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Opportunities at UMaine Hutchinson

Sep 11, 2020

UMaine Hutchinson Center has much in store for learning this fall.

Most offerings are online, although a few are currently offered in-person. Need-based scholarships for professional development programs are available for Waldo County residents. Learn more online at or call 338-8002.

(Online) SAT Prep with Mary Smyth, M.D.

September session: Sept, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27

October session: Oct. 3-4, 17-18 & 24-25

11 a.m.-noon


Class cap: 6

via Zoom

Online SAT Prep Matters is an SAT prep course designed for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who plan to take the SAT in fall 2020. Course instructor Mary Smyth, M.D., believes students need to understand the concepts, not just cram at the last minute in order to pass a test. Under Smyth’s tutelage, and through their own hard work, most of Smyth’s students have improved their SAT scores by 100-200 points.

(In-person) Public Speaking & Virtual Presentations*

with Toastmaster "Transformation" Tom Dowd, D.T.M.

Friday, Nov. 6

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Class cap: 20

Do you tighten up seeing yourself and your peers on a video call? Do your knees turn to jelly when it’s your turn to speak in front of a crowd? Does your mind transform everything you thought you knew into a jumbled mess? Do you intentionally avoid uncomfortable communication situations in-person and online? Public speaking may not come naturally to many of us, but with the right support and training, it can be developed.

*This in-person program will shift online if necessary.

(Online) Advancing Nonviolent Communication

with Peggy Smith, M.A.

A four-part program: Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 & Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (with breaks every two hours or so)


Class cap: 16

via Zoom

This four-day online workshop will bring clarity on how what you think, say, and do impacts your relationship with yourself and others. Bring your Nonviolent Communication skills to a new level as you transform habits and patterns that are not serving you and those you interact with at work, in your family and in your community. We welcome you to participate if you have had at least 10 hours of prior Nonviolent Communication training.

(In-person) Practical Project Management*

with Angela Wheaton, M.A., P.M.P., C.S.M.

Oct. 2, 9 & 16

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Class cap: 20

Practical Project Management is a comprehensive course that provides useful skills for managing projects in the real world. This concrete and targeted approach will meet you where you are and quickly propel you forward in your project management practice. Practical Project Management is the course for you if you are new to project management, have done a few projects and want to build your effectiveness, or if you’re an experienced project manager looking for new tools and techniques to optimize your practice.

*This in-person program will shift online if necessary.

(In-person) Intimate Partner Violence Certification

with New Hope for Women

Dec. 17 & 18, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

$150/$60 for UMaine students

Class cap: 20

This two-day program, presented in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland, is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders to become certified in intimate partner violence training.

Need-based scholarships available.

Are you a resident of Knox or Waldo county? Want to attend a Hutchinson Center professional development program but don't have the funds? Do you plan to use what you learn through our programs to benefit your community? Apply for a scholarship today. It's not too late!

Check out the full list of our professional development programs at

For more information: UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. (Route 3), Belfast, Maine 04915, 338-8000.


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