphones. 70% of people use their smartphone as a store locator. Can they find your farm or farmers’ market? What are customers posting about their farm experience at your farm or farmers’ market? Come and find out how you can make your farm stand, farmers’ market or other direct to customer market site more visible to the digital technology. Bring your mobile device if you have one. Donna Coffin is a University of Maine Extension Professor in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties and has been assisting farmers and gardeners since 1980. She utilizes new media in communications with clients and assists farmers in marketing.