October 28, 2021

Van Buren businessman receives industry council employer award

VAN BUREN — John Pelletier, owner and administrator of Borderview Manor in Van Buren, received the Exemplary Employer Award from the 12-county Private Industry Council at it annual awards function in Augusta.

The PIC presented awards in three categories in recognition of distinguished contributions to the council’s efforts to train and place in employment economically disadvantaged Maine residents.

Borderview Manor, a nursing home facility, is one of northern Aroostook County’s largest employers with more than 200 employees. Pelletier is committed to offering quality service at Borderview. Having a well-trained, courteous staff assures him that his commitment can be met.

The PIC recognized Pelletier’s commitment to hiring and retraining Job Training clients and the high success rate and low turnover that the Job Training system strives to accomplish.

Borderview Manor has been associated with the Job Training system in Aroostook since 1982, participating as a site for tryout employment for youth, an on-the-job training site, and a classroom training site for certified nurses aides programs.

The training has been provided in coordination with the Aroostook County Action Program Employment and Training Division, the Job Training deliverer in Aroostook for the PIC.

“Pelletier’s keen insight to the services he can provide and his desire to provide employment opportunities for local people have been the key to a successful partnership with the Job Training system,” said Sonja Fongemie, director of ACAP Employment and Training.

The PIC also recognized Karen Jordan, career development specialist at ACAP Employment and Training, as exemplary employee for her ability and sincere dedication to client success.

Jordan was nominated by her co-workers for this prestigious award, and the PIC honored her as one of only two exemplary employees in the 12-county job training service area.

ACAP Employment and Training received a Certificate of Exemplary Service for its Job Start Venture Development Program in recognition of its innovation and commitment to low-income people.

It is an extension of the Job Start Loan Program, which provides training, technical assistance and financing to qualified applicants seeking to start or strengthen a small business.

Fongemie said self-employment was a viable option to many who seek assistance through the Job Training programs at ACAP.

About 130 attended the awards luncheon at the Augusta Civic Center. The PIC administers about $12 million in federal and state employment and training funds in the 12-county area it serves.

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